Needs (in order): QB, LG, C, LEO, SAM, outside WR, NT, FS, HB
With much cap room to spend and six losing seasons straight the Jags target a few expensive signings in Brian Orakpo, Michael Johnson, Michael Bennett, Jason Worilds, Alex Mack, and Eric Decker. If we’re lucky we sign two or three of these guys and get instant starters at our greater needs.
For this mock let’s assume we were not able to sign Orakpo, Johnson, Mack, or Decker, but we sign Bennett and Worilds and also pick up Hakeem Nicks as a cheaper and less talented alternative to Decker. Nicks could improve in a lot of areas but has shown streaks of talent and is only 26. Now LEO, SAM, and outside WR are less a concern.
Round 1, Pick 3: QB Teddy Bridgewater (Louisville)
Concerns over his thin build and weak competition have the Texans pass on Bridge for Clowney or Manziel and the Rams give Bradford another year and pick Clowney or Matthews or Watkins. The most pro-ready quarterback in the draft falls to pick three. Bridgewater’s intermediate route accuracy combined with Shorts III’s precise route running will be a combination feared throughout the southeast for years to come.
Round 2, Pick 7: LG Gabe Jackson (Mississippi State)
Let’s make things easier for our new quarterback. Jackson has the size and quickness to immediately be plugged in at starting guard opposite Uche and significantly improve our interior line play.
Round 3, Pick 6: HB Andre Williams (Boston College)
Williams is slower than most NFL backs but he fights for every yard and excels at breaking tackles. That talent led him to more than 2,000 yards rushing in 2013 and a spot as a Heisman finalist. He would provide the perfect complement to Todman’s specialty of quick outside runs and add a dangerous weapon on third and short and goal line situations.
Round 3, Pick 20-25 (Trade Round 4, Pick 5 and Round 7, Pick 7): LEO Jerimiah Attaochu (Georgia Tech)
Attaochu has the speed and lanky frame needed for the LEO position.
Round 4, Pick 14: NT Daniel McCullers (Tennessee)
We need to stew up a new batch of Pot Roast. With his massive frame McCullers will clog up the middle, he should be an effective run stopper and helps Sen’Derrick be even more effective rushing the passer.
Round 5, Pick 6: C Tyler Larsen (Utah State)
Larsen is as good as any mid-round center and has a shot at being a long term starter on the O line.
Round 5, Pick 10: FB Jay Prosch (Auburn)
Prosch can provide the dependable run blocking that has been missing since Greg Jones left. He also has good hands, his talent receiving should interest creative offensive coordinators like Jedd Fisch.
Round 5, Pick 18: OG Chris Watt (Notre Dame)
Another body for the interior O line, Watt has three full seasons experience starting at guard and has played well. He should transition well to a back up role behind Gabe and Uche.
Round 6, Pick 3: LEO Boseko Lokombo (Oregon)
Boseko has the build and speed to compete with Davis and Branch for snaps behind Bennett, Babin, and Attaochu rushing the passer.
Updated Depth Chart: Rookie, Free Agent, Re-Sign*
QB1 Teddy Bridgewater / QB2 Blaine Gabbert / QB3 Matt Scott
HB1 Jordan Todman*, Andre Williams / HB2 Denard Robinson, Delone Carter
FB Jay Prosch
WR1 Cecil Shorts III
WR2 Hakeem Nicks
WR Slot Ace Sanders, Mike Brown*
TE1 Marcedes Lewis / TE2 Clay Harbor*, Danny Noble
LT Luke Joeckel / OT2 Cameron Bradfield*
LG Gabe Jackson / OG2 Chris Watt
C Tyler Larsen / C2 Patrick Lewis
RG Uche Nwaneri / OG3 Mike Brewster
RT Austin Pasztor*
NT Daniel McCullers
DT1 Sen’Derrick Marks* / DT2 Roy Miller
DE1 Tyson Alualu / DE2 Arby Jones
LEO Michael Bennett, Jerimiah Attaochu, Jason Babin / LEO2 Andre Branch, Ryan Davis*, Boseko Lokombo
SAM Jason Worilds / LB2 John Lotulelei
MIKE Paul Posluszny
WILL Geno Hayes, Russell Allen
CB1 Alan Ball
CB2 Dwayne Gratz
CB Nickel Will Blackmon* / CB3 Mike Harris
FS Winston Guy / FS2 Josh Evans
SS Jonathon Cyprien