Eric Galko of Optimum Scouting recently put out a two-round mock draft with Luke Joeckel going #1 overall. Real shocker, right? For the Jaguars, he presents what might be the best case case scenario I’ve seen in a mock draft.
First, he has the Jaguars taking their QB of the future, West Virginia QB Geno Smith, with the #2 overall pick. Whether or not you agree that Geno Smith will become a top flight NFL quarterback, the value of QB in the league right now is such that he must be the pick if you believe he will. So for argument’s sake, let’s assume Caldwell and co. believe so.
At the front end of round 2, Galko has the Jaguars taking Cornelius “Tank” Carradine, a player who most mock drafts have being taken in the first round. If you don’t know much about Carradine, I’d advise you to look into him – he was part of the best DE tandem in the country this year with Bjoern Werner at Florida State, and it’s not like he played second fiddle to Werner all year long. He’s a big, fast DE who looks like a natural fit in a 4-3 defense. The caveat? He tore his ACL at the end of last season. Torn ACL’s don’t mean what they used to nowadays (Hello, Purple Jesus!), but it can be a strength and quickness-sapping injury for most players (Hello, Aaron Kampman…). He’s not a prototypical LEO, but he is a guy that should be able to wreak havoc with his hand on the ground in a traditional 4-3 set. The team that’s most likely to pick him is a team that can afford to wait for him to recover fully (aka the bad teams in the NFL). In all honesty, the Jaguars will likely be in that boat, and I sure wouldn’t mind seeing Carradine as the pick if we hold on to #33.
What is your ideal Jaguars draft scenario?
- Zain Gowani