We are days away from the 2017 NFL Draft and it looks like the national writers are finally coming around to exactly what the Jacksonville Jaguars need and how the overall philosophies of newly hired Tom Coughlin and Dave Caldwell will play out practically this draft weekend.
The latest full 7-round mock draft comes from R.J. White over at CBS Sports and he’s predicted every pick for every team. It’s a great, concise mock draft to read through when you have a spare 10-15 minutes and the Jaguars section is no exception.
2017 Jaguars mock draft
|1||4||DE Solomon Thomas|
|2||35||RB Joe Mixon|
|3||68||QB Nate Peterman|
|4||110||TE Jordan Leggett|
|5||148||OT Avery Gennesy|
|6||187||LB Matt Milano|
|7||222||WR Rodney Adams|
|7||240||CB Brendan Langley|
The Jaguars could go a couple different directions at No. 4, but with the team reportedly a fan of Thomas, it's hard to see him getting past Jacksonville. The Stanford prospect is a blue-chip pass-rusher who can play inside or outside the formation depending on the scheme. Along with free-agent addition Calais Campbell, he gives a Jaguars line already stocked with talent a massive boost in one offseason.
On Day 2, the Jaguars opt for one of the most divisive prospects to come along in recent years in Mixon, a talent on par with expected top-10 pick Leonard Fournette who faces major red flags off the field. CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora can't see Mixon getting by the Jaguars at No. 35, and passing on Fournette at No. 4 makes perfect sense if the Jags are comfortable with Mixon's past. Later on Day 2, the Jaguars land a potential starting quarterback in Peterman who could wind up going a round earlier than this when all is said and done.
The Jaguars then dip into a deep tight end class for Leggett, a big target who could develop into a starter with coaching, before adding tackle depth at tackle and linebacker. The seventh round belongs to a pair of flyers in Adams, a slot receiver who can fill in as the team's third option if one of their top three goes down, and Langley, who bounced between corner and receiver and may have untapped potential.
The Jaguars get a pass rusher opposite Yannick Ngakoue (and a reason to keep Dante Fowler on the bench), they get their feature back, they get to roll the dice on a mid-tier guy at quarterback, they get an extra body at tight end to hopefully turn into the No. 1 guy, and they get a depth guy at offensive tackle — along with a few fliers at the skill positions where hopefully one emerges as worth something.
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