The 2016 NFL Draft is only a few weeks away, and shockingly I'm not already way over it like I have been in previous years. I think that's partially because the team does not have as many obvious needs and they have what seems to be a franchise quarterback, so there's not really much to argue about. With it getting closer however, that also means we will start getting some multiple round drafts out of the draft "experts".
The latest one we have is from ESPN's Todd McShay, with some interesting picks for the Jaguars.
Round 1 (5): Myles Jack, OLB, UCLA
Round 2 (38): Keanu Neal, S, Florida
Round 3 (69): Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma State
Analysis: The Jaguars upgraded their defense in free agency with the additions of DE Malik Jackson and S Tashaun Gipson, but they shouldn't stop there. They need a sideline-to-sideline playmaker at the second level, and Jack is one of the best overall athletes in this class. Neal would give the Jags a good run-stuffer to complement Gipson's ability in coverage. And while Jacksonville has 2016 first-round DE Dante Fowler Jr. slated to return from an ACL injury, you can never have enough pass-rushers. Ogbah has a high ceiling and is a value pick in Round 3.
I can't really argue with the first pick by McShay here, as to me everything the Jacksonville Jaguars have done so far in the offseason seems to point to Myles Jack being the pick. They've added to every area of the defense except the linebacker group, even for depth.
Now, in the second round I'm not sure I or the Jaguars would end up picking Keanu Neal. It's not because I don't think he's good, but I don't see the team adding another safety that early after signing Tashaun Gipson to a big deal in free agency. The team still has Johnathan Cyprien who's going to get one last shot with a true free safety on the roster, Segio Brown, James Sample and Josh Evans. Not to mention some other guys in the mix. Adding a guy in Neal who's probably not going to start right away isn't where I can see them going, but I wouldn't be surprised with them picking a defensive back. Based on how McShay's mock went I think someone like Kendall Fuller from Virginia Tech or even Mackensie Alexander from Clemson would be good picks at 38. Fuller is more of a playmaker and despite Alexander's size, he plays much bigger than he measures. I also feel either player could contribute in the slot if necessary.
As for the Round 3 pick, I'm kind of indifferent on. If you've read comments at all, you know I'm not very high on Emmanuel Ogbah and I'm not sure I'd pick him at all. I simply just don't think he's going to be very good. Here is where I could see the team picking another linebacker, maybe a corner or a tweener type player like Su'a Cravens (who is available in McShay's mock.) or an edge player like Shalique Calhoun, Kyler Fackrell or Yannick Ngakoue.