With the combine in our rear view mirror, it’s time for the big draftniks around the web to update their mock drafts. Todd McShay recently released his 3.0 mock draft (ESPN insider is needed to view the whole thing) and he made a change at the at the top. In his 2.0 mock draft he gave the Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Teddy Bridgewater out of Louisville. Despite changing who he had going first and second overall, he stuck with Bridgewater for the Jaguars.
Analysis: I think that if Clowney drops to this spot, he could be Jacksonville’s choice as a guy who could come in and be a difference-maker for that defense, playing something of a hybrid role. But unless Clowney is available, I think the Jaguars will take the best QB available at No. 3. I feel as though Bortles and Bridgewater are the two likeliest options, and with Bortles off the board in this scenario, that means Bridgewater. He is the most NFL-ready and naturally accurate quarterback in this class, and he remains the top QB in our rankings.
– Todd McShay
McShay gets the feeling that the Jaguars would prefer Clowney over Bridgewater, but I don’t completely agree with that logic. I think Bridgewater is a legitimate franchise quarterback and should be the pick regardless. Still, I can’t complain about the scenario McShay has playing out. He has Bortles going to Houston and Clowney going to St. Louis, leaving Bridgewater right there for the Jaguars. I think Bridgewater is a tier above Bortles and Johnny Manziel, and he would be a steal at 3rd overall. With pro days and private workouts still left, we’ll likely see these top 5 picks or so move around quite a bit.
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