NFLMocks.com has published a complete three round mock draft and it hit the nail on the head for a number of teams. Were the Jacksonville Jaguars one of those teams? Absolutely. NFL Mocks co-editor Sayre Bedinger gave the Jaguars just what they needed in rounds 1-3: a pass rusher, a quarterback, and an offensive tackle.
Round 1: Dion Jordan, DE/OLB, Oregon
- This is rapidly becoming the go-to pick for the Jaguars and I have no complaints about it. The team needs pass rush help and they aren’t going to get it if they don’t pick up premium talent like Jordan. This pick is almost becoming a no-brainer for the Jags.
Round 2: Matt Barkley, QB, USC
- I’ve been hyping the Jordan/Barkley tandem for a while and the internet has been in agreement. Barkley would be a great pickup early in the second round and would immediately force Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne to get better or get cut. I like Barkley and think he would make a good addition to the team even if he doesn’t start his first year.
Round 3: Kyle Long, OT, Oregon
- Another Oregon piece comes to Jacksonville, and that’s a good thing. Chip Kelly built the Oregon offense into a top-flight force and Long only started four games for the Ducks, concentrating on baseball before that. Long is Hall of Famer Howie Long’s son and brother to St. Louis Rams defensive end Chris Long. Based on pedigree alone, this is a good pick. More importantly, Long is a monster. He is 6’6″ and weighs in at 313 pounds. Long was arrested for a DUI in 2009. Long hasn’t played at OT but would transition from guard to tackle for the pros. His experience at guard, another big hole for the Jags, could be beneficial.
All in all, I think that NFL Mocks did a good job of addressing needs for the Jaguars in all three rounds. GM Dave Caldwell, who will be drafting based on need, could follow a similar order during the actual draft as he looks for multiple starters coming out of college.
- Luke N. Sims
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