One of the hardest aspects of projecting the 2014 NFL Draft is preparing for the inevitable first round trades that will alter the outlook for all teams. While the scenarios are always wildly unpredictable, attempts to predict the unpredictable are a huge part of mock draft attempts.
In the latest mock draft from SB Nation's Dan Kadar, he tackled the scenario that would unfold in the event that the Atlanta Falcons brokered a deal for the No. 1 pick with the Houston Texans so that they can secure South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.
With that pick shaking up the top 10 and pushing quarterbacks down, the Jaguars were given their choice of the entire quarterback class with the No. 3 pick...but they passed:
3. Jacksonville Jaguars: Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo
Despite bringing back Jason Babin and signing Chris Clemons, the Jaguars could look to add more pass-rushing help with a player like Mack. He's as versatile as any defensive player in the draft this year and would give head coach Gus Bradley countless options.
In the remainder of the first round, Johnny Manziel, Blake Bortles and Teddy Bridgewater are all projected to be selected in the top 10 and Derek Carr managed to sneak into the tail end of the order.
With four quarterbacks off the board by the 39th overall selection, the Jaguars again passed on the addition of a new signal-caller to compete with Chad Henne, instead adding an offensive weapon to work with:
39. Jacksonville Jaguars: Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State
Justin Blackmon's future in Jacksonville is murky, and the Jaguars could be looking for an upgrade. If the Jags are looking for pure talent (potential if you will), Adams has more of it than receivers like Jordan Matthews or Jarvis Landry.
Adams was a very productive pass catcher during his time in Carr's offense at Fresno State, racking up 131 receptions, 1719 receiving yards and 24 touchdowns in his sophomore season before foregoing his final two seasons of eligibility to declare for the 2014 NFL Draft.