Sep 28, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Bulls linebacker Khalil Mack (46) rushes past Connecticut Huskies tight end Sean McQuillan (49) at University of Buffalo Stadium. Buffalo beat Connecticut 41-12. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Jacksonville Jaguars 2014 NFL Draft: McShay Finds the “Best” Player for Jags

Nov 12, 2013; Toledo, OH, USA; Buffalo Bulls linebacker Khalil Mack (46) hits his chest during the third quarter against the Toledo Rockets at Glass Bowl. The Rockets beat the Bulls 51-41. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

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.


-Daniel Lago

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  • Chris Osborne

    How about get Mack or Clowney at 3 and trade back in to the 1st for Bridgewater say around 20…. that would work for me. We’d get a 10 year phenom on defense and our franchise QB.

    • Matt Wells[Herd]

      Agreed. I wouldn’t be shocked ot see Manziel drop either.

    • Matthew

      wishful thinking or reality? the jags aren’t most likely trading back into the first round. who knows what any team would be willing to do, but i don’t see them trading first or second round picks to move up. caldwell is smart. there’s too much value in top picks in today’s nfl landscape.

    • Daniel Lago

      That would be ideal, but it’s so hard to predict with quarterbacks. You have to basically roll the dice and hope he falls to a reasonable spot. If you think he’s a franchise guy, don’t risk losing out on him.

  • Bobby Postma

    Disagree. ….. I like his take on it. … Take khalil Mack and A QB in the second round or trade back up into the first and grab one

    • Daniel Lago

      Trading back up requires a partner and a willingness to give up picks. And some luck. If Caldwell can somehow trade back into the first and get Teddy that’s great, but I think it’s a long shot.

      • Chris Osborne

        Patriots are always willing to move around. With 11 picks total the Jags could easily make the move. Seattle is missing a few picks also and wouldn’t drop too far in the trade. You have to get before Cleveland and Oakland in round 2. Cleveland I think will take Bortles or Manziel at 26.

        • Daniel Lago

          Yeah you pointed out the big issue – there are so many teams picking ahead of Jacksonville in the second round who need a QB. They do need to make a move if a QB they like falls, but they can’t give up too much.

          • Bobby Postma

            Either way the Draft needs to hurry up and get here cuz these extra 2 weeks are killing me