September 15, 2012; Louisville, KY USA; North Carolina Tar Heels defensive end Kareem Martin (95) sacks Louisville Cardinals quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) during the second half of play at Papa John
We continue our weekly look at mock drafts around the Fansided network with our friends over at NFL Mocks. The staff over at the site has been conducting a “community” mock draft where the writers alternate selections for each team. They posted the first round a little while back, and they recently continued into the second and third round. Geoff Zlobinsky ended up making all of the picks for the Jaguars, and he took a rather… creative route.
"3. Jacksonville Jaguars: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, LouisvilleGeoff Says: Blaine Gabbert is gone and Chad Henne is the main man for the moment but Teddy Bridgewater is the most pro-ready prospect on the board at quarterback. He’s smart, efficient, calm under pressure and has some good physical traits that can be nurtured. A defensive guy like Gus Bradley will see a lot of Russell Wilson in him."
So far so good, at least from my perspective. With Khalil Mack and Jadeveon Clowney both off the board already, this is pretty much a no-brainer. Bridgewater is the best quarterback prospect in this class and fills the biggest need on the Jaguars’ roster. Now with quarterback settled, David Caldwell can go ahead and address another position of need in the second round.
"39. Jacksonville Jaguars: Zach Mettenberger, QB, LSUGeoff Says: What was he thinking? I’m sure that’s what a lot of Jaguar fans will say. Remember the ownership said the team had plans to take two quarterbacks. By grabbing Bridgewater and Mettenberger in consecutive rounds they add a wealth of talent to the most important position. On top of that, they could easily develop both and flip whomever fails to get the starting job for extra picks down the road. Mettenberger is huge at 6’5″ with an absolute rifle for an arm as well as experience in a pro-style system. It’s a tad aggressive, but Jacksonville can afford it."
Or not. While I understand this is a mock draft, and with so much time left until the actual draft people tend to get a little crazy just to mix things up, this will almost assuredly not happen. While Geoff states that Jacksonville can afford it, I vehemently disagree. The Jaguars have needs at almost every position and there are plenty of players who can contribute still on the board at 39. Xavier Su’a-Filo, Ra’Shede Hageman, Allen Robinson, Jeremiah Attaouchu, Dominique Easley, or Donte Moncrief all would have been immediate upgrades at positions of need on the roster. Not only is taking two quarterbacks in the first round unprecedented, it’s completely irresponsible given the state of the team.
"70. Jacksonville Jaguars: Bishop Sankey, RB, WashingtonGeoff Says: Maurice Jones-Drew is gone. Jacksonville did bring in Toby Gerhart as a replacement but they still need more dynamic ability at the position. Bishop Sankey has it all: agility, speed, surprising power and soft hands to receive out of the backfield."
I don’t have a problem with this selection, but it marks another round where the Jaguars don’t address the offensive or defensive line. Sankey is a nice complement to Gerhart, but he’s a more of a luxury pick at this point.
Again, it’s easy to say this about a mock draft in late March, but this is almost certainly not how it will go down in May.
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