We’ve spent some time looking at mock drafts around the internet this offseason, and one of the most prominent names in that respect is ESPN’s Todd McShay. In his recent Mock Draft 4.0 (available for insiders), McShay went two rounds to try and find solutions to multiple spots on different rosters.
McShay has been pretty fluid with some of his player rankings, most noticeably at quarterback. Despite having Teddy Bridgewater as the top guy at quarterback for basically the last year, he moved Blake Bortles up to the top spot on the tails of a “poor” pro day for Teddy.
With that in mind, it’s no surprise that he has the Jaguars passing on a QB at number three overall. Instead he has Jacksonville taking Khalil Mack out of Buffalo.
The likeliest options for the Jaguars in this scenario are Mack, WR Sammy Watkins or QBs Blake Bortles and Johnny Manziel. Jacksonville really needs a QB, but in Mack the Jags would be getting the second-best defensive player in the draft and a guy who could play the “Leo” role in their defense — the weakside edge player (something of a hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker) whose primary task is to disrupt opposing backfields as a pass-rusher and run defender. Mack is a tone-setter and a difference-maker, and he is versatile enough to hold up in pass coverage when asked.
- Todd McShay on Khalil Mack to the Jaguars
McShay doesn’t even list Bridgewater as a possibility, which is a real head-scratcher in my opinion. Still, I can’t really complain about coming away with Mack. He’s a perfect fit as a LEO/OLB and fills a position of need.
After passing on a QB in round one, he has the Jaguars coming back in the second to try and fill the void behind center.
39. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois
I love the match between Garoppolo and the Jaguars here, as they’d be able to develop him behind veteran QB Chad Henne.
I’m not nearly as high on Garoppolo as some other people seem to be – he needs to do a lot of work to clean up his footwork and his pocket presence leaves much to be desired. Analysts seem to be leaning a little too hard on the fact that Dave and his staff coached him at the senior bowl.
In the situation McShay has laid out, I would have probably taken wide receiver Davante Adams in the 2nd round and then looked to get someone like David Fales or Aaron Murray in the 3rd round or later.
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