ESPN's Mel Kiper, Jr. have released his latest mock draft for the Jacksonville Jaguars and it's a bit of a departure from where the draft analysis has leaned this offseason.
In mocks past, he's said the Jaguars will grab the best defensive back in the 2016 NFL Draft: Jalen Ramsey. But now, with Kiper believing the Dallas Cowbows will lay claim to Ramsey, he has the Jaguars looking in Myles Jack's direction.
Round 1 (5): Myles Jack, LB, UCLA
Round 2 (38): Kenny Clark, DT, UCLA
Round 3 (69): Max Tuerk, C, USC
Analysis: This defense has added a bunch of help in free agency, but we know that process can offer up a lot of fool's gold, and after ranking 31st in defense last year, the Jags shouldn't be done on that side of the ball. Jack gives us an immediate starter, a brilliant cover linebacker who isn't shy at the line of scrimmage. Plug him in. We get stronger against the run up front with the addition of Clark, and with him, Malik Jackson and Dante Fowler Jr., I'm starting to feel a little better about life for that defense. Tuerk is a solid center -- a clear need spot -- and a reasonable value, and could be the starter at that position in Week 1.
I'll be honest, the injury rumors about Myles Jack's knee have me a little more worried than I probably should be. It could be 100% bullshit from teams wanting Jack to fall, or it could be legitimate. I'm inclined to lean towards Jack's knee being fine, but I still can't shake the worry. If the Jaguars end up getting Jack, great. If we pass on him for a guy like Joey Bosa. Fine. Whatever it takes to not pick Vernon Hargreaves or Laremy Tunsil.
Kenny Clark is a gifted interior defensive line guy, but I don't see him lasting until the top of the second round. I also don't like the idea of taking a high second-round pick and using it on someone who won't make an immediate impact. With Sen'Derrick Marks and Malik Jackson anchoring the inside, who does Clark take snaps away from?
And Max Tuerk is #good. I'd be fine with him in the third round. The closer we get to the draft, the more I think Alabama's Ryan Kelly won't be available as late as the third round for the Jaguars. I think he goes at the bottom of the first round or beginning of the second round.
What do you think? What grade are you giving this draft?