Pro Football Focus has their latest mock draft out today and the Jacksonville Jaguars go all-in on defense, picking Myles Jack, Robert Nkemdiche, and Cyrus Jones in the first three rounds.
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Let's go through these picks one by one.
Round 1: Myles Jack, LB, UCLA
PFF: The draft continues its theme of playmaking options on the defense with our top coverage linebacker from 2014. Before his injury early in 2015, Jack showed improvement against the run as he was jacking up blockers and disrupting opposing running attacks. His coverage versatility, athleticism and willingness against the run make him a future superstar candidate.
BCC: Yup. If Jalen Ramsey and Joey Bosa are gone, Myles Jack is the pick. Hell, it might be the pick even if they're both still available. He's a playmaker like Palazzolo says and that's something the Jaguars defense is sorely lacking. We need help at linebacker and in the secondary. Go get you a man who can do both.
Round 2: Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss
PFF: Another wild card in the draft, Nkemdiche struggles against power in the running game, but may be effective playing as an early-down defensive end. He’s explosive off the ball as a pass rusher and he adds yet another movable chess piece on the revamped Jacksonville defensive front.
BCC: If Robert Nkemdiche is still available in the second round and Dave Caldwell decides to pull the trigger, I will wet myself. We need help at the edge, but Palazzolo is right again. He can be an early-down defensive end and is versatile enough to play just about any position on the line. The best edge rusher available in Palazzolo's mock is Emmanuel Ogbah. You don't pass up a guy like Nkemdiche just to get a mediocre edge guy simply because you have a need at the position.
Round 3: Cyrus Jones, CB, Alabama
PFF: Adding even more pieces to the defense, Jones can play outside or in the slot and his +7.0 coverage grade ranked 13th in the class.
BCC: With Kevin Dodd still available, I would have probably taken a chance on him to be somewhat serviceable as a pass rusher. Plus, I don't see Jones as a guy who's going to be much more than a special teams guy. He won't be challenging Davon House, Prince Amukamara, or Aaron Colvin for a top-three cornerback spot, so I don't know why you'd take him at the top of the third round. Dave Caldwell has consistently found great value in the third round and I don't think Jones is it.
See the full three-round mock draft here.