The Jacksonville Jaguars have a lot of needs, none more glaring than at quarterback and pass rusher. The more the Jaguars win however, the farther away they move from the top quarterback in Teddy Bridgewater and the top pass rusher in Jadeveon Clowney. The Jaguars are currently picking third overall, which makes their selection much more interesting than if they had the first overall pick.
Here’s what Peter Smith over at our sister Fansided NFL Draft site With the First Pick had the Jaguars doing with their first two draft picks:
General Manager David Caldwell and head coach Gus Bradley make Carr their choice to lead the Jaguars. Carr is as physically talented as any passer in this draft and while he has some consistency issues with his footwork, he has all of the ability to be a great quarterback. The Jaguars have some weapons in place with Cecil Shorts, Marcedes Lewis and Justin Blackmon if he can stay on the field.
39. Jacksonville Jaguars - Anthony Johnson, DT LSU
The Jaguars defensive line is really thin and while they have gotten some production out of Sen’Derrick Marks, they could use additional help at just about any spot on the line. Johnson gives them a nice 4-3 defensive tackle that is best suited to play the nose, but offers some help as a pass rusher as well.
Peter has Teddy and Jake Matthews taken first and second, which leaves the Jaguars to choose from Clowney and the leftover quarterbacks. I don’t have a problem going with Derek Carr, but I personally would prefer Blake Bortles out of Central Florida. I don’t see Carr’s game translating as well to the NFL as Bortles, but there’s a reason Carr is being mocked so high. He has a cannon for an arm and has produced ridiculous numbers this season.
I’m fine with Peter taking Anthony Johnson as well. The Jaguars definitely need depth on the defensive line to help spell Sen’Derrick Marks and keep him fresh.
- Daniel Lago
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