With just a week and a half until the draft, things are still up in the air about who the Jacksonville Jaguars will select in the first round of the NFL Draft. Fansided.com thinks they have it down though. In their weekly NFL Mock Draft (now two rounds!) they have the Jacksonville Jaguars filling two major needs.
Round 1, Pick 2: Dion Jordan, DE/OLB, Oregon
Jordan is a guy who has shot right up to the top of most draft boards and it’s not without good reason. He’s got Jason Pierre-Paul potential as Jordan is fast, athletic and his stock is only going up. Jacksonville has been linked to Geno Smith in the last week, and he remains an option here especially after his admirable Wonderlic test. But the draft has plenty of quarterbacks that guru Jon Gruden has stamped with his approval, which means the Jags can focus on shoring up an awful defensive front from 2012.
Round 2, Pick 33: Menelik Watson, OT, Florida State
I’d love to mock a quarterback here, but the Jaguars need to beef up their offensive line before they even think about taking a signal caller. Blaine Gabbert still has enough of a chance to compete as a starter against anyone worthy of a selection here, and anyone selected here would have to deal with the same thing Gabbert deals with: a terrible offensive line. Draft help here and anyone, even Gabbert, has a lot better chance of surviving in 2013.
Writer Josh Hill did a good job helping the Jaguars out in this mock. The Jags desperately need to repair their pass rush and their offensive line. Jordan is a frequently mocked pick for the Jags, but the Watson pick really displays a desire for the Jaguars to solve their problems even if it isn’t sexy. For a team that will be drafting based on need, this makes sense.
- Luke N. Sims
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