Every week or so the SBNation.com official 2011 NFL Mock Draft is updated. Well, it's been updated this week and the Jaguars have another interesting pick. It's also been updated to included the second round. They're both picks I'm sure would leave most Jacksonville Jaguars fans screaming "BUT WE NEED DEFENSE," so I'm sure you get where I'm going with this.
Click the jump to see who they pick and my thoughts on them.
16. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jake Locker, QB, Washington. GM Gene Smith doesn't care about perceived value; Locker has the experience, intangibles and talent that the Jaguars covet.
My Take: I think a lot of Jaguars fans are split on their thoughts on Jake Locker. I'd be absolutely fine with him being selected at 16, and if he is I think the Jaguars have to let David Garrard start another season and refine some of Locker's skills. Normally, I'm a "throw them in the fire" kind of guy, but I think with Locker's footwork and accuracy issues, a season learning and getting his baseball footwork re-worked to NFL quarterback footwork would serve him a world of good.
Alternative Picks Given Availability: Given who else is available in this mock, some others I would consider are UCLA LB Akeem Ayers, Miami CB Brandon Harris, Colorado CB Jimmy Smith, and Iowa DE Adrian Clayborn.
49. Jacksonville Jaguars: Stefen Wisniewski, C, Penn State. Brad Meester is getting up there, and until he's ready to call it quits, Wisniewski can chip in and play guard.
My Take: I wouldn't have a problem at all with this pick. Brian Galliford is correct that Meester is getting long in the tooth. While he was pretty good in 2010, he's bound to fall off at some point. Many believe Wisniewski can also double as a guard, so he could provide some great interior depth.
Alternative Picks Given Availability: If I were in charge, given what's available I would probably draft FSU guard Rodney Hudson over Wisniewski. I see Wisniewski more as a pure center, but I see Hudson as a guy who can play all three interior positions. He'll get looks as a center for a lot of teams. Someone like Illinois linebacker Martez Wilson is also an interesting choice that's still available. I think he could step right in and play insider linebacker for the Jaguars depleted linebacking corps.