JaguarsAndMagpies again, writing this on Conference Championship week where the Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers, Denver Broncos, and the New England Patriots are going to fight for that Super Bowl title. Now for Jags fans, it's been a painful and flabbergasting time ever since the 2008 Playoffs where the Jacksonville Jaguars lost in the Divisional Round against the New England Patriots. The Jacksonville Jaguars, ever since, have been drafting players to an extent where their value was not worth the pick in the last year of Shack Harris to Gene Smith. The topic here today is about the 2014 NFL Draft again. If you watched ESPN the other day, you saw Mel Kiper Jr. mocking the Jags taking Jadeveon Clowney with the #3 pick, passing up on Teddy Bridgewater with Johnny Manziel and Jake Matthews going at #1 and #2 to the Houston Texans and the St. Louis Rams. Jaguar fans are not too happy with this.
If the Jags were stuck in this scenario, what would Dave Caldwell do? I know that Jags fans are aching for a quarterback since last year when we all knew that Blaine Gabbert isn't the answer to the Jaguars' prayers. Dave Caldwell will not budge on a quarterback unless he thinks that quarterback is a Franchise guy. Last year was the same scenario, the Jags could have taken Geno Smith with the 33rd Overall Pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, but passed on him for a very promising safety in Jonathan Cyprien. Later on in the 3rd and 4th Rounds, the Jaguars passed on the likes of Ryan Nassib, Matt Barkley, and Landry Jones for guys like Dwayne Gratz and Ace Sanders, who Jags fans really like in the future. So what do we do then? I say we just trust Dave Caldwell to make the right move for this Franchise because that's what we hired him to do. Remember that we have a OT of the future Luke Joeckel, a promising young secondary with guys including Cyprien, Gratz, and Josh Evans, and quick offensive weapons in Sanders and Denard Robinson.
Now without further ado, here is my full 2014 First Round Mock Draft:
#1 Houston Texans: QB Teddy Bridgewater - LOUISVILLE
#2 St. Louis Rams (from Washington Redskins): OT Jake Matthews - TEXAS A&M
#3 Jacksonville Jaguars: DE Jadeveon Clowney - SOUTH CAROLINA
#4 Cleveland Browns: OB Blake Bortles - UCF
#5 Oakland Raiders: CB Darqueze Dennard - MICHIGAN STATE
#6 Atlanta Falcons: OLB/DE Anthony Barr - UCLA
#7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers: WR Sammy Watkins - CLEMSON
#8 Minnesota Vikings: QB Johnny Manziel - TEXAS A&M
#9 Buffalo Bills: OT Cyrus Kouandjio - ALABAMA
#10 Detroit Lions: CB Justin Gilbert - OKLAHOMA STATE
#11 Tennessee Titans: DE Kony Ealy - MISSOURI
#12 New York Giants: OT Greg Robinson - AUBURN
#13 St. Louis Rams: WR Mike Evans - TEXAS A&M
#14 Chicago Bears: DT Louis Nix III - NORTE DAME
#15 Pittsburgh Steelers: OT Zack Martin - PENN STATE
#16 Baltimore Ravens: OLB/DE Khalil Mack - BUFFALO
#17 Dallas Cowboys: S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix - ALABAMA
#18 New York Jets: WR Marqise Lee - USC
#19 Miami Dolphins: OT Taylor Lewan - MICHIGAN
#20 Arizona Cardinals: QB Derek Carr - FRESNO STATE
#21 Green Bay Packers: S Calvin Pryor - LOUISVILLE
#22 Philadelphia Eagles: CB Jason Verrett - TCU
#23 Kansas City Chiefs: WR Kelvin Benjamin - FLORIDA STATE
#24 Cincinnati Bengals: WR Allen Robinson - PENN STATE
#25 San Diego Chargers: DT Ra'Shede Hageman - MINNESOTA
#26 Cleveland Browns (from Indianapolis Colts): OLB Ryan Shazier - OHIO STATE
#28 Carolina Panthers: WR Odell Beckham Jr. - LSU
#29 San Francisco 49ers: DE Trent Murphy - STANFORD
#30 New England Patriots: TE Eric Ebron - NORTH CAROLINA
#31 Denver Broncos: CB Bradley Roby - OHIO STATE
#32 Seattle Seahawks: CB Marcus Roberson - FLORIDA
Why Clowney? As of now, he is the #1 ranked prospect on a lot of Big Boards right now and has that explosiveness on the D-Line. I don't want to show more love to Clowney than I've already had, if you've read my first article, but I'll let some highlights do the talking:
Now there are other possible selections that are possible for the #3 Pick, and here are other candidates other than Jadeveon Clowney:
- QB Teddy Bridgewater: This man is the most developed passer in the NFL Draft. He also has the legs to get out of the pocket to extend the play even further, but not a speed burner type, but that's what you want if you can sling the ball with great accuracy. This would be an amazing selection if he isn't selected by the Texans, Rams, or teams that could look to trade up.
- QB Johnny Manziel: This man is a human highlight reel. This man can beat you with his arm and his legs with many fashioned plays in his games against Alabama and Duke. The only problems would be that would would want Johnny Football to stop running around when it isn't necessary and to try to solve his off-the-field issues. That can easily achieved with time and experience if the Jags could go with Manziel at #3.
- OLB/DE Anthony Barr: This man is the perfect LEO for the Jaguars needs. He has a burst from the line and shows that he can get to whoever has the ball. Size may be an issue lining up, but the 6'4" 244 lb. player is here to make an impact in the NFL.
Other men would be in consideration, too, like Sammy Watkins, Blake Bortles, and Khalil Mack but we shall wait and see on draft day...
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