There are still two weeks until the 2014 NFL draft, which leaves plenty of time for draftniks to come up with more fun and creative ways to construct mock drafts.
Today we take a look at Todd McShay over at ESPN and an exercise similar to Mel Kiper Jr.’s “Grade A” draft. McShay did a mock draft where he made his selections as if he were the general manager of each team. After sending Jadeveon Clowney the Houston Texans and Greg Robinson to the St. Louis Rams, he thinks the player that would help the Jaguars the most is Khalil Mack out of Buffalo.
What I said about the Texans related to the QB prospects is true for the Jags as well: I don’t have high-enough grades on any of the top three quarterbacks to take them over one of this draft’s four elite talents in Mack. Moreover, Mack provides a good fit in Gus Bradley’s defensive scheme in the “Leo” role — a hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker whose primary responsibility is to rush the passer. Mack is an excellent athlete with outstanding upper-body strength and very good closing burst, and his versatility to hold up in run defense and pass coverage adds to his value.
- Todd McShay on giving the Jaguars Khalil Mack
It’s hard to complain about getting Khalil Mack, but I will stay committed to my stance on Teddy Bridgewater. He’s a franchise quarterback who won’t be available in the 2nd round, so take him at 3. I don’t care if taking him will net a ‘B’ or ‘C’ grade from a guy like Todd McShay – the Jaguars will not be a serious contender without a legitimate quarterback and Teddy has a great chance to be that guy.
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