Mel Kiper, Jr. has released his first 2017 NFL mock draft and he has the Jacksonville Jaguars selecting safety Jamal Adams out of LSU, citing the fact that the Jaguars need a “versatile safety” to complement their other playmakers on defense.
*Jamal Adams, S, LSU
Adams is built for today's NFL as a versatile safety who can play in the box effectively, make tackles against the run and move to the edges and track slot receivers. Jacksonville hit on a couple of defenders in the 2016 draft (Jalen Ramsey and Yannick Ngakoue; Myles Jack is still an unknown), but the Jags need more help.
First, why would you draft a safety in the top-five? “Because Sean Taylor.” Shut up, nerd.
Second, see my previous point.
Stop overthinking this. Tom Coughlin ain’t drafting a safety in the top-five of any draft. Not when he’s got defensive linemen like Johnathan Allen and running backs Dalvin Cook and Leonard Fournette to salivate over. Allen checks all the boxes for Coughlin — versatile, strong lineman who can play several positions along the line and fit any scheme — and Cook and Fournette would probably be the best player on the Jaguars offense if they were drafted tomorrow.