March 14, 2013; Eugene, OR, USA; Oregon Ducks linebacker/defensive end Dion Jordan talks with reporters at Oregon pro day at Moshofsky Center. Mandatory Credit: Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Mock Draft 2013: Recapping Todd McShay’s Jaguar Picks

Feb 22, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Southern California quarterback Matt Barkley speaks at a press conference during the 2013 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The mock draft season is in full swing and national draft pundits as well as local bloggers and sports team websites are getting into the fray.  Todd McShay has released his latest revised mock draft and the Jacksonville Jaguars come away pretty well equipped.  McShay covers the first two rounds in this mock.

Round 1 – #2 Overall

  • The Jacksonville Jaguars select Dion Jordan, DE/OLB, Oregon

Round 2 – #33 Overall

  • The Jacksonville Jaguars select Matt Barkley, QB, USC

To be perfectly honest, I think this may be one of many ideal situations for the Jags.  The team gets a pass rushing threat and a top-ranked quarterback in the first two rounds.  I like the way it shakes out and think it would go a long way to re-equipping the Jaguars for years to come.

Dion Jordan has risen up draft boards a lot lately.  He was a decently popular pick at #2 overall when all of the draft talk started and since the combine he has been rocketing into the top-5 almost everywhere.  He is incredibly fluid and plays linebacker instinctively, relying on his athleticism to guide his movements and make plays.  With some coaching and experience in the NFL he could become a real threat.

Barkley is a stud quarterback suffering from a poor senior year at USC.  He is on the same talent level as Blaine Gabbert, if not better.  If the team is looking for someone to push Gabbert and provide the potential for a clean handoff if Gabbert doesn’t pan out, Barkley could be the guy.  Barkley, if he slips to the second round, would enable to the Jaguars to carry pretty strong, young quarterback talents for the foreseeable future.

What do you guys think of McShay’s mock?  Any problems with taking Jordan and Barkley if they’re available at #2 and #33 respectively?

- Luke N. Sims

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  • JaxJagsForever

    Honestly, I have wanted Barkley since I watched the USC v Stanford game in 2011. To get him in the second round would be a steal, in my opinion. The guy has been working in a pro-style offense literally since the 7th grade, and has been calling his own plays since the 8th grade (his high school coach had never allowed a QB to call his own plays, including Matt Leinart, until Barkley). That being said, I just can’t possibly believe that he will last until the second round. Ideally, I would like to see the Jags trade back, pick him up later in the first, and get more picks. This will definitely be a fun draft to watch!

    • LukeNSims

      I would be shocked if he lasts until round two as well. As we get closer though, some teams are starting to address QB. KC has Alex Smith now, Oakland is getting Flynn. If the Jaguars pass on Geno, I imagine that Buffalo or Arizona picks him up with one or the other either taking Barkley or not. If they don’t, there aren’t really any “QB needy” teams left in the draft to use their first rounder on Barkley. Who knows, maybe he does slip? I’m crossing my fingers.

      • JaxJagsForever

        I agree. There is a chance he could slip. Plus, now it looks like Kolb to the Bills…so take the Bills out of the running. You know, I could see a team like Baltimore or New England picking him up if he is available that late. Think about it…aka Matt Cassel…Kevin Kolb….Matt Flynn….Aaron Rodgers. When you have a franchise QB, you can afford to take risks and let the first round QB sit, ultimately to turn him in to future draft picks. Ultimately, if Matt Barkley is sitting there at the end of the first round, I think NE will grab him (even though they have Ryan Mallet). Just a hunch….I certainly hope not..

        • LukeNSims

          I was wondering if someone would do that. I think that the Pats will just go with Mallet, but maybe I’m hoping more than thinking that will happen.

  • chas territo

    don’t try to go to the bills. both not good enough or need to be considered by the bills! GO BILLS!!

    • LukeNSims

      Looks like you guys get Kevin Kolb, that will be fun in Buffalo.

      • chas territo

        can hope!! its cheap and costs nothing.

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