I believe that there are two legitimate schools of thought regarding the first round pick for the jaguars in this draft. First, take an elite defensive player; second, take a top QB prospect. Taking a wide receiver in Sammy Watkins does not seem like a logical move for me for a few reasons. First, we have bigger needs. Second, introducing a stud WR into a relatively poor team all around (see: Blackmon, Justin) didn’t do much to change the course of the franchise, and the definition of insanity is doing the same thing again, expecting a different result. I understand off-the-field issues and injury have played a big role in Justin Blackmon’s role with our team, but I digress.
If you’ve followed my previous mocks (which I doubt you have, because at the end of the day I’m just some f***ing guy with an opinion and no legitimate scouting and football-executive experience), you would know that I’ve always taken the best QB on the board with the first pick. However, with a bunch of veterans on the defensive line and a young elite prospect, I’ve switched gears. I think that the difference between the top 3 and the top 6 qbs isn’t as great as the top 2 pass rushers and the rest of them. Therefore, with a pass-happy NFL and Andrew Luck hazing us for the next 10 years (hopefully not), I present the following mock draft.
Fanspeak.com and Fanspeak’s big board were used for this mock draft. Alternate picks indicated are dependent on previous picks and availability.
1 (3rd): Jedeveon Clowney, DE South Carolina
I am not going to tell you anything about this kid that you already don’t know. Clowney is an athletic freak and I think that, with any concerns about motivation and work ethic, Gus and the infections competitive culture that is in the locker room will take care of any concerns if they exist.
Alternate picks: Teddy Bridgewater, Khalil Mack
2 (39th): Derek Carr, QB Fresno State
If the opportunity comes that Carr comes to the second round, this is a no brainer. He has been incredibly productive in college and is a 5th year senior. I think those added seasons are really valuable for learning the game. He has been a part of good and bad Fresno State teams and understand what it means to face adversity. I think that any comparisons between him and his brother negatively are unfounded. If anything, that was a huge asset to have an elite college QB as an older brother for a mentor.
Alternate picks: Sua-Filo, Attaochu
3 (70th): Weston Richburg, C Colorado State
Because what is a BCC Mock without a Richburg pick? In all seriousness, kid is athletic, smart, technically sound, and can come in and instantly contribute at a position of dire need.
Alternate picks: McCarron, Jeffcoat
4 (105th): Martavis Bryant, WR Clemson
He is a huge, extremely fast WR that was overshadowed by Sammy Watkins. Although he doesn’t have a ton of experience, I think he will outperform his draft position. He could use a little added weight to improve his blocking.
4 (114th): Daquan Jones, DT Penn State
Has experience playing 1 technique and provides needed depth behind Roy Miller, who I think will have a much better season in 2014 compared to 2013.
5 (144th): Adrain Hubbard, OLB Alabama
He has the speed and size to contribute on defense and special teams. Decent in both run defense and coverage, with strength and size to be effective on blitz packages.
5 (150th): De’Anthony Thomas, RB Oregon
I don’t expect Thomas to play much RB. I would draft him purely with the intention of using him as a kick returner, allowing Ace Sanders to focus on developing into a slot WR. I’m sure Coach Fisch would find ways to use him in his creative offense.
Alternate picks: Tyler Larsen
5 (159th): Michael Schofield, G Michigan
Great size at 6’7" 300 and has experience playing OG and OT. I think he can add depth for the RG position.
6 (179th): Xavier Grimble, TE USC
He has all the physical tools to be a stud pass-catching TE. Definitely worth a 6th round pick and has the potential to develop into an asset.
6 (205th): Aaron Lynch, DE USF
Like Gus said, you can’t have too many pass rushers.
7 (222): Jalen Saunders, WR Oklahoma
BPA, small but fast and can compete to return kicks and provide slot WR depth.
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