Whitney Mercilus was 'merciless' when rushing the quarterback last season. Eh, eh? Sorry guys, you know what you're getting when you read my stuff. Jerry Lai-US PRESSWIRE

A Different Take on the Jaguars Mock Draft

Most mock drafts are done “in the moment,” which at this time means before free-agency and immediately after the combine. I want to be a little different (hopefully different doesn’t mean stupider) by jumping ahead a bit and prognosticating the draft based on what will hopefully happen with the Jaguars in free-agency.

As always you can find more mock drafts at the brilliant databases over at DCProSports, HailRedskins, and Walterfootball.  Hit these sites for more Mock Draft heaven!

We all know Gene Smith’s draft philosophy – fill holes in free-agency and draft the best available player in April. So let’s temporarily accept the following fantasy:

The Jaguars (to a certain extent) fill their three most pressing needs in free-agency: wide receiver, cornerback, and defensive end. For the purposes of this mock, let’s be really optimistic but realistic. Let’s say the Jaguars go all out to sign Mario Williams at DE and are low key with wide receiver and cornerback by signing Josh Morgan (WR), Reggie Wayne (WR) and Terrell Thomas (CB).  How fortunate, right? So now we can draft purely on value and BAP. Here we go (copyright Bud Light).

 

Pick Team Player Position School Comments
1 Indianapolis Colts Andrew Luck QB Stanford
2 Cleveland Browns Robert Griffin III QB Baylor Trade #4 and #22 to St. Louis for #2
3 Minnesota Vikings Matt Kalil OT USC
4 St. Louis Rams Justin Blackmon WR Ok. State Trade #2 to Cleveland for #4 and #22
5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Morris Claiborne CB LSU
6 Washington Redskins Ryan Tannehill QB Texas A&M
7 Cincinnati Bengals Trent Richardson RB Alabama Traded #17 and #21 to Jacksonville for #7 and 4th round pick
8 Miami Dolphins Quinton Coples DE North Carolina
9 Carolina Panthers Dontari Poe DT Memphis
10 Buffalo Bills Melvin Ingram DE South Carolina
11 Kansas City Chiefs Riley Reiff OT Iowa
12 Seattle Seahawks Michael Brockers DT LSU
13 Arizona Cardinals Jonathan Martin OL Stanford
14 Dallas Cowboys Dre Kirkpatrick CB Alabama
15 Philadelphia Eagles Courtney Upshaw DE Alabama
16 New York Jets Luke Kuechly LB Boston College
17 Jacksonville Jaguars Whitney Mercilus DE Illinois Traded #7 and 4th round pick to Bengals for for #17 and #21
18 San Diego Chargers Michael Floyd WR Notre Dame
19 Chicago Bears Kendall Wright WR Baylor
20 Tennessee Titans Devon Still DT Penn State
21 Jacksonville Jaguars Stephen Hill WR Georgia Tech Traded #7 and 4th round pick to Bengals for for #17 and #21
22 St. Louis Rams Cordy Glenn OL Georgia Trade #2 to Cleveland for #4 and #22
23 Detroit Lions Janoris Jenkins CB North Alabama
24 Pittsburgh Steelers David DeCastro OG Stanford
25 Denver Broncos Fletcher Cox DT Mississippi State
26 Houston Texans Jared Crick DL Nebraska
27 New England Patriots Don’t’a Hightower LB Alabama From New Orleans Saints
28 Green Bay Packers David Wilson RB Virginia Tech
29 Baltimore Ravens Mike Adams OL Ohio State
30 San Francisco 49ers Josh Robinson CB UCF
31 New England Patriots Mark Barron S Alabama
32 New York Giants Jerel Worthy DT Michigan State

 

Whitney Mercilus was ‘merciless’ when rushing the quarterback last season. Eh, eh?

Sorry guys, you know what you’re getting when you read my stuff.

Review:

So let’s analyze the three main components of this draft for the Jaguars – the trade and the two picks.

Why would Cincinnati trade up to acquire Trent Richardson? While the popular opinion is that the lack of value at the running back position is driving down Richardson’s stock, he still remains the most talented running back prospect to come out since Adrian Peterson. Most evaluators have him as one of the top 5 overall players in the draft. The Bengals essentially got a free first round pick from Oakland by trading a player that was never going to play for them again, so they could be a little bit more willing to part with the extra pick. Coupling Trent Richardson with Andy Dalton and AJ Green, the Bengals would be set at the three key skill positions on offense for years to come.

For the Jaguars selection at #17, I really wanted to have Luke Kuechly fall past #16, but I doubt the best linebacker in the draft will make it farther than the Jets. So I went with the idea that you can never have too many pass rushers and selected Whitney Mercilus. Mercilus is a pure pass rusher with good athleticism and a high motor. Assuming Mincey doesn’t return to Jacksonville, he’ll be a nice complement to Mario Williams. Even if the Jaguars resign Mincey, a rotation at DE including Mercilus would be formidable. While the Jaguars have a nice choice of receivers available at #17 (our fearless leader, Luke Sims, ran through some of the top receivers in the draft), there should still be a few available at #21 and the second round.

For the selection at #21, I went with what I consider the true meaning of BAP – Best Available Prospect. Stephen Hill is an extremely raw receiver with unlimited upside. I was fortunate enough to see him often at GT and he routinely made high degree-of-difficulty receptions. As Alfie Crow over at Big Cat Country astutely pointed out, he would be a perfect piece of clay for our new, very experienced wide receivers coach Jerry Sullivan to mold.

The reality is that the draft is still over a month away, and there will be significant changes in how some players are viewed by then. I’ll have an updated mock draft in the coming weeks, as I’m sure other writers on B&T will.

 

- Daniel Lago

 


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