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7-round mock draft: O.J. Howard, Jarrad Davis lead the Jaguars 2017 class

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Our friends over at Big Blue View decided to churn out a full 7-round mock for the 2017 NFL Draft — and we’ve got all the Jacksonville Jaguars picks right here!

Just a quick note about the methodology that Big Blue View used:

“I simulated this like an actual draft. I completed this over three days. The first day I focused just on round one, looking at each teams' needs and depth charts intensely, looking at scheme fits, and picking them one by one in order (no skipping ahead!). The next day, I did rounds two and three. The final day was an exhausting rounds four through seven. Everything was done without prior knowledge of who would be picked next so I could not set myself up, so to speak.”

Okay, let’s do this.

2017 mock draft selections

  • Round 1: O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama
  • Round 2: Jarrad Davis, ILB, Florida
  • Round 3: Antonio Garcia, OT, Troy
  • Round 4: Wayne Gallman, RB, Clemson
  • Round 5: Deatrich Wise Jr., EDGE, Arkansas
  • Round 6: Lorenzo Jerome, S, St. Francis
  • Round 7: Avery Gennessey, OL, Texas A&M
  • Round 7: Aaron Curry, DT, TCU

O.J. Howard with the No. 4 pick? Even with Jonathan Allen and Solomon Thomas on the board, I’m fine with this pick. If it’s outside of one of those three guys (see: Leonard Fournette) then I’m not. But Howard gives you a star on the offensive side of the ball that lost more balls than the defensive side of the ball last year.

Jarrad Davis is a stud whose only knock is size. His best fit is behind a defensive line that allows him to roam. If you’re still stuck in the days of Bryce Paup as your ideal middle linebacker who stuffs the run, you won’t like him. But if you exist in the modern game of football where you want to see a smart, quick, pass-covering guy at middle linebacker, you’ll enjoy him making your team.

Antonio Garcia is means the Jaguars are going 3-for-3 with Senior Bowl participants. He’s projected as a third rounder, which fits — he’s a big dude at 6’6” and 302 pounds but he was reportedly inconsistent in one-on-one drills against quicker edge rushers.

Wayne Gallman is the Jaguars taking a shot in the middle rounds at the deepest position in the draft. He was the unsung hero on that Clemson offense (it’s hard to escape the shadow of DeShaun Watson) who was the co-MVP of that team last year. If he’s available at the top of the fourth round, I would love grabbing Gallman.

Deatrich Wise in the fifth round is a bit too long to wait on a defensive lineman, but the value of the guys ahead of him means it’s a risk worth taking. Lorenzo Jerome is a developmental guy. Avery Gennessey will compete in camp on a weak position group. And Aaron Curry would have to beat out Sheldon Day to make this team.

What do you think? How do you like this mock draft?


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