We are just a few weeks away from the 2017 NFL Draft and the Jacksonville Jaguars will be picking early and often — but will they go with an offensive weapon like tight end O.J. Howard or a defensive weapon like defensive lineman Jonathan Allen?
Chad Reuter of NFL.com dove deep into draft season and came away with a five-round mock that will upset you if you wanted the Jaguars to upgrade the defensive side of the ball.
2017 Jaguars mock draft
- Round 1, Pick 4: Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
- Round 2, Pick 35: Evan Engram, TE, Ole Miss
- Round 3, Pick 68: Caleb Brantley, DT, Florida
- Round 4, Pick 110: Jourdan Lewis, CB, Michigan
- Round 5, Pick 148: Adam Bisnowaty, T, Pittsburgh
Reuter justifies the Fournette pick by saying that “T.J. Yeldon and Fournette should help take the load off of Blake Bortles” and that tells me he hasn’t watched many Jaguars games. Yeldon is bad and he’s on his way out in two years. If Fournette is the pick, Yeldon is third on the depth chart. Second, another niche running back isn’t what this team needs.
An upgrade at tight end and offensive line will help this offense (and Bortles) more than a running back that needs 30 carries a game to be productive.
I like the Engram pick in the second round, but I don’t believe he’s there that late. I have a sneaking suspicion draft analysts are undervaluing tight ends compared to NFL decision-makers.
If Brantley is the first defensive player the Jaguars take in this draft I’m going to scream, but taking a cornerback in the middle rounds like Lewis is a smart move for any team, regardless of need. It’s a deep, deep class.
What do you think of this mock draft? How would you feel if these are the player we came away with?