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2013 NFL Mock Draft: Jaguars pass on QB for top pass rusher

Damontre Moore finished his junior season at Texas A&M with 12.5 sacks before declaring for the draft.


Here's a fun fact to chew on, the Jaguars have 51 sacks in the last two seasons combined. Both the Denver Broncos and St. Louis Rams finished 2012 with 52 sacks, while the Cincinnati Bengals finished with 51. Pass rush has been a problem, is a problem and will continue to be one until the Jaguars find a pass rusher that is legitimate threat like the double-digit sack threats that each of those top three pass rushing teams have.

In Josh Norris's latest mock draft for Rotoworld, he addressed this need for the Jaguars despite the team having the option to take any quarterback they want. After the Kansas City Chiefs took offensive tackle Luke Joeckel with the first pick, the Jaguars passed on West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith to instead take a versatile pass rusher that recently declared for the draft.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-14) -- DE Damontre Moore (junior), Texas A&M

Damonster has already declared his intentions of entering April's Draft prior to Texas A&M's bowl game, and we think he has all the necessary tools to be the first defensive player off the board. Moore has tape at both defensive end in a four man front and pass rushing outside linebacker in a three man, which will be a big advantage in the eyes of NFL evaluators. The junior's motor is outstanding, which is icing on the cake when you factor in his length, strength, and first step off the line.

With the third overall selection, the Oakland Raiders ended up taking the first quarterback, pulling the trigger on Smith. Only one other quarterback, Tajh Boyd, was taken in the first round by the Buffalo Bills.