In preparation for the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft this Thursday night, Fansided is constructing a mock draft using the editors of each of the 32 team-centered NFL blogs.
After Jadeveon Clowney and Khalil Mack went 1 and 2 to the Houston Texans and St. Louis Rams, I was up to bat with the 3rd overall pick for the Jacksonville Jaguars. With Sammy Watkins still on the board, I went ahead and solved the Jaguars’ biggest need.
Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
Selection made by Daniel Lago, Editor of Black and Teal
Here is the analysis on the selection:
A popular pick here is Sammy Watkins, but I’m going do what the Jaguars should do as opposed to what people think they will do.
I have had Bridgewater as the top quarterback for the entire draft process. The Jaguars have a handful of needs, but by far the most dire one is at quarterback. Bridgewater can come in right away and compete with Chad Henne, and he should start at some point if not on opening day.
General manager David Caldwell has talked about a number of traits he looks for in a franchise quarterback and Bridgewater has all of them. Despite all the hits his stock has taken during the draft process, Bridgewater has all the tools be a productive quarterback.
This should come as no surprise if you’ve been following the site for a while now. Regardless of who else is on the board, I think the Jaguars should take Bridgewater. He’s the best quarterback prospect and he should have no problem coming in and beating out Chad Henne for the starting job. Still, I’ll admit this is looking pretty unlikely given what we’re hearing in the media right now. Regardless, this is what I would do if I was making the pick.
You can track the rest of the draft over here at NFL Spin Zone.
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