Thanks to Fanspeak.com and their programmers, I will now give you my most updated opinion of how the draft will play out for the Jags. The simulator uses all info given by each team of their needs and picks accordingly. When the Jag picks come up each round, I am able to then pick from all available players undrafted. Let me make it clear. I choose the players I think reflected the best available at the positions most desired. I will try to perform a draft every few weeks so that hopefully, with each new bit of info released on Jag moves and players entering, my picks will become more and more educated. The combine has definitely caused the picks to change for multiple teams, thus affecting the Jags picks. Because I completed this mock after the combine was completed, I feel this will be the most informed mock draft yet. I will show my picks with a short explanation. I will show previous picks if they have changed. I will also give a few players that I considered before I went with my pick.
Just so you understand where my mindset is, the Jags’ needs I was looking to fill were QB, RB, WR, TE, OG, C, DE, DT, OLB, & FS. Don’t forget that free agency opens next week. I was also keying on speed and special teams prowess. I will explain further when summarizing my picks. Special thanks to CBSsportsline for player rankings. Ladies and gentlemen, Welcome to the 2014 Gumbussy NFL Draft Version #5…The Jags are again on the clock!
Previous Gumbussy Mock Drafts:
Round One/Pick #3 – Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina, 6-5/266 lbs –Currently ranked #1 at the DE position. I really want a pass rushing beast. People are still questioning his work ethic and heart. All I know is he showed up at the combine in great shape and ran faster than any other lineman. He showed well in interviews and looked the part of a top draft choice. Rob Rang of CBSsportsline compares him to Mario Williams. Not Bad! (Same pick every mock draft so far)
I am not tempted by any other. Have I not made it clear that I am firm on this pick. As I’m writing this, the Jags just signed Chad Henne to return so a QB at #3 is no longer pressing. I am feeling even more conviction in this player selection.
Round Two/Pick #39 – Calvin Pryor, FS, Louisville, 5-11/207 lbs – Currently ranked #2 at the FS position. Pryor showed very well at the combine. He has decent speed, looked fluid in the drills, and showed in college that he hits like a donkey punch! Combine him with SS Johnathon Cyprien and we will definitely have the best young safety tandem in the NFL. Rob Rang of CBSsportsline compares him to Antrel Rolle. Not a bad player to be compared to! (Calvin was taken in Mock #3 / Tre Mason was picked in Mock #1 & 2. He was drafted #70 in this draft. / Hasean Clinton-Dix was picked in Mock #4. He was drafted #24 in this draft.)
- No one tempted me. I just got a player currently ranked #2 at a position that we are looking to upgrade. I’m very happy so far!
Round Three/Pick #70 – Tre Mason, RB, Auburn, 5-8/207 lbs – Currently ranked #1 at the RB position. RB is a pressing issue because no one believes MJD will re-sign. Speed and power in a compact package. Came to combine about 2 inches shorter than anticipated, not that it makes a bit of difference to me. His size is not a detriment. Rob Rang of CBS Sportsline compared him to Ray Rice. As long as Mason doesn’t knock out his fiance’, then I’m good with the comparison. (Tre Mason was previously picked here in Mock #4 / Daniel McCullers picked in Mock #1 – Selected #150 in this draft/Kelcy Quarles picked in Mock #2 – Selected #66 /Bradley Roby picked in Mock #3 – Selected #51)
- I am beside myself with how the draft is going. Unless MJD comes back, this pick is MANDATORY! I want this player regardless of what MJD does.
Round Four/Pick #101 – Pierre Desir, CB, Lindenwood, 6-1/198 lbs – Currently ranked #9 at the CB position. – Big and physical CB that Coach Bradley favors. Played against lessor opponents in a small school but showed well against the best seniors in the country at the Senior Bowl & displayed excellent skills at the combine. Rob Rang of CBS Sportsline compared him to Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. I like how he is projected as a ball hawk who is also present in the run defense. Hope he conditions well and adds a few pounds. (Dion Bailey picked in Mock #1 – Selected #117 in this draft /Jaylen Watkins picked in Mock #2 – Selected #92/Kelcy Quarles picked in Mock #3 – Selected #66 / DaQuan Jones picked in Mock #4 / selected #110)
- Arthur Lynch, TE – This pick became a little less important with the re-signing of Clay Harbor, but would still be relevant if they do what I want and release Marcedes Lewis. The most consistently successful offensive players to come from Georgia is at tight end. Lynch will be a player somewhere. Why not here?
- Jimmy Garoppolo, QB – Another pick not quite as necessary with the re-signing of Henne. Jimmy has worked his way to the #5 rated QB in the draft. I just felt we could squeeze the QB pick in later. A big, young CB seemed more important.
Round Four/ #110 – Daquan Jones, DT, Penn State, 6-4/322 lbs – Currently ranked #10 at the DT position. The Jags need a young, big guy to plug the middle of the line and free up the linebackers to do their job. At 322 lbs, Jones fits the bill. (Tyler Larsen picked in Mock #1 – selected #147 / Jimmy Garoppolo picked in Mock #2 – Selected #106 /Charles Sims picked in Mock #3 – Selected #123 / Pierre Desir picked in Mock #4 – Selected #101)
- Chris Watt, OG – The release of Uche Nwaneri makes this an intelligent pick. I though am looking for the starter to be addressed through free agency and seeking some depth through undrafted free agents and training camp cuts. The Jags lack depth, but they also lack excellence at the skill positions. That’s what I’m looking for in this draft.
- Bryan Stork, Center – (SEE ABOVE)
Round Five/ pick #132 – Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia, 6-0/207 lbs – Currently ranked #8 at the QB position. Chad Henne is signed. The pressure is off. We can bring someone in who could actually sit a few years and learn how to be a NFL quarterback. It worked for Aaron Rodgers. Aaron Murray played at a high level at Georgia for four years. I think he will be a hell of a pro. Rob Rang of CBS Sportsline compared him to Andy Dalton. (Aaron Murray picked in Mock #1 & #3 /Jordan Tripp picked in Mock #2 – Selected #107 / Bryan Stork selected in Mock #4 – picked #127)
- I wanted my QB and I got him in the 5th round. No other pick excites me.
Round Five/ Pick #138 – Jeff Janis, WR, Saginaw Valley, 6-3/219 lbs – Currently ranked #27 at the WR position. I just think he will be an outstanding pro. One of the most pro looking players at the combine. I didn’t see him drop one pass. He’s a tall WR, which the Jags need more of. He also tied for the 7th fastest 40 time.. (Jacob Pederson picked in Gumbussy #1 & #2 – Selected #156 /Josh Huff picked in Gumbussy #3 – Selected #145 / Selected Aaron Murray in Mock #4 – Selected #132)
- Satisfied with this pick. Wanted an over 6 foot WR with some speed and soft hands. Got both in one player. I think at this point of the draft, he would be a steal!
Round Five/Pick #147 – Tyler Larsen, C, Utah State, 6-4/235 lbs - Currently ranked #5 at the Center position. The release of Nwaneri has kind of put the interior offensive line in a bit of disarray. Michael Brewster’s ability to play center and guard helps but we need some good young players we can plug in immediately. Larsen fits the bill. (Tyler Larson picked in Mock #4/ De’Anthony Thomas picked in Mock #1 – Selected #163 /Bashaud Breeland picked in Mock #2 – Selected #118 / Jordan Zumwalt selected in Mock #4 – picked #119)
- David Fales, QB – Wouldn’t be a bad move to hedge our bets and select two QBs to develop, with Henne as their Mr. Miyagi. What I like about this kid is they say he is very cocky and a quick learn. I like that quality in my QB.
Round Six/Pick #163 – De’Anthony Thomas, RB, Oregon, 5-9/170 lbs – Currently ranked #19 at the RB position. Thomas will be one of the most exciting rookies of 2014. Catch passes. Run out of the backfield. Field kickoffs & punts. I WANT THIS GUY! (Thomas picked here in Mock #2 /Devon Kennard picked in Mock #1 – Not drafted/ Jeff Janis selected in Mock #4 – picked #138)
- There is no question. I would love to get Thomas in this position. No other pick would compare.
Round Seven/Pick #199 – Dri Archer, WR, Kent State, 5-8/173 lbs – Currently ranked #26 at the WR position. Definitely a product of the combine. But MY LORD…What a product! He was the fastest person at the combine. He came close to matching Chris Johnson’s 40 time record and was bummed that he didn’t. That means he’s competitive. Dave Caldwell stated last year that the Jags M.O. in the draft area will always include speed. (L’Damian Washington picked in Mock #1 & #2 – Picked #202/Jake Murphy picked in Mock #3 – Selected #187/ Walt Aikens selected in Mock #4 – Picked #207)
- I would take this pick & put it in the bank!!! I want the fastest player entering the league coming to my team.
Key Players & where they are going per this mock draft:
- QBs – Bortles (#1) – Houston / Manziel (#4) – Cleveland / Bridgewater (#5) Oakland / Carr (#11) – Tennessee / McCarron (#84) – Arizona / Mettenberger (#96) – Minnesota / Garoppolo (#106) – St. Louis / Brett Smith (#154) – Indianapolis / Fales (#159) – Denver / Thomas (#167) – Chicago / Boyd (#191) – Denver / Wenning (#221) – New England.
- First RB selected – Ka’Deem Carey (#35) – Cleveland.
- 1st Round WRs – Watkins (#8) – Minnesota / Matthews (#10) – Detroit / Evans (#17) – Baltimore / Lee (#18) – N.Y.Jets / Cooks (#26) – Cleveland / Beckham Jr. (#28) Carolina / Benjamin (#32) – Seattle.
- Other notables – Dee Ford (#13) – St. Louis / Jace Amaro (#21) – Green Bay / Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (#24) – Cincinnati / Jackson Jeffcoat [Son of former pro Jim Jeffcoat] (#99) – Atlanta / Michael Sam (#134) – Seattle / James Wilder Jr. [son of former pro James Wilder] (#141) / Cody Hoffman [Mr. Irrelevant] (#224) – Seahawks .
So what have we learned from mock draft #5? With this mock, we have covered the needs at QB, RB, WR, OC, DE, DT, CB, FS, & punt/kickoff specialist. That would mean OG, OLB, & TE would have to be handled via free agency. Both are pretty easy to get by those means. Seven of our ten draft picks would be players who are rated in the top ten at their positions. This draft gave me everything I was looking for, wanted and is fast as lightning. If the draft went this way…I would sit back with a huge cigar and watch the season tickets sell. I hope you will come back next time and see what happens. Please tell me what you think of Gumbussy #5.
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Tags: 2014 NFL Draft Aaron Murray Calvin Pryor Chad Henne Daquan Jones David Caldwell De'Anthony Thomas Dri Archer Gus Bradley Jacksonville Jaguars Jadeveon Clowney Jeff Janis Pierre Desir Tre Mason Tyler Larsen