We continue our weekly look at mock drafts around the Fansided network by checking in on our friends over at NFL Spin Zone. Rishi Pochiraju recently posted his first mock draft and he incorporated a few trades into the first round mix. Rishi surprisingly enough has the Texans taking Teddy Bridgewater first overall, followed by Jadeveon Clowney going to the Atlanta Falcons via trade. With the 3rd overall pick, he has the Minnesota Vikings trading up to select Johnny Manziel. So at number 8 overall, who does he have the Jacksonville Jaguars taking?
8. Jacksonville Jaguars (trade with Vikings)
OT, Texas A&M
The Jaguars are among the worst teams in the league when it comes to depth. The team needs a quarterback, running back (if/when Maurice Jones-Drew leaves), a number one receiver, a few solid starters on the offensive line, solid defensive line players… you get the point. Pass protection issues are a reason for terrible offense (and, of course, Chad Henne and Blaine Gabbert). This team can use a lot of help in a lot of places, but it starts with the offensive line. Put Henne behind the Patriots’ offensive line and I guarantee you he fares much better.
Matthews is my highest-rated offensive linemen – his athleticism and production in college were much better than Greg Robinson of Auburn, so I’d want the Jags to favor Matthews over Robinson (kind of how the Redskins took Trent Williams over Russell Okung in the 2010 draft). Since the team traded down five spots, it’ll have multiple second round picks where it can select a quarterback.
I don’t mind trading back – especially if David Caldwell gets some 2nd round picks in return – but I’m not crazy about the choice to draft Jake Matthews. Luke Joeckel is slated to start at left tackle and Austin Pasztor started to develop into a serviceable right tackle as the season progressed in 2013. Tackle is not a priority, but the decision at 8th overall is tough with most of the “elite” prospects off the board. With the way Rishi has the draft shaking out, I would have gone with Mike Evans to upgrade the receiver position, or a guy like Anthony Barr or Kony Ealy as a potential LEO.
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