Nov 29, 2013; San Jose, CA, USA; Fresno State Bulldogs quarterback Derek Carr (4) looks to throw a pass against the San Jose State Spartans in the second quarter at Spartan Stadium. The Spartans defeated the Bulldogs 62-52. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Jacksonville Jaguars 2014 NFL Mock Draft: Kiper Goes 3 Rounds


Nov 16, 2013; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions wide receiver Allen Robinson (8) lines up on offense against the Purdue Boilermakers during the fourth quarter at Beaver Stadium. Penn State defeated Purdue 45-21. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Over the course of the offseason, we’ve been looking at mock drafts around the FanSided network as well drafts from some of the other networks around the internet. The draftniks over at the worldwide leader are big participants in the mock draft game, and Mel Kiper Jr. recently released a 3-round, “Grade-A” mock draft over at ESPN (for insiders).

Kiper essentially compiled a 3-round mock where he took whatever player presented the best value for each team at the position they were drafting. Here’s what he had slotted for the Jaguars:

Jacksonville Jaguars

Top needs: QB, DE, RT, WR

Round 1 (3) LB Khalil Mack, Buffalo
Round 2 (39) QB Derek Carr, Fresno St.
Round 3 (70) WR Allen Robinson, Penn St.

Analysis: The new leadership group in Jacksonville has done a good job working to retool the roster in terms of overall talent and depth, and if I’m making the pick, I’m not ready yet to go against that philosophy and risk a slow learning curve for one of the quarterbacks just because so many believe I need “identity” at the position. I see the strides made in the second half of last season, and I think my first goal is: “Take a great football player.” That’s Mack, a high-impact pass-rusher and a great player in space. With Mack on board, I like the value proposition of Carr in Round 2. I don’t consider him an immediate starter, but he will compete for it soon, and I feel good about the pick because I didn’t put so much franchise stock into the position in Round 1. I considered a couple tackles at No. 70, but instead add the talented Robinson, who is closer to a first-rounder in most years, and a player who gives me a reliable size element and some field-stretching ability in my passing attack. Don’t forget, the Jags have a trio of fourth-round picks, too.

Kiper and Todd Mcshay both seem to be buying into the idea of the Jaguars passing on a QB at number 3, so taking Khalil Mack isn’t too much of surprise.

While some people might be happy with Derek Carr in the second round, I’m not exactly thrilled about it. In addition to sharing some of the weaknesses of former quarterback Blaine Gabbert, I just don’t think he’s much of an upgrade on Chad Henne at least this season. Carr is a developmental prospect, but I’d rather take a shot on another guy later in the draft. I do like the move to get Allen Robinson in the 3rd round, and he would be a nice complement to Cecil Shorts on the outside.

 

-Daniel Lago

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Tags: 2014 NFL Draft 2014 Nfl Mock Draft Allen Robinson Derek Carr Featured Jacksonville Jaguars Khalil Mack Mel Kiper Jr. Popular

  • Kevin Lurker

    You would love Carr and he won’t be there when you pick 2nd.

    • Daniel Lago

      If he’s not there that’s great, give me Fales/Murray/Boyd over him any day

  • 5150dogfan

    Jacksonville has been extremely quiet about Carr, even the Texans have at least made a comment or two……That could mean one of two things???? Either they are not interested in the slightest or they are using thier expierence at the senior bowl with Carr as a measuring stick to grade other QB’s….If it is the later and someone has just blown them away I would have expected to hear some comments……so far not a whisper…interesting….