The SB Nation bloggers mock draft is continuing today with Alfie Crow of BigCatCountry.com making the No. 4 overall pick for the Jacksonville Jaguars — and he went with (surprise!) Solomon Thomas out of Stanford.
Let’s see how many of you guessed this correctl-HUNDREDS OF YOU ALL THOUGHT HE’D TAKE LEONARD FOURNETTE HAHAHAHAHA
The #Jaguars are up soon in the @SBNation mock draft. Myles Garrett, Malik Hooker, and DeShaun Watson are gone. Who did @AlfieBCC select?— Big Cat Country (@BigCatCountry) March 27, 2017
Anyway, back to the pick. Here’s what Crow had to say about picking Thomas.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have invested a lot into their defense over the past few seasons, including this offseason with additions like Calais Campbell and A.J. Bouye. While a lot of the links at the number four pick has been with a running back, particularly Leonard Fournette, the Jaguars take the best available defensive end on the board in Solomon Thomas. The value of running back at No. 4 overall just isn't there, with the state of the Jaguars offensive line and Fournette being a back who relies more on blocking than some others you can find later in the draft.
It's unlikely Thomas would start right away for the Jaguars. With the aforementioned Campbell, last year’s rookie standout Yannick Ngakoue, and former top-five pick Dante Fowler, Jr., Thomas offers a lot of depth and rotation options. With new Executive Vice President Tom Coughlin having final say on the roster, you can imagine he'd want to have the waves of pass rushers he had at his highest success with the New York Giants. Thomas offers versatility in the sense he can play strong or weak side and has a home as a base down end, being able to hold up against the run. He's the perfect pick to help rotate with the older Campbell as a rookie and eventually take the starting job.
What do you think? Is Thomas the right pick if he falls to No. 4 or would you have rather seen the Jaguars take someone else?
What grade would you give the Jaguars for picking Solomon Thomas at No. 4 overall?
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