The 2015 NFL Draft is this week and if history repeats itself, the Jacksonville Jaguars will find some diamonds in the rough and capable starters in the later rounds. That's why a one-round or two-round mock draft is fine, but has its limits with an evaluator like general manager Dave Caldwell.
Lance Zeirlien and Chad Reuter of NFL.com released a full seven-round mock draft for all 32 NFL teams that looks a little different than the one CBS put out two weeks ago. Who do they have Jaguars taking?
Round 1, Pick 3: Leonard Williams, DL, USC:
As they point out, Fowler is the predictable pick here. Went to college in nearby Gainesville, has spoken out in favor of the Jaguars drafting him, and he fits a need at edge rusher. But you can't pass up the safest defensive lineman available. I'd be happy with this pick, Clemson's Vic Beasley, or a trade down into the 9-14 range.
Round 2, Pick 36: Cameron Erving, C, FSU:
We have a capable player in Luke Bowanko and a free agent signing in Stefen Wisniewski, so I don't see the value in spending the No. 36 overall pick, even if he's the best center prospect in the NFL Draft. I'd go running back or wide receiver at this spot.
Round 3, Pick 67: T.J. Yeldon, RB, Alabama:
Yes, he's a great balance to Denard Robinson in the backfield, but even at the top of the third round, I'd want to get someone who's more than a role player. Jay Ajayi is available at this point in the mock. Why not him?
Round 4, Pick 103: Frank Clark, DE, Michigan
The Jaguars finally address the pass rush problem, but it's two rounds too late and now we're left with a guy who has upside and a quick burst off the snap, but was dismissed from the team after an arrest in November on domestic violence charges.
Round 5, Pick 139: Arie Kouandjio, G, Alabama
High upside, athletic interior offensive lineman... I like it. I'd be surprised if he falls this far, but if he's here, and we get him in the fifth round, Caldwell will be batting 1.000 on fifth-round picks.
Round 6, Pick 180: Charles Gaines, CB, Louisville
Another player projected to go 1-2 rounds higher, but could fall due to strength and physicality concerns. As a sixth-round pick, I'd be happy.
Round 7, Pick 220: Nick Marshall, CB, Auburn
If Marshall goes to cornerback, it'll be a position change for him and one that the Jaguars will have to be patient with. But for a seventh-round pick, it's exactly the kind of low-risk, high-reward project you want to bring on board.