A Different Take on the Jaguars Mock Draft


Most mock drafts are done “in the moment,” which at this time means before free-agency and immediately after the combine. I want to be a little different (hopefully different doesn’t mean stupider) by jumping ahead a bit and prognosticating the draft based on what will hopefully happen with the Jaguars in free-agency.

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We all know Gene Smith’s draft philosophy – fill holes in free-agency and draft the best available player in April. So let’s temporarily accept the following fantasy:

The Jaguars (to a certain extent) fill their three most pressing needs in free-agency: wide receiver, cornerback, and defensive end. For the purposes of this mock, let’s be really optimistic but realistic. Let’s say the Jaguars go all out to sign Mario Williams at DE and are low key with wide receiver and cornerback by signing Josh Morgan (WR), Reggie Wayne (WR) and Terrell Thomas (CB).  How fortunate, right? So now we can draft purely on value and BAP. Here we go (copyright Bud Light).

1Indianapolis ColtsAndrew LuckQBStanford
2Cleveland BrownsRobert Griffin IIIQBBaylorTrade #4 and #22 to St. Louis for #2
3Minnesota VikingsMatt KalilOTUSC
4St. Louis RamsJustin BlackmonWROk. StateTrade #2 to Cleveland for #4 and #22
5Tampa Bay BuccaneersMorris ClaiborneCBLSU
6Washington RedskinsRyan TannehillQBTexas A&M
7Cincinnati BengalsTrent RichardsonRBAlabamaTraded #17 and #21 to Jacksonville for #7 and 4th round pick
8Miami DolphinsQuinton CoplesDENorth Carolina
9Carolina PanthersDontari PoeDTMemphis
10Buffalo BillsMelvin IngramDESouth Carolina
11Kansas City ChiefsRiley ReiffOTIowa
12Seattle SeahawksMichael BrockersDTLSU
13Arizona CardinalsJonathan MartinOLStanford
14Dallas CowboysDre KirkpatrickCBAlabama
15Philadelphia EaglesCourtney UpshawDEAlabama
16New York JetsLuke KuechlyLBBoston College
17Jacksonville JaguarsWhitney MercilusDEIllinoisTraded #7 and 4th round pick to Bengals for for #17 and #21
18San Diego ChargersMichael FloydWRNotre Dame
19Chicago BearsKendall WrightWRBaylor
20Tennessee TitansDevon StillDTPenn State
21Jacksonville JaguarsStephen HillWRGeorgia TechTraded #7 and 4th round pick to Bengals for for #17 and #21
22St. Louis RamsCordy GlennOLGeorgiaTrade #2 to Cleveland for #4 and #22
23Detroit LionsJanoris JenkinsCBNorth Alabama
24Pittsburgh SteelersDavid DeCastroOGStanford
25Denver BroncosFletcher CoxDTMississippi State
26Houston TexansJared CrickDLNebraska
27New England PatriotsDon’t’a HightowerLBAlabamaFrom New Orleans Saints
28Green Bay PackersDavid WilsonRBVirginia Tech
29Baltimore RavensMike AdamsOLOhio State
30San Francisco 49ersJosh RobinsonCBUCF
31New England PatriotsMark BarronSAlabama
32New York GiantsJerel WorthyDTMichigan State

Whitney Mercilus was ‘merciless’ when rushing the quarterback last season. Eh, eh?

Sorry guys, you know what you’re getting when you read my stuff.


So let’s analyze the three main components of this draft for the Jaguars – the trade and the two picks.

Why would Cincinnati trade up to acquire Trent Richardson? While the popular opinion is that the lack of value at the running back position is driving down Richardson’s stock, he still remains the most talented running back prospect to come out since Adrian Peterson. Most evaluators have him as one of the top 5 overall players in the draft. The Bengals essentially got a free first round pick from Oakland by trading a player that was never going to play for them again, so they could be a little bit more willing to part with the extra pick. Coupling Trent Richardson with Andy Dalton and AJ Green, the Bengals would be set at the three key skill positions on offense for years to come.

For the Jaguars selection at #17, I really wanted to have Luke Kuechly fall past #16, but I doubt the best linebacker in the draft will make it farther than the Jets. So I went with the idea that you can never have too many pass rushers and selected Whitney Mercilus. Mercilus is a pure pass rusher with good athleticism and a high motor. Assuming Mincey doesn’t return to Jacksonville, he’ll be a nice complement to Mario Williams. Even if the Jaguars resign Mincey, a rotation at DE including Mercilus would be formidable. While the Jaguars have a nice choice of receivers available at #17 (our fearless leader, Luke Sims, ran through some of the top receivers in the draft), there should still be a few available at #21 and the second round.

For the selection at #21, I went with what I consider the true meaning of BAP – Best Available Prospect. Stephen Hill is an extremely raw receiver with unlimited upside. I was fortunate enough to see him often at GT and he routinely made high degree-of-difficulty receptions. As Alfie Crow over at Big Cat Country astutely pointed out, he would be a perfect piece of clay for our new, very experienced wide receivers coach Jerry Sullivan to mold.

The reality is that the draft is still over a month away, and there will be significant changes in how some players are viewed by then. I’ll have an updated mock draft in the coming weeks, as I’m sure other writers on B&T will.

– Daniel Lago