November 17, 2012; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah Utes defensive tackle Star Lotulelei (92) is introduced on senior night prior to a game against the Arizona Wildcats at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Draft Talk – Early 2013 Jags Mock Draft(s)


 

The following is the first article in a series of articles focusing on the Jaguars and the 2013 NFL Draft.

Is the season done yet? Through the struggles of this year, I’ve tried to stay strong, but it just hasn’t happened. I’ve given in to draft fever. While I still watch the games, its mainly for talent evaluation and insight as to what the Jaguars need from next year’s draft. Here are some very, VERY early draft scenarios using the current rankings.

I’ll briefly explain each scenario and then lay out my top 3 or 4 rounds. I’ll be using CBS Sports, Draft Tek and Draftcountdown’s draft boards to slot the players.

Remember, I’m not going to pick a single player. I’m gonna try and pick 2-3 players per round (near their projected draft position) that the Jaguars could pick from.

 

 

 

 

 
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Scenario 1 — The Jags keep on losing and GM Gene is gone, along with Mike Mularkey. Now look, I honestly think Mike Mularkey is a decent coach and I’m not sure what the hell is wrong with his team (besides the fact that they are sucking massively), however, I’m not sure he sticks around if we get a new GM and can’t win another game. This scenario would mean that change is a’comin’ on all fronts of the Jaguars organization. I’ll try to approach this as BAP as possible, real BAP, not targeted BAP.
 
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Scenario 2 — Jags win 3 of the final 7 games and show improvement enough to warrant keeping Mularkey, but GM Gene is still gone. This scenario is the other likely scenario, With Mularkey remaining as coach, continuity would be preserved and the new GM would be tasked with filling the roster with talent to fit the current coaching scheme.
 
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Here’s a brief breakdown of the positions I think the Jaguars need help at…
 
If they stay in a 4-3
1. DE
2. CB
3. OLB
4. S
5. CB
 
If they switch to a 3-4
1. OLB
2. NT
3. CB
4. S
5. ILB
 
In either scenario, I am dreaming the Mr. Khan has decided to find a GM who wants to implement a 3-4, because I think the Jaguars need more speed on the field… however, I’ll also do a basic 4-3 draft too.
 
Remember in these scenarios, the Jaguars select 2nd.
 
 
 
No Trade Downs / Jags adopt a 3-4 D
1. Star Lotulelei, NT             or       *Jarvis Jones, OLB
2. Dion Jordan, OLB  ***         or      *David Amerson, CB          or      *Xavier Rhodes, CB
3. Brandon Jenkins, OLB     or   *Corey Lemonier, OLB      or      *Matt Elam, S
 
*** Dion Jordan is probably going to fly off the draft boards once he starts being poked and prodded. Seeing as the Jags are drafting #33 at the point, it is essentially a late round 1 pick.
 
Trade down (1st for mid 1st and mid 2nd) / Jags adopt a 3-4
1. Manti Te’o, LB             or       Johnthan Banks, CB           or    *Sam Montgomery, OLB    or   *Keenan Allen, WR
2a. Dion Jordan, OLB   ***       or       Xavier Rhodes, CB
2b. Chase Thomas, OLB     or       Ezekiel Ansah, DE/OLB   or    *Zach Ertz, TE
3. Brandon Jenkins, OLB    or       *Corey Lemonier, OLB    or    *Matt Elam, S
 
*** Dion Jordan is probably going to fly off the draft boards once he starts being poked and prodded. Seeing as the Jags are drafting #33 at the point, it is essentially a late round 1 pick.
 
No Trade Downs / Jags stay 4-3 D
1. Star Lotulelei, NT                   or        Luke Joeckel, OT               or         *Dee Milliner, CB
2. *DeAndre Hopkins, WR       or        Ezekiel Ansah, DE                or       *Zach Ertz, TE
3. Kenny Vaccaro, FS                or         *Da’Rick Rogers, WR         or         Desmond Trufant, CB
4. Cornellius Carradine, DE (falls because of injury)
 
 
 
Too early to tell, but I honestly hope that the Jags switch to a 3-4 defense. It just places so much more speed on the field. My next article will be, “who on the Jaguars could play in a 3-4 scheme?”
 
 
 

Tags: 2013 NFL Draft 2013 NFL Mock Draft Jacksonville Jaguars

  • http://twitter.com/dlago89 Daniel Lago

    I don’t see Dion Jordan making it to the second round. I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets into the top ten after the combine. But I like the switch to 3-4. It’s gotta happen sometime.

    • Jason Love

      Nor do I. Probably way too physically gifted. We’ll have to see what his triangle numbers end up being. The fact that he has dropped into coverage in his career can only help push him up the board.

  • LukeNSims

    I wouldn’t be shocked to see the 3-4 put in there. That really removes a lot of the current talent on the roster though. Maybe Alualu at DE because he can’t play NT. Jason Babin to OLB perhaps? I’m not convinced Jeremy Mincey can play 3-4 DE, he may become an odd man out. The linebacking corps may not find good use for Posluszny then either (as much as I love the guy, he is definitely a traditional middle 4-3 linebacker).

    I agree the Jags need more speed on the field. I think most of the secondary could stay in the switch, Russell Allen probably has a good fit, the aforementioned Alualu and Babin shift, Pot Roast may find a spot, but that would seriously be a major roster revamp. But then again, most of our pieces are pretty poor anyway.

    • Jason Love

      Well, that’s kinda the point. This has the looks of a blow up.
      DE — Alualu, Mosley could play, I had read somewhere that Lane was around 280 or so, so maybe lane or Selvie, I thought Mincey was around 280, but he may not fit.
      NT – Knighton could work there.
      OLB – Branch, Chick as rush backers, Smith
      ILB – Allen, Poz — Poz wasn’t terrible in Buffalo, just wasn’t great, he can play interior LB at a above average level, in that I have no doubt.
      Secondary — everyone, BUT, I think the Jags would have to start playing more press coverage to get rid of the underneath stuff and give the pass rush a little more time to get to the QB.

      • LukeNSims

        Yeah, it’ll be a mess of a transition if it happens. Kind of exciting though! I didn’t think of Mosley, he could be a good fit. Mincey probably has the size, but I just don’t see him filling the role well. I’ve been severely underwhelmed by his play this season (and let’s be honest, eight sacks last year really isn’t “elite” either).

  • Tyler

    Never once addressed the O Line problems. Its the worst in the league. Look at Warmack from Bama or Joeckel from A&M

    • Jason Love

      I did mention Joeckel, but I digress. Warmack is a guard and a highly thought of guard to boot. Guards are not worth the #2 overall pick. Yes, I understand that the Jaguars need to improve the OL, I thought they should have improved it somehow last year, but we are where we are. The Jags need a C heir apparent, a RT to push Bradfield or take over, and another guard for depth, starting potential.
      Best case scenario, Rackley comes back healthy and with 2.5 years of NFL training under his belt, he becomes a solid starter and stays healthy. Nwaneri plays well, Britton starts playing better and pushes Bradfield, Brewster recovers and continues to progress and takes over for Meester, and Monroe continues to play well.
      Worst case scenario, Rackley never progressed, Britton leaves in Free Agency, Bradfield regresses, Meester retires, and Brewster plays like he was a UDFA.
      I think there is a high probability that the Jaguars take an OL during the draft, but it needs to match talent level/ceiling to draft position.