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Mel Kiper Mock Draft 2014: ESPN goes 3 round for Jaguars

ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper has released a three-round mock draft for 2014 and has some interesting picks for the Jacksonville Jaguars.


As we get closer to the actual 2014 NFL Draft many publications will begin to do more multi-round mock drafts as they've had more time to evaluate more players. It's no different in Mel Kiper's latest mock draft, which includes a full three rounds.

He has some interesting picks for the Jaguars.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Top needs: QB, DE, RT, WR

Round 1 (3) LB Khalil Mack, Buffalo
Round 2 (39) QB Derek Carr, Fresno St.
Round 3 (70) WR Allen Robinson, Penn St.

Analysis: The new leadership group in Jacksonville has done a good job working to retool the roster in terms of overall talent and depth, and if I'm making the pick, I'm not ready yet to go against that philosophy and risk a slow learning curve for one of the quarterbacks just because so many believe I need "identity" at the position. I see the strides made in the second half of last season, and I think my first goal is: "Take a great football player." That's Mack, a high-impact pass-rusher and a great player in space. With Mack on board, I like the value proposition of Carr in Round 2. I don't consider him an immediate starter, but he will compete for it soon, and I feel good about the pick because I didn't put so much franchise stock into the position in Round 1. I considered a couple tackles at No. 70, but instead add the talented Robinson, who is closer to a first-rounder in most years, and a player who gives me a reliable size element and some field-stretching ability in my passing attack. Don't forget, the Jags have a trio of fourth-round picks, too.

The first two picks in Kiper's mock were Jadeveon Clowney and Sammy Watkins, which at this point seems plausible but I still expect the Houston Texans to take a quarterback No. 1 overall. I can't necessarily argue with the logic behind picking Khalil Mack if you're not going to pick up one of the quarterbacks at the No. 3 pick.

As for the second and third rounds, based on how Kiper's mock went I might have picked up an offensive lineman and a quarterback in the third round. At the 39th overall pick the selection of Derek Carr isn't bad, though I believe his "Gabbert-ness" in the pocket is completely overblown, there are some issues there.

What do you think?