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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