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Bunch of Mocks #6: Explanations Included

It has been a while since I did one of these, and for this installment I decided to add explanations for each pick.

MOCK A

1.2

Geno Smith

QB

West Virginia

If the Chiefs pass on Geno, the Jaguars would be very tempted to take the #1 QB in the class. To be frank, the QB situation was not solved when the Jaguars took Gabbert in 2011, and until the QB of the future is found, this team is not going to contend.

2.1

D.J. Fluker

OT

Alabama

One of the issues that plague this team is the offensive line, and it might be so that with better play from the line, the play of Gabbert would be more promising. Regardless, RT is the biggest need on the O-Line, and Fluker in my opinion is the best RT option in the class.

3.2

Brandon Williams

DT

Missouri Southern

With Knighton set to hit free agency, and his play this year in particular being somewhat lacking, the team could choose to look to the draft for that big NT-type player. Williams went to a "small school" but is a big time talent. I have not seen extensive tape of him, but from what I saw of his Senior Bowl practices, I am extremely impressed with him.

4.1

Zavier Gooden

OLB

Missouri

Between the fact that Daryl Smith is a free agent and there is an OLB spot already open for the taking this team will look OLB in the draft, and Gooden is an intriguing player to consider.

5.2

Micah Hyde

CB

Iowa

He popped up on my radar last year before he chose to return to school. He is a big CB who very well could fit into the defense Gus Bradley envisions for this team.

6.1

David Bass

LEO

Missouri Western

I might be totally off to think this guy could play LEO. From what I know, he was an effective pass rusher in college(39.5 career sacks), who for a late round selection seems to be an interesting option.

7.2

Cooper Taylor

SS

Richmond

Behind Landry and Lowery, there really isn't much, if anything, to get excited about. Taylor is a good player who had health issues in the past but, should he get beyond those, could be a very good pickup this late.

MOCK B

1.2

Barkevious Mingo

LEO

LSU

I have made it known I do not love this pick, but I am coming to realize it could make a lot of sense. This team needs a pass rush and Mingo can provide that.

2.1

Khaseem Greene

OLB

Rutgers

OLB is a need, and Greene happens to be my favorite OLB in the class, although that is primarily because up here in NY, I saw a ton of Rutgers games. Greene really is an impressive player who could immediately upgrade the OLB spot

3.2

E.J. Manuel

QB

Florida St.

Do I think this is high for Manuel? Absolutely. However, when it comes to the draft, I think this is going to be around the spot he will be taken. With the recent success of Kaepernick and RG3, when I think about the QB situation of this team, I tend to think of the potential of read option looks as a young OC from the college ranks comes to JAX. Of the QBs likely to be available around this pick, Manuel likely is the best choice for a read option offense.

4.1

Tharold Simon

CB

LSU

I am not as impressed with Simon as other people I have encountered on the internet, but in the 4th round, I definitely think he fits. He is big and has solid speed. I do think he is a bit stiff, but in the 4th round, I am not sure that is enough to prevent me from drafting him to help fill a pretty major need on this team.

5.2

Montori Hughes

DT

Tennessee-Martin

DT is a position of need, and Hughes is a talented player who I think could have gone higher than this if not for the fact that he was dismissed from the Volunteers prior to this season and had to go play for a lesser school.

6.1

Garrett Gilkey

OG

Chadron State

I knew nothing of this guy prior to the Senior Bowl, and him from the little bit I saw, I was impressed. OG is definitely a position of need, and while I am not entirely sure he would be a starter, I think he makes an excellent depth player with potential to eventually become a good starter.

7.2

Rex Burkhead

RB

Nebraska

In my opinion, the injuries he suffered in 2012 might be enough to drop him to the top of the 7th round. While he was a RB in college, I am intrigued by turning Burkhead into one of those FB/H-Back types in the NFL these days.

MOCK C

1.2

Star Lotulelei

DT

Utah

This Jaguar offensive line needs a lot of help and I think that Lotulelei is a massive upgrade who I think is one of the few guys In the draft this year that could become elite in a few years.

2.1

Ryan Nassib

QB

Syracuse

At this point, I am high on Nassib among that cluster of QBs likely to be there at #33. QB is a need and Nassib has been a major part of the turnaround of the Syracuse football program. I think he will make a good NFL QB who could come in and legitimately challenge Gabbert for the starting job.

3.2

Darius Slay

CB

Mississippi St.

In this league, you can never have too many good CBs. As it stands, the Jaguars going into the 2013 season won't really have any (top 2 CB worthy that is). Bradley likes his CBs big and physical and that is exactly what Slay can bring to the table.

4.1

Marquise Goodwin

WR

Texas

It might be optimistic to think he lasts to this point, but I will say the fact that he is short drops him to this point. As for why him, he has a legitimate shot to run a sub 4.3 40-time. That is precisely what I call game changing speed. He also can probably be effective in the return game with that kind of speed.

5.2

Keith Pough

OLB

Howard

It is hard for me to put in words what it is I like about Pough. He just seems to be a serious, devoted, and intense football player that could be a good LB in the NFL for years to come.

6.1

Kyle Juszczyk

FB

Harvard

If you do not know it by now, Juszczyk is my late round "man crush". I think he is going to be a phenomenal NFL football player and I would be absolutely ecstatic to see him in Jacksonville. I am all for letting Greg Jones leave and transitioning to more of a FB/H-Back, which I think Juszczyk is.

7.2

Braden Brown

OT

BYU

Brown has extensive experience at RT, as he protected his lefthanded QB's blindside. While I am not so sure about him as a player, the fact that he has experience on the right side, coupled with the need for a RT (both starting and depth) makes Brown an excellent choice at this point in the draft.

MOCK D

1.2

Matt Barkley

QB

USC

As of right now, Barkley is my #2 QB in the draft and so he is the pick. Geno goes #1, but that should not mean the Jaguars don't go QB in the first if they deem another QB in the class to have the ability to be a franchise QB.

2.1

Sylvester Williams

DT

UNC

I like Williams most among the DTs likely to be there at #33. Some people might prefer a guy like Kawaan Short, but I prefer Williams.

3.2

Jelani Jenkins

OLB

Florida

He is coming off injury, but he is still a good player who can boost this team's OLB group.

4.1

David Quessenberry

OT

San Jose St.

Whether he can play OT or has to move inside to OG, Quessenberry is a talented offensive lineman who I would be glad to see on the Jaguars in 2013 and beyond.

5.2

Sanders Commings

CB

Georgia

In Mock A I have Hyde in the 5th and here I have Commings in the 5th. Personally, I prefer Hyde, but I think both guys fits the mold of what Bradley wants out of his CBs and both would make sense in the 5th round.

6.1

Shamarko Thomas

SS

Syracuse

Safety depth is a need and while I would not even put it past this team to try and save money by cutting Landry, I will assume he stays but the Jaguars still bring in Thomas who is a pretty solid player.

7.2

Kerwynn Williams

RB

Utah St.

This team needs RB depth and Williams is a good RB that should be there in the 7th round.

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