Jan 1, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Central Florida Knights quarterback Blake Bortles celebrates his fourth quarter touchdown against the Baylor Bears during the Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium. Central Florida defeated Baylor 52-42. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
The Jacksonville Jaguars 2013 NFL season has come to a close, but the 2014 season has already started. With the 2014 NFL Draft in May, David Caldwell and his staff have a chance to help this team take a monumental leap forward.
With the season over and the first half of the draft order set, mock drafts have erupted from the depths of the internet and the Fansided network is not immune. Here are a few mock drafts from our sibling Fansided sites and the selections they have for the Jaguars with the third overall pick.
"3. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARSBlake Bortles, quarterback, UCF"
"3. Jacksonville Jaguars: DE Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina GamecocksThe Jags are nowhere near ready to draft another QB and have plenty of holes to fill. They will get lucky with Clowney, probably the most talented player in the draft, falling to them at #3. Besides, the Jags GM said they would build around Blaine Gabbert. I don’t understand it either, but it makes the Clowney pick make even more sense."
"3. Jacksonville Jaguars– Jadeveon Clowney (DE, South Carolina): Despite missing on a chance to draft their franchise QB, the Jags go with and elite defensive prospect in Clowney. Don’t let the media fool you, Clowney is still a freak of a player whose production has been hurt by injuries and teams scheming around stopping him. He can fit into any scheme and a defensive mind like Gus Bradley is going to love Clowney rushing the passer."
I understand some of the reasons for drafting Jadeveon Clowney over a quarterback, but Conor Cahill’s logic is old and incorrect. David Caldwell does not want to build around Blaine Gabbert. Why on earth would they bench Gabbert if he was their quarterback of the future? That’s complete nonsense. The only way the Jaguars take Clowney is if Teddy Bridgewater isn’t available or if Blake Bortles isn’t their guy.
– Daniel Lago
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