Jan 3, 2014; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Clemson Tigers wide receiver Sammy Watkins (2) runs against Ohio State Buckeyes during the second half in the 2014 Orange Bowl college football game at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Jacksonville Jaguars 2014 NFL Draft: Kiper Passes on a Quarterback for Jaguars


Oct 25, 2012; Winston Salem, NC, USA Clemson Tigers wide receiver Sammy Watkins (2) runs after catching a pass during the first quarter against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at BB&T field. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

The 2014 NFL Draft is in a little over a week and mock drafts around the internet are starting to look the same near the top. Mel Kiper Jr. is already on his fifth official mock draft, posted over at ESPN for insiders. Like his counterpart Todd McShay, Kiper has the Houston Texans selecting Jadeveon Clowney and the St. Louis Rams taking Greg Robinson at first and second overall. Also similar to McShay, Kiper selects Sammy Wakins instead of Khalil Mack or a quarterback at number 3 for the Jaguars.

Analysis: First of all, the Jags will deserve absolutely no heat if they don’t take a quarterback here. There’s just not enough certainty at that position anywhere in the rookie class to make it imperative to get one at this point. Secondly, even if it seemed like less of a risk, I’m not sure the Jags would do it. I really think they will take the best player at what is probably at least a minor position of need, and I like the Watkins fit. Watkins gives them a dynamic talent, a player who really can help a quarterback, and, given the uncertain future of Justin Blackmon, the depth chart could use Watkins’ size and speed combination.

- Mel Kiper Jr.

I don’t really buy the explanation for this pick, especially since he has Johnny Manziel slated to the Cleveland Browns with the following selection. While Sammy Watkins is unanimously considered the top receiver in this class, quarterback is a significantly higher priority for the Jaguars. If Manziel is worth the 4th pick, he is worth the 3rd pick.


-Daniel Lago

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  • 65yt

    Jax is hurting bad at QB, I’d be surprised if they go WR. Who is gonna throw to him? And who is going to protect that thrower? Two more important roles to address, I think.
    I guess Watkins can wait a year or two to shine.

  • Bobby Postma

    I actually like this pick. I think they should take Watkins then trade back up in the first round and grab someone like teddy bridgewater or Derek Carr. Can you imagine the team with Watkins, shorts, Sanders and possibly Blackmon? Put Blackmon and Watkins together and don’t matter who is playing QB.. Can’t double both of them and shorts

    • Daniel Lago

      Anything we get out of Blackmon is just a plus at this point, but they would make a potent combo. I think you’re taking a big risk on planning to trade back into the first for a QB.

      • Matt Hoffman

        I would add that if you’re willing to give up a number of picks to move back into the 1st round and grab a QB, you might as well just draft him at 3.

  • Hitman Hayes

    I do like the pick but don’t think that will be the case. I believe the new regime will select an offensive lineman. An OL would sure up the line for years to come, protect the QB, and help with the run game. I would LOVE Watkins or Mack. Next year the Jags would be able to select a sexy pick like Watkins.

    • Daniel Lago

      I would be shocked if they picked one of the tackles at 3. It would be borderline irresponsible to do it a second year in a row when you can upgrade other positions with players just as talented. It’s probably Watkins or Mack at this point if we believe everything that’s out there.

      • Hitman Hayes

        Did you see them taking one of the OL last year? Like most of us, we thought a DE was the pick. Again, this new regime is different. They said it in the beginning, “It will take several years to rebuild the team.” Would love to see Watkins in a Jags uniform.

        • Daniel Lago

          That’s true, but everyone started to accept it was probably going to be a tackle a few days before the draft. Last year they also had a dire need at right tackle, so there was at least some logic to it, and in retrospect they really drafted Joeckel to be a left tackle since they weren’t planning on keeping Monroe. There’s no intention of getting rid of Joeckel, and they have a competent right tackle for the time being. There really is no sense in taking a right tackle at number 3 this year with all the options available to them.