In the newest mock draft from the team of Dan Kadar and Matthew Fairburn of SB Nation, Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is slated to be the first overall selection in the 2014 NFL Draft of the Houston Texans. With the top quarterback off the board and the St. Louis Rams taking an offensive tackle, the Jaguars are instead projected to address their anemic pass rush with the third overall selection.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars - Jadeveon Clowney, Defensive end, South Carolina
This is one of two ideal scenarios for the Jaguars. If either Teddy Bridgewater or Jadeveon Clowney is still on the board, the Jaguars will get a huge upgrade at a position of need. With Bridgewater gone, Jacksonville takes the best player in the draft with the third pick. Clowney is a perfect fit for the LEO role in the Jaguars’ defense. He has a better first step than any prospect in the last decade and should be one of the best defensive ends in the NFL before long.
While there seems little doubt that the Jaguars will want to select a quarterback in May, Kadar and Fairburn were unwilling to force the selection of one in the second round either after three passers were taken in the first round and Fresno State's Derek Carr was taken with pick No. 38.
Instead, the Jaguars are slated to pick an interior defensive lineman as part of the team's rebuild of their front four:
39. Jacksonville Jaguars - Timmy Jernigan, Defensive tackle, Florida State
This is an interesting spot for the Jaguars. There isn't a quarterback worth taking here, so Jacksonville again addresses the defensive line. While Red Bryant was just brought in to play 5-technique, the Jaguars could still use a 1-technique. Roy Miller struggled in that role a year ago. Timmy Jernigan has the strength and discipline to man the middle of a defense and is an excellent value pick here.
It isn't until round three with the No. 70 pick that the Jaguars finally take their quarterback:
70. Jacksonville Jaguars - David Fales, Quarterback, San Jose State
If the Jaguars wait until the third round to draft a quarterback, they'll be choosing between guys like Fales or Alabama's A.J. McCarron. Fales may not have elite tools, but he's an accurate passer who is calm under pressure.
I'm not a fan of taking discounts at the quarterback position; however, if the Jaguars do not value UCF's Blake Bortles or Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel this is likely the approach they take and Fales certainly isn't the worst case scenario for the team.