1 (3): Teddy Bridgewater, QB Louisville
I personally think that, regardless of whoever the QB we draft is, Chad Henne should start the first 4-8 games. While we all want to see the next Aaron Rodgers stroll into the party on day one, it makes a lot of sense to give our future franchise QB time to really learn the system and adjust to the complexities and speed of NFL football. If that is not the case, I think that Bridgewater is more pro-ready than Bortles. The only real knock I see on this kid is his size, but you can add weight with a 6’3" frame. I chose not to take Clowney because I believe our biggest need long term is a quarterback and this draft is relatively deep in pass rushers.
Alternate pick(s): Blake Bortles, QB UCF
2 (39): Xavier Su’a-Filo, G UCLA
Long term stability at the quarterback position means having a great offensive line that can protect Bridgewater. This guy is a house and addresses quite possibly our weakest position – interior offensive line. Su’a-Filo has the tools to be very effective in both passing and rushing offenses.
Alternate picks: Stephon Tuitt, DE Notre Dame; Trent Murphy, DE Stanford; Gabe Jackson, G Miss State.
3 (70): Jackson Jeffcoat, DE Texas
At 6’5" 245, Jackson Jeffcoat is coming off of a 13-sack season and has all of the tools to be productive for a long time. He has fantastic length and size for our LEO position. Has some injury history from earlier seasons that probably kept him in college for this long and dropped his draft stock. He has the frame to add weight if needed without slowing him down.
Alternate picks: Weston Richburg, C Colorado State;
4 (101): Carlos Hyde, RB Ohio State
A total bruiser at 6’0" 235, we have a running back that can run inside and provide a huge boost in pass protection. I think that he is a fantastic compliment to Todman who is largely an outside runner as a 1-2 punch. Better pass protector than Andre Williams. He has the ability to come in day one and contribute.
4 (110): Tyler Larsen, C Utah State
Athletic center from a smaller school, great size at 6’3" 315. Great pass blocking and decent run blocker, but could be a little meaner. With proper coaching I think he will be a great player who will out-perform his draft position.
5 (132): Jordan Tripp, OLB Montana
Coaches got to see him in senior bowl. Has great size and athletic ability as a linebacker. Seems like a great locker room guy. Hopefully he falls this low.
5 (138): Bashaud Breeland, CB Clemson
Good size, late round guy to add depth at a position.
5 (147): Daniel McCullers, DT Tennessee
Stats: 6’8" 351. That is massive. Has some technical issues but can be a fantastic run stuffer to add depth behind Miller and Marks. Hopefully coaching can get him to use his size and power.
6 (163): Mike Davis, WR Texas
Large target at 6’2"
7 (199): Conner Shaw, QB South Carolina
Free agents: Michael Johnson, DE Cincinatti
I approached this draft with a few ideas. First, no matter what our defense can do, if our offensive line and QB situation do not improve, all the 3 and outs in the world mean nothing. Also, the draft and free agency is relatively favorable to someone in need of a pass rusher. I think our biggest needs are QB, offensive line, and pass rushers. MJD probably is done as a Jag so we need someone to help run the rock and it helps to also protect the quarterback.
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