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Todd McShay vs. Mel Kiper: Which mock draft would you rather have for Jaguars?

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We’re just a few weeks away from the 2018 NFL Draft, which means mock draft season is in full swing. Two of the most well-known mock drafters out there are ESPN’s Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr.

The pair released a dueling mock draft this morning (Insider access required), and each made selections for the first two rounds for all 32 teams. Both McShay and Kiper see the Jaguars adding weapons on the offensive end in each of the first two rounds.

Round 1

Kiper: D.J. Moore, WR, Maryland

“Moore could be the top receiver picked on Day 1. And he’ll help in the return game.”

McShay: Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville

“Jackson could provide competition for Blake Bortles, who is on a cap-friendly deal.”

Thoughts: Kiper seems to be pretty adamant about Moore becoming a Jaguar, as that is the same player he had penciled in for Jacksonville in his latest individual mock draft. Moore has the talent and skill set to make an immediate impact, and as a guy who watched a ton of Big Ten football last season, I was truly impressed by Moore who played with a revolving door of quarterbacks. Obviously, this pick makes sense, as the Jaguars wide receiver group currently leaves something to be desired. Still, there could be a potential log jam at the position with Marqise Lee, Dede Westbrook and Keelan Cole all hoping to ascend their play in 2018, and with the newly acquired Donte Moncrief playing on the outside. So who is losing reps?

The Lamar Jackson pick at No. 29 has been mocked many times by now. Blake Bortles is the guy for 2018, and the team recently added Cody Kessler via trade, but the Jags would be wise to add another quarterback to the roster to compete for the backup role, and even push Bortles. Bortles is as durable as they come, but if his inconsistent play continues, the Jaguars will need a reliable backup they’re comfortable with. Jackson has some flaws: inaccuracy, thin-frame, turnovers, etc., but he is also a supreme athlete with a lively arm and play-making ability. I think the Jags are better off waiting until Day 2 for a quarterback, but I wouldn’t be upset with this selection as it is thinking about the future.

Round 2

Kiper: Jordan Akins, TE, UCF

“That’s two pass-catchers to help out Blake Bortles in the first two rounds. The Jags added Austin Seferian-Jenkins in free agency, but it’s a two-year deal with only $4 million guaranteed.”

McShay: Jordan Lasley, WR, UCLA

Allen Hurns and Allen Robinson are gone. The Jaguars need some more receivers and Lasley has first-round ability.

Thoughts: The Jaguars still need a pass-catching tight end. Akins was a first-team All-American Athletic Conference at Central Florida in 2017. But I am baffled by this pick. Akins has speed and pass-catching ability, but will be a 26-year-old rookie (embarked on a baseball career after high school). He is projected to go in the sixth or seventh round by Lance Zierlein of NFL.com, and is the 11th-ranked tight end according to CBS Sports. I would like to see the Jags add a tight end in the first two rounds, but I think they’re better off selecting a better player here, perhaps a different position, rather than reaching for Akins.

Lasley is projected as a Day 2 selection, and has good size and 4.5 40-yard dash speed, but has had issues with drops (16 percent drop rate over past two seasons). McShay mentions that he has “first-round ability,” but being prone to drops probably moves him outside of the first round. He is also a guy whose character has been called into question on more than one occasion. Again, the Jags could use another option in the receiving game, and Lasley has game-breaking speed, but a guy who drops passes and lacks self-control isn’t really a player I would want to bring in the locker room.

I would be happy with either one of those two prospects in the first round, but I would pass on both players listed in the second round. Offensive line should also be addressed early.

What do you think? Which player combo would you rather have, if either.

Poll

Which result would you be happier with?

This poll is closed

  • 21%
    Kiper: WR D.J. Moore and TE Jordan Akins
    (444 votes)
  • 37%
    McShay: QB Lamar Jackson and WR Jordan Lasley
    (788 votes)
  • 41%
    Neither
    (863 votes)
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