Dan Kadar of MockingTheDraft.com is back at it again and he’s got a brand new two-round mock draft — and the Jacksonville Jaguars are fixing their running back situation and edge rush with their top two picks.
But when you see the reasoning and the players still on the board when the Jaguars pick, you may come away a little confused. Let’s start with Kadar’s picks.
4. Jacksonville Jaguars: Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
I understand the Jaguars don’t have a good line, but if there’s a back who can get by without one it’s Fournette.
35. Jacksonville Jaguars: Derek Rivers, DE, Youngstown State
If the Jaguars don’t get Solomon Thomas in the first round they could come back in the second round with the talented Rivers.
Where to begin...
First, picking Fournette with the No. 4 overall selection isn’t crazy. He’s a Tom Coughlin type — big, bruising, and fast for his size. But saying Fournette is a back who can get by without a good offensive line isn’t what he showed in college. He had one of the more talented offensive lines at LSU and one of his knocks is that he struggles to create. The Fournette pick makes sense, but the description seems like it was made for a guy like Dalvin Cook, who was known for making something out of nothing at Florida State.
Then you’ve got Rivers. Again, not a crazy pick. But Cam Robinson is still on the board. I don’t think there’s any way Coughlin goes with a second-tier pass rusher over a guy who can play guard and tackle and who many have pegged as a first round talent. Rivers is a good prospect, don’t get me wrong. But if you grab Fournette in the first round and overlook Robinson in the second, you’re doing something wrong.
What do you think? Am I getting Fournette’s evaluation wrong? Am I overestimating Robinson’s ability?
Let us know in the comments below and see the full two-round mock draft here.