Sep 14, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Bulls linebacker Khalil Mack (46) rushes Stony Brook Seawolves quarterback Lyle Negron (12) during the first half at University of Buffalo Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Jacksonville Jaguars 2014 NFL Mock Draft - Bolstering the Defense

Sep 28, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Bulls linebacker Khalil Mack (46) sacks Connecticut Huskies quarterback Chandler Whitmer (10) during the second half at University of Buffalo Stadium. Buffalo beat Connecticut 41-12. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

We continue our weekly look at mock drafts around the Fansided network by checking in on our friends over at NFL Spin Zone. Conor Cahill is working on his his mock draft “5.11″ and he decided to mix things up a little bit at the top of the draft. After slotting UCF quarterback Blake Bortles to the Houston Texans at number one, he has the Atlanta Falcons trading up to number two to snag Jadeveon Clowney. With Teddy Bridgewater still on the board, he opts to add a pass rusher instead.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars
Khalil Mack
Outside Linebacker, Buffalo

I will give the Jaguars credit. They at least attempted to bolster their pass rush with all their cap space. However, they did it by resigning a 33-year old Jason Babin, and Super Bowl cast offs Red Bryant and Chris Clemons. Babin had a good year in 2013, but he is old. Bryant isn’t much of anything rushing the passer and the 32-year old Clemons had only 4.5 sacks this past season. Adding Mack would help all three of these players get much less protection thrown their way. Adding Mack would give the Jaguars a very respectable stable of pass rushers for the first time ever.

Conor is correct in saying the Jaguars still don’t have a long-term solution at pass rusher despite the free agent signings, and this is a completely logical pick if David Caldwell isn’t sold on Bridgewater or Johnny Manziel. Still, this feels like a reaction to the recent pro day performances of Bridgewater and Bortles. While Bortles reportedly had a good showing at his pro day, the consensus seems to be that Bridgewater did not help himself. Unless something catastrophic happens, the drills at a pro day should have essentially no effect on a player’s draft stock.

Regardless, I like Khalil Mack and think he’s a perfect fit in this defense as a rush linebacker. He fills a need and adds a much needed playmaker on defense.


-Daniel Lago

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  • Bobby Postma

    I agree 100% here. I Was skeptical about him at first to be honest but then I actually went back and watched his tape. He is quick, smart. And can cover. I like him more then clowney. Clowney is just a speed rusher, and you need more then that at this level. Mack can bend, twist, cut, and shift. I like this pick. Maybe we can even trade back up and grab Carr. . What you think?

    • Matt Wells[Herd]

      I think the Jags could possibly trade back a couple spots to get more picks while still drafting Mack. CLE is going after Johny Football and I wouldn’t doubt OAK drafting Watkins.

      • SilenceCS

        I can see a team trading up pretty easily as long as Bortles goes #1. That’s the key, it all hinges on Bortles. If the Texans take Clowney, then everything changes…

      • Conor Cahill

        Seems to me like everyone wants to trade down because they want to collect as many talented guys as possible in such a deep draft. On the flip side, doesn’t seem like many people are willing to trade multiple early round picks in order to move up and take a chance on a possibly better prospect.

        • SilenceCS

          i see your point, but I think that moving even a space would cost at least a 2nd rounder, or a 3 and a 4. That’s quite a bit, plus there is no chance in trading with HOUston. Nobody in our division is going to trade with us.

          • Matt Wells[Herd]

            I wouldn’t count out the Jags making a trade up either. With 11 picks in the draft I could see Caldwell deciding to move up with the later picks.
            Say the Jags trade back with CLEV/OAK or someone else and get one 2nd round pick plus an extra 3rd/4th. Maybe trade a sixth pick plus a 4th to grab another later 2nd round pick or low 3rd. Wouldn’t be a bad plan if someone drops in the draft.

    • Daniel Lago

      Not a big fan of Carr, especially if we trade picks to get him. I’d rather have David Fales or Aaron Murray in the 4th/5th round