Jan 3, 2014; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Clemson Tigers wide receiver Sammy Watkins (2) is tackled by Ohio State Buckeyes cornerback Armani Reeves (26) during their game in the 2014 Orange Bowl college football game at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Jacksonville Jaguars 2014 NFL Draft: McShay Settles on Wide Receiver for Jaguars


Oct 25, 2012; Winston Salem, NC, USA; Clemson Tigers wide receiver Sammy Watkins (2) lines up against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons during the third quarter at BB&T field. Clemson defeated Wake 42-13. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

With a little over a week to go until the 2014 NFL Draft, some of the selections in the top 5 are becoming more and more familiar. Draftniks are still trying to find ways to mix it up here and there, but the same 3 or 4 names continue to be rotated at the top.

Todd McShay recently released his 5.0 mock draft and he’s sticking to his guns for the most part. Like a lot of people around the web, he is sending Jadeveon Clowney to the Houston Texans and Greg Robinson to the St. Louis Rams at 1 and 2 respectively. Consequently, he chooses Sammy Watkins over Khalil Mack for the Jaguars.

Analysis: The Jaguars are another team that needs a quarterback, and it’s certainly possible that they could go in that direction here. Khalil Mack also makes a lot of sense as a guy who could fill the “Leo” role in the Jags’ defense. But Jacksonville has a need at receiver because of the uncertainty surrounding Justin Blackmon, and Watkins brings very good speed, acceleration, competitiveness and run-after-catch ability to the position.

- Todd McShay

I’ve been pretty consistent about wanting Teddy Bridgewater at number 3 overall, but pretty much nobody thinks it is a possibility at this point. With such a deep receiver class in this draft, I’m not as set on taking Watkins with the third overall pick as other people seem to be. There should be a handful of good receivers available at the top of the 2nd round and probably the 3rd as well.

 

-Daniel Lago

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