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Mock Draft, please criticize

I figured I talk enough crap about other people's mocks, I should do one of my own and see how many holes can be poked in it for my own education. I did this on first-pick.com because I don't know enough about other team's needs once they get to the mid-rounds to possibly pick around the Jags' picks without bias. A lot of my picks are more experimental/developmental, so if there's a glaring reason why they wouldn't fit into the Jags' system, please feel free to inform me.

Round 1 Pick 3: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville

Jacksonville gets the best quarterback prospect after the Texans take Bortles and and the Titans (!) move up for an OT in Zack Martin (Funnily enough, the Rams still grab Greg Robinson with the 11th pick). To be fair, I believe that Bridgewater will be the #1 pick to the Texans, but let's roll with this as a best-case scenario for the Jaguars.


Round 2 Pick 7: Gabe Jackson, OG, Mississippi State

I like Xavier Su'a-Filo and Ka'Deem Carey here in most mocks, but they were both off the board. I take Gabe Jackson over pass rushers like Tuitt, Van Noy, and Trent Murphy here not only to aid in whatever quarterback the Jaguars take a #3, but also because I trust in Gus Bradley and David Caldwell's ability to draft and implement pass rushers that come later in the draft. If we've learned anything from the Seahawks defense, it's that finding guys that fit into the system and mold are worth more than premium draft picks.


Round 3 Pick 6: Kareem Martin, DE, North Carolina

I really wasn't sure about this guy or Demarcus Lawrence. I decided on Kareem because of his size and potential. I feel like he gets pushed out of the play a bit too easily on the edge rush at times, but I think his versatility and athleticism are something that Gus can take advantage of. One of my "experimental" picks.


Round 4 Pick 5: Jared Abbrederis, WR, Wisconsin

I'm grabbing a receiver relatively early under the idea that, if Blackmon comes back, outstanding, but he's clearly not dependable.

I think this guy is a steal in the 4th. I take him over Christian Jones because Abbrederis is a great route runner who can get separation, and has the athleticism to make big plays happen after the catch, which fits well into helping out any rookie quarterback. He caught my eye when he lit up Ohio State, including their highly-projected CB Bradley Roby.

Round 4 Pick 14: Daniel McCullers, DT, Tennessee

Another experimental pick for me. I really do not know if he fits into the Jags' defense. He's 6'8" and 350 pounds, a huge run stopper, and watching him play at Tennessee I'm reminded of John Henderson. However, there's rumors of motivational problems and inconsistency. Unlike a lot of Jaguars (Jagwhyers?) I'm not bothered by this kind of supposed lack of motivational drive, because of Gus Bradley. Given the other players that were on the board at this pick (Chris Watt, Tripp, Arthur Lynch, Dion Bailey, Adrian Hubbard, and Will Clarke to name a few options) I think that McCullers has the most upside.

Round 5 Pick 4: Charles Sims, RB, West Virginia

I take the Jaguars' potential starting running back over Andre Williams because I think that Sims can do it all-block, catch, and run the ball. I think his versatility fits in to helping the rookie quarterback out better than any other back in the mid-rounds.

By the way, if you haven't realized this yet, David Caldwell is a freaking genius. Extra 4th and 5th round picks may not sound like much during the season when they were acquired, but this draft class is absolutely loaded across the board. Doing these mock drafts, you really appreciate how deep this class is and how much the Jaguars stand to gain in the 4th and 5th rounds. I may be more excited in the 5th round than rounds 1-3. Not only that, but I have to agree with Alfie-taking a quarterback here "because we can" or "because Khan said we might take 2" would make no sense. This spot of the draft is still loaded with players who can actually play or at least factor into the rotation. It makes no sense to take a quarterback who won't play here.


Round 5 Pick 10: Walt Aikens, CB, Liberty

No, I'm not Gene Smith. This small school CB is 6-1 and 200 pounds, and drew praise for his size, toughness, and press at the Senior Bowl. I'm no expert on the defensive system Gus is implementing, but I feel like this guy is a steal at this pick.


Round 5 Pick 19: Tyler Larsen, C, Utah State

I'm not sure if this one is realistic after the Senior Bowl where he shined and other centers did not. Maybe this guy explains it better than I do. If he's not there, Bryan Stork still was, and I'd be more than happy to take him at the end of the 5th.

Round 6 Pick 3: Brandon Coleman, WR, Rutgers

Another experimental pick. 6'6", 225 pounds. He'll probably go higher if he does well at the combine. If he's not at this pick, other options include Devin Street, Mike Davis, and Richard Rodgers as other pass catchers, Antone Exum for an injured but huge CB prospect, Bennet Jackson at CB, or Aaron Lynch, the DE from USF who drops like a rock.

Round 7 Pick 7: Zach Fulton, OG, Tennessee

He's big. He played well at the Shrine game. He probably won't be here in the 7th round, but if he is, perfect. James Wilder Jr. was the only prospect of note who was taken after Fulton that I considered here.

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