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.
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