Mike Mayock published his top 100 prospect rankings on Tuesday. For a guy that makes his living on guessing how good young men with freakish talent will be at translating their athleticism into the speed and finesse of pro football, listing the top 100 is big. Does he get some wrong every year? Yeah. We all do.
Drafts definitely don’t follow top 100 lists. Teams draft based on need, potential, schematic fit, and a whole host of other reasons. But for the fun of it, and because this may come out as close as any other mock draft gets, I’m going to take every player in his top 100 at a Jacksonville Jaguars pick and mock it to them. Check here for the full list. Let’s see how it turns out:
Round 1, pick 2) Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida
Round 2, pick 33) Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M
Round 3, pick 64) Sio Moore, OLB, Connecticut
Round 4, pick 98) Tyrann Mathieu, CB, LSU
With the Jags GM Dave Caldwell looking for starters and value, this mock comes out alright. Floyd and Moore make the Jaguars go from a weak defensive front to almost having a logjam at all positions. Floyd would join Tyson Alualu, Roy Miller, and Sen’Derrick Marks as a formidable foursome at defensive tackle. All four offer versatility which would enable the Jaguars to use a lot of different schemes.
The scheming possibilities open up even more with the second round pick of Damontre Moore. Moore, if motivated, could be a force at defensive end. At 33 overall they are getting a talent that some thought was a top-10 lock early in the pre-draft season. Moore would not fill the LEO position in Gus Bradley’s hybrid defense but he would definitely bring some much needed pass rushing talent.
Sio Moore is a great pick and I am ridiculously pleased that he lined up with the Jaguars in Mayock’s top 100 prospects. The Jags desperately need help at outside linebacker and Moore is impressive. He has all the physical tools you want and seems to have a high motor. I’m actually surprised Moore isn’t higher in Mayock’s listings. The NFL Combine was the coming out party for the Connecticut player but his popularity has slid a little since then.
The Jaguars find great value and an instant starter with The Honey Badger in round four. Mathieu has some serious character concerns and some motivation issues but he has talent. He would instantly bring some attitude to the Jaguars and he could start immediately. He isn’t a schematic fit for Gus Bradley’s defense, however, at just 5’9″ but has decent arm length (31 1/8″ compared to Seattle’s 6’3″ Richard Sherman at 32″). Here the Jaguars get a guy who plays bigger than he is.
Overall, I think the first four rounds come out pretty well for the Jaguars following Mayock’s top prospects. Floyd and Moore are fantastic picks I would enjoy seeing the Jaguars draft. I have concerns about Moore but believe that he could be turned into something special by defensive line coach Todd Wash. His motivation problems will likely disappear with the engaging and contagiously energetic approach of head coach Gus Bradley. Mathieu is obviously the wildcard in this but he would be tough to pass up in the fourth round if he was there. I bet even Bradley would be willing to let the size slide if he and Caldwell felt they could get Mathieu to be a consistent playmaker who pours everything into the game and avoids off-field problems.
How do you guys think this “for fun” mock turned out?
– Luke N. Sims
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