Nov 17, 2012; Charleston, SC, USA; Clemson Tigers wide receiver Sammy Watkins (2) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the second quarter against the NC State Wolfpack at Clemson Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

Jacksonville Jaguars 2014 NFL Draft: Kiper Gives the Jaguars a QB in 2nd Round

Dec 13, 2013; Charleston, IL, USA; Eastern Illinois Panthers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) during the game against the Towson Tigers at O

It’s mid-April and we are still 3 weeks away from the 2014 NFL Draft, which means we still have plenty of time to read mock drafts. Today we take a look at our favorite talking head over at ESPN, Mel Kiper Jr., and his latest mock draft. It’s his 4th rendition this offseason (available for insiders) and he decided to go two full rounds.

The latest trend in mock drafts is to have the quarterbacks slip a bit, and boy did he take that to heart.

With the third overall pick, he has the Jacksonville Jaguars taking what he considers the best available player in wide receiver Sammy Watkins.

The temptation to take a quarterback here may exist, but I look at the trajectory of this organization, both in performance and in personnel development, and I believe the Jaguars will look to take the best player available here, and in Watkins, they also add a dynamic talent at a position of need. Given the uncertain future of Justin Blackmon, the top two wide receivers on the roster are Cecil Shorts and Ace Sanders. Neither has the upside of Watkins, who will make the QB — whoever that ends up being — better.

- Mel Kiper on Jaguars pick of Sammy Watkins

In this situation, the Jaguars would be choosing between Watkins, Khalil Mack, and all of the quarterbacks. While I personally am still pushing for Teddy Bridgewater at number 3, I wouldn’t be upset about ending up with Watkins. He’s the consensus top receiver in a draft loaded with talent at that position.

With their second round pick at 39th overall, Kiper has the Jaguars selecting a quarterback – Jimmy Garoppolo out of Eastern Illinois.

The Jags don’t reach for a QB at No. 3 and then get a potential starter at this point. Garoppolo isn’t an immediate starter for a team that wants to take the step the Jags do, but he can get there and be the answer.

- Kiper on Garoppolo to the Jaguars

First off, his comment about reaching for a QB at 3 is made ironic very quickly since I think the second round is way too early to take a project like Jimmy Garoppolo. He has a host of issues that may not be fixable, not including the transition he’ll need to make from his level of competition in college. Second, the order he has the quarterbacks going is sheer insanity in my opinion.

Kiper has Bridgewater falling to the second round, after Derek Carr is chosen in the first round. I can’t honestly believe NFL teams are that stupid. But what do I know.


-Daniel Lago

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  • Bobby Postma

    I don’t mind the Watkins pick. He can replace Justin Blackmon and if Blackmon does come Back then we will have the best WR tandem in the game but I do agree with you on jimmy being a reach in round 2. If Bridgewater or any of the other QBs fall late in the first round then maybe trade up to get him. But I’m happy to grab either Watkins or Mack early. If all else fails wait til the 3rd and grab aaron Murray or AJ

    • Daniel Lago

      Yeah I can’t believe that come May 8th Teddy won’t be a first round pick. But Watkins is a good pick since they really are moving forward under the assumption Blackmon isn’t on the team.

      • Bobby Postma

        But can you imagine what we would do if we had Blackmon and Watkins? Lol unstoppable. With those 2 WRS, along with ace sanders and Cecil shorts, I might have to try out for QB cuz they will make anyone look good

  • Hitman Hayes

    What host of issues that may not be fixable when you talk about Garoppolo? I agree with Watkins or Mack being our pick. Yes, 2nd round may be to high for a project QB. Hope a good DE is available. I do believe the Jags will select the BPA. As always, “In Gus we TRUST”.

    • Daniel Lago

      Garoppolo has MAJOR issues in the pocket reacting to pressure (i.e.

      If a quarterback can’t function in the pocket and handle pressure, that supersedes any other concerns or positives about his game. We just had a top ten QB in Jacksonville with similar issues and he got worse over the course of 3 seasons.

      BPA is kind of a myth in the first 2 or 3 rounds, teams definitely target positions early on. We’re going to take some flavor of Mack/Watkins/QB at number 3 because they are all positions of need.