Round 1, Pick 3: QB Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M) Sophomore 5’ 11" 210 lbs
Bridgewater goes to the Texans and the Rams pick up Jake Matthews or Clowney. That leaves Manziel or Bortles or Carr for QB, the jags greatest need. Johnny doesn’t have the biggest arm but he is accurate and has the straight line speed to pick up yards on the ground. His best trait is his maneuverability in the pocket; he seems to have eyes in the back of his head to evade the pass rush while looking downfield. Knack for making big plays, it should not be ignored that he was the first freshman to win the Heisman. Shorter than desired and had the benefit of lobbing it up to one of college football’s best receivers, making him a risk but one worth taking.
Round 2, Pick 7: LEO Kyle Van Noy (BYU) redshirt Senior 6’ 3" 245 lbs
Pass rush is another need for the jags, although Branch is improving and Ryan Davis has shown talent. A lot of people have Van Noy pegged as a late first round pick but this draft is stacked with pass rush talent. Clowney, Barr, Mack, Beasley, Tuitt, Ealy, and Murphy should go before Van Noy. Cyprien was also projected as a late first round pick and this year we maybe have another defensive playmaker fall into our hands at the top of the second. Van Noy has the length and speed to succeed as a pass rusher and has the athleticism to also drop back in coverage, he notched an interception and another interception returned for a touchdown in 2013. He put up a ridiculous performance in last year’s Poinsettia Bowl, recording 8 tackles, 1.5 sacks, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery for a touchdown, an interception for a touchdown, and a blocked punt (yes, in one game).
Round 3, Pick 6: RB Andre Williams (Boston College) Senior 6’ 225 lbs
It may just be negotiating but with MJD saying he’ll follow the money and Caldwell saying he’ll allow Maurice to hit free agency it appears it will be time to find a new running back. Todman is fast but he doesn’t have much ability to break tackles or run up the middle in third and short and goalline situations. If we bring Todman back Williams will be the perfect complement, a slower but more powerful back who can lower his shoulder and punish defenders. Williams had a stealer 2013 season, racking up 2177 yards and 18 touchdowns and earning honors as a Heisman finalist and the winner of the Doak Walker award for the nation’s best running back. He has also proven he can perform well against tough competition, putting up 149 yards against the strong FSU defense.
Round 4, Pick 1 - 4 (Trade Round 5, Pick 18, Round 6, Pick 3 and Round 7, Pick 7): DT Daniel McCullers (Tennessee) Senior 6’ 6" 350 lbs
Sen’Derrick was a good resign but we are still without a hulking 1 tech defensive tackle. McCullers has the heft to fill that role. With his massive frame he will draw double teams and free things up for the pass rush.
Round 4, Pick 5: OG Brandon Linder (Miami) Senior 6’ 6" 320 lbs
The O line needs improving and I believe we already have starters on the outside in Joeckel and Pasztor (he should be resigned). Linder is the first offensive lineman from Miami to be invited to the Senior Bowl since Eric Winston. With that pedigree and his impressive size Linder should be able to come in and immediately compete for a starting guard position.
Round 4, Pick 14: C Tyler Larsen (Utah State) Senior 6’ 4" 310 lbs
We need a replacement for Meester. Brewster doesn’t look like he’ll be much more than a backup. Larsen has the potential to be a long-term starter on the O line.
Round 5, Pick 6: LEO Boseko Lokombo (Oregon) 6’ 3" 230 lbs
Lokombo possesses the length and speed (reported 4.6 forty) required for the LEO position.
Round 5, Pick 10: WR Josh Huff (Oregon) Senior 5’ 11" 220 lbs
Huff is a speedy receiver (4.45 forty) who can make things easier for our new quarterback and compensate for Blackmon’s suspension.
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Caldwell more than proved he knows how to squeeze value out of cheap free agents with the 2013 additions of Sen’Derrick Marks, Alan Ball, Geno Hayes, and Will Blackmon. With this draft and more hits in free agency the jags can have a winning season, maybe even make the playoffs. 2014 should be a very good year.