Our weekly look at mock drafts around the Fansided network continues with our friends over at NFL Mocks. The combine isn’t quite over yet, but Erik Lambert came out with an updated mock draft that includes trades. He has the Houston Texans taking Blake Bortles first overall after his impressive combine performance, and then he has the Atlanta Falcons trading up to the second overall pick for physical freak Jadeveon Clowney out of South Carolina. So, does he have the Jaguars taking Johnny Football or Teddy Bridgewater?
#3 – Jacksonville Jaguars – Johnny Manziel – QB – Texas A&M
Gus Bradley vowed to create the “Seahawks of the South” so it’s only fitting he gets his Russell Wilson. Johnny Manziel mirrors the Seattle star in terms of size, mobility and charismatic leadership. His instinctive playmaking is hard to describe and exactly what the Jacksonville Jaguars need.
This pick is going to be different for almost everyone on the internet. It seems to be a preference at this point, and most people want to try to force Manziel into a Russell Wilson-sized hole. They’re not really the same player, but the connection between Wilson and head coach Gus Bradley is going to get played up through the rest of the draft process.
Again, it’s essentially preference, but I would still take Bridgewater over Manziel at this point if both are available. Some people are going to knock Bridgewater for barely participating in the combine drills – and I’ll admit that skipping the 40-yard dash was a curious decision – but in the end, it doesn’t even matter. Combine performance correlates very poorly with success at the NFL level as far as quarterbacks; look no further than former first round pick Blaine Gabbert. Bridgewater will put himself on display at his pro day and no one will remember or care about what he did or didn’t do at the combine.
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