As the season closes and the offseason grows closer, I've decided to make my second full mock draft for the Jaguars. My first mock was done right after Thanksgiving and has changed a bit as a result of rankings, underclassman, and a few other factors taken into account. Obviously we are still extremely early on in the scouting process, but with being a school teacher and having a few days to myself I thought now would be a good time for version 2.0. No trades because it's too difficult to simulate that.
1st Round (4th Overall)
Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida - I have been intrigued by this guy ever since I saw him play against my Gamecocks a few months ago. He has shot up draft boards in the past few weeks and I can really see why. This guy has a Big Ben factor to his game; with the ability to avoid sacks and has the knack to make those irrational plays after scrambling for six or seven seconds. He makes all the throws and seems to have that leadership ability that is vital at the quarterback position. Playing in a smaller conference does not worry me that much due to the fact that he did not skip a beat when playing in big situations like at Penn State. He'll play in the Fiesta Bowl so the whole country will be able to watch him and pick apart his game. For now, I like him as the Jags new signal caller in 2014. Previous Pick: Derek Carr
2nd Round (36th Overall)
Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt - The Jaguars lack size in regards to the receiving corps; Matthews would change that. We have all seen Jedd Fisch matchup Marcedes Lewis with his size. Matthews would be placed in similar situations. Matthews is a smart receiver with good route running skills. Just adds another weapon to the offense. Previous Pick: Cyril Richardson
Round 3 (68th Overall)
Michael Sam, OLB/LEO, Missouri - After two picks on the offensive side of the ball, we now add to the defense. If you watch a lot of SEC football, you have heard this name before. Sam was an extremely productive player this year for Mizzou. Whether they decide he fits best at the Will linebacker or LEO. Sam will make plays for our D. Hopefully he doesn't shoot up draft boards too much before May. Previous pick: Kelcy Quarles
4th Round (2 Picks)
Storm Johnson, RB, Central Florida - Johnson would add some big play ability to the backfield. I am in the camp of bringing back Maurice, but either way, Storm would benefit the Jags. Take the UCF QB, now the tailback.
Beau Allen, DT, Wisconsin - Adding more to the defensive line. If you watch this guy play or listen to him speak you will want him on your team immediately. Allen could play at the 3 or 1 technique in Bradley's system.
5th Round (3 Picks)
James Stone, C, Tennessee - Brad Meester retiring will make center a need this off-season. Stone will compete with Mike Brewster for the center position moving forward.
Henry Anderson, DE, Stanford - Adding to the Defensive line. Staying with the mold of a well-coached, large. athletic lineman.
Brandon Linder, Guard, Miami - This will potentially send Will Rackley packing. Linder has the potential to be a plug an play type player who could be a steal this late.
Denicos Allen, OLB, Michigan State - An undersized linebacker coming from a successful unit. Allen can bring some explosiveness to our linebacker unit.
Louis Young, CB, Georgia Tech - A large press corner; adding to the crop. In this league nowadays you can never have enough DB's.