Sept 1, 2012; Tallahassee, Florida, USA; Murray State Racers quarterback Casey Brockman (12) has his pass deflected by Florida State Seminoles defensive end Brandon Jenkins (4) during the game at Doak Campbell Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

Jaguars Mock Draft and Mock Free Agency, 1/7/13


Here is a mock offseason for today, entitled…  “Rebuilding the Defense,”

 

Rebuilding the Defense

I’ll start with FA, which will dictate the draft somewhat. The assumption here is that the Jags switch to a 3-4.

 

Special Case/Trades

  1. Everyone, Every Position — Put out an APB. Everyone is on the block. The Jags won’t piss off a specific player and can gather new picks for the new GM. This helps broker the clean slate the Khan has been looking for… as for not pissing off a player…
  2. Maurice Jones-Drew, RB — Trade him or keep him. He can still play, he’s the Jags best offensive player at this point in time. However, its now a passing game and MoJo really doesn’t show the shiftiness he used to have. If the Jags can get a 3rd or 4th, I say pull the trigger, otherwise I’d keep him. He’s still your best runner by far.

 

Resign

  1. Daryl Smith, LB — He may be getting older, but he’s great. He could be good in any scheme.
  2. Derek Cox, CB — The Jags best CB needs to be resigned, regardless of injury history. Maybe protect yourself with injury clauses or a backloaded salary contract.

 

Attempt to Resign

  1. Rashad Jennings, RB — He showed some promise late in 2011 and had a good 2012 preseason, but then suffered his knee injury and never looked the same afterwards. A reasonable offer should be extended to Jennings, but he isn’t necessary.
  2. Jalen Parmele, RB — He showed some promise. Give him a training camp contract and let him duke it out.
  3. Zach Potter, TE — Give him a training camp contract.
  4. John Estes, C — Training camp contract. He had some buzz last preseason before his placement on IR.
  5. Brad Meester, C — Training camp contract. His mentorship could be used, even if just in training camp.
  6. Terrence Knighton, NT — Try to give him a contract, he could be a NT in the 3-4. His offseason was harrowing to say the least. This way he wouldnt have to try and stay skinny!
  7. Rashean Mathis, CB — A veteran minimum contract could work.
  8. William Middleton, CB — Market value contract. He’s depth.
  9. Austin Pasztor, G — Potential is there. A market value contract would be cheap.
  10. John Chick, DE/OLB — Resign him and try him out at OLB in the 3-4. Great first step, but not sure of his coverage skill.
  11. Steve Vallos, G — Market contract for training camp.
  12. Keith Toston, RB — Had a good game in his one start. Another body to fight for running back.

 

Let Walk

  1. Greg Jones, FB — I love Greg Jones, but a fullback isn’t necessary in this game. It’s all about H-Backs who can shift consistently. Give me 4-5 H-Backs on the roster to play TE/FB/Whatever.
  2. Eben Britton, OG/OT — What could have been…
  3. George Selvie, DE  – Doesn’t fit the scheme.
  4. Brock Bolen, FB — No more pure fullbacks!
  5. Aaron Ross, CB — Cut him. Please. So terrible this year.
  6. Kyle Bosworth, LB — Showed me nothing. Let him walk.

 

Free Agency

  1. Get a RT. Ryan Clady, Jake Long, Andre Smith, Sebastian Vollmer, Brandon Albert. What do these guys have in common? They are tier 1 OT free agents. The Jaguars need to get one.
  2. Get a TE. – It doesn’t have to be a starter, but someone who fits the H-Back mold or extremely athletic. Think Delanie Walker or Jared Cook.
  3. Get a WR. — A mid-tier WR would be nice. Blackmon in the Slot, Shorts at the X or Y and one more. Someone who is a route runner with sure hands would be nice or a big guy who could go up for jump balls. Maybe Louis Murphy, Denario Alexander, Dwayne Bowe.
  4. Get some rush Backers — Try to get at least 1 rush OLB for the new 3-4. No idea who. Barwin would probably fall well outside of the Jags price range of the other positions are addressed. Kruger of the Ravens could be a name to look out for.
  5. Address Corner. -- Cox’s health, Mathis’ health and drop off, Ross’ ineptitude. The Jags could use another CB. Mike Harris has been a surprise at Nickel and when healthy Cox is good. Another good CB is necessary. May not be a player worth signing.

 

Draft

  1. Star Lotulelei, NT, Utah — The Jaguars starting NT.
  2.  Jordan Poyer, CB, OSU — Could be a week 1 starter opposite of Cox.
  3.  Brandon Jenkins, OLB, FSU — A steal in the 3rd, the Jaguars get a good 3-4 OLB that can both cover and rush the passer.
  4.  Jamie Collins, OLB, Southern Miss. – A productive pass rusher in college, the Jaguars could cross train him at each LB position.
  5.  Everett Dawkins, DE, FSU — A DE in a 3-4, Everett can immediately provide DE rotational depth.
  6.  Meshak Williams, OLB, Kansas State — Another productive pass rusher at the OLB position. Can’t have enough of them (see the Steelers D).
  7. Baker Steinkuhler, DE, Nebraska — A big man that can hold the point. Steinkuhler can also be in the rotation for the D-Line.

Tags: 2013 NFL Draft 2013 NFL Free Agency Jacksonville Jaguars Maurice Jones-drew Star Lotulelei

  • Jason Love

    Just to preempt — this is a hypo if the new GM decided to completely redo the defense from the ground up. I’m gonna try to do an offensive (both ways) version soon.

  • Sasser

    Is it just me or isn’t Everett Dawkins a DT I love Everett Dawkins but don’t think we need a DT. We do however need a DE and if we can get Brandon Jenkins in the third round that is a steal. He might be better than Bjoern Werner he was just injured this year.

    • Jason Love

      In a 3-4, the DE is more of a DT, hence Dawkins at DE. Jenkins would be a OLB in the the 3-4. Jenkins injury is the reason he falls to the 3rd. But remember, its 2 picks from the second (pick #66). so barely the 3rd

  • John

    I like the idea of switching to a 3-4, but we’ll need more rush backers. I like the idea of a veteran like Kruger, then Jarvis Jones in the first. I’m not overly impressed with Star, Jones plays a lot like Von Miller, and can be a difference maker. I think Knighton can handle the nose, and Alualu and Mincey at end, with CJ Mosley being able to play noise or tackle. Posluszney and Daryl Smith in the middle (Smith used to play middle linebacker). I think a guy like Andre Branch may be able to learn rush linebacker, too. So I think that wouldn’t be too bad of an idea.

  • David

    We’re going to need better ILBs if we convert to a 3-4. I know smith could probably handle it, but I don’t know if poz could. We’ll need completely new pass rushers hence your OLB heavy mock draft which is awesome. It’d be a great way to bring in new players while learning an updated D. I’d like to see Knighton at NT. I wonder if he’d be better suited for that position.

    • Jason Love

      Good points. D. Smith can play any position (definitely give him the benefit of doubt). Knighton truly might be a better NT. And I agree with the ILB, however, in the 3-4 the OLB is more important. Its equivalent to a 4-3 DE. I think Poz could handle it for a least one year. I mean, hypothetically, we could draft Minter from LSU or Ogletree from Georgia for a ILB position.