2014 NFL Mock Draft: Jaguars go after a QB

Ethan Miller

In Dan Kadar's latest mock draft, the Jaguars take the second quarterback off the board.

There's just one week left in the 2013 NFL season, and barring a big upset against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 17, it's likely the Jacksonville Jaguars will end up with the third overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, leaving the pick possibility pretty interesting.

Dan Kadar of SB Naiton's Mocking The Draft has the Jaguars going quarterback with the third overall pick:

3. Jacksonville Jaguars: Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State

The book on Carr is out, and Southern California showed it blowing out Fresno State in the Las Vegas Bowl. Carr is a strong-arm pocket passer who gets tentative when facing a blitz. Would that make Jacksonville a good fit for Carr? According to Pro Football Focus, the Jaguars are near the middle of the pack in pass blocking. It stands to reason the line will be better next season with a healthy Luke Joeckel. It's also a fair assumption that an NFL offensive line would perform better than Fresno State's did this season. Getting a quarterback in place sooner rather than later should accelerate Jacksonville's rebuilding process.

I can't speak too much for Derek Carr, as I have only watched a handful of his games. My first impression of him was this past weekend's bowl game against USC, where Carr struggled to get anything going in the face of pressure and most of his throws were short or horizontal. I noticed he seemed to throw off his back foot and fade away a ton, but more worrisome was he felt pressure sometimes when it wasn't there.

I know a lot of Jaguars fans on Twitter immediately soured on Carr because of how he dealt with the pressure, which is understandable considering the last quarterback the Jaguars picked in the Top 10 had the same issue and well... it didn't turn out too well.

The few other games I watched he lit up defenses, but it was similar to passing against air to wide open receivers. Carr should be participating in the 2014 Senior Bowl, so it will be interesting to see how he stacks up against the other senior signal callers.

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