Is it ever too early for a Jacksonville Jaguars mock draft? Yes. Yes it is. And one week after the previous draft would seem to be that time.
But that hasn't stopped ESPN's Todd McShay from releasing his way-too-early 2017 mock draft where he thinks the Cleveland Browns will again have the top pick and he thinks quarterbacks will go 1-2 for a third year in a row.
So, who are the Jaguars picking?
12. Jacksonville Jaguars
Jamal Adams, S, LSU*
The son of George Adams, whom the Giants selected in the 1985 first round, Jamal came on strong during his sophomore season. He picked off a team-high four passes and flashed the ability to get downhill in a hurry and make plays in the running game (47 solo tackles, 5.0 tackles for loss). Defensive tackle and offensive tackle could be options for the Jaguars, as well; they declined to pick up OT Luke Joeckel's fifth-year option earlier this week.
This mock draft is interesting in that it uses Football Outsiders and their predictions for every team's win-loss record. The Jaguars will improve according to Football Outsiders, picking No. 12 overall, but that's still out of playoff contention. (For context, the New Orleans Saints had the No. 12 pick this year and finished 7-9 on the season.)
I'm not going to pretend I know anything about Jamal Adams, or even admit that there was a player on LSU's roster named Jamal Adams and that he plays safety. But picking a hard-hitting, run-stopping safety, presumably Johnathan Cyprien's replacement, is an interesting choice. He's comparable to Cyprien's frame, weighing in at 211 pounds to Cyprien's 217 pounds and measuring 6'1" to Cyprien's 6'0".
Even though this is a way-too-early mock draft, McShay predicted 15 first-rounders in his way-too-early mock draft at this time last year, so don't rule out that Adams, the first safety taken in McShay's mock draft, couldn't be an elite talent.