Jaguars Go Defense in Local Media Mock Draft
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With only one game left in the 2014-2015 rendition of the NFL, it’s time for all the teams eliminated from postseason play to look forward. The Jaguars have been in offseason mode for a few weeks now and we’ve already taken a look at a handful of mock drafts. It’s way too early to say anything definitive about who the Jaguars will take with the third overall pick, but speculating is perfectly fine… and fun?
Someone who I’m going to follow closely is Hays Carlyon over at the Florida Times-Union. Why? Well, he was one of the few people who mocked Blake Bortles to the Jaguars at number 3 overall last year. Whether it was pure luck or some insider information, getting that pick right gave him a lot of credibility in my book.
In his first mock draft for the 2015 NFL Draft, Carlyon is going chalk and giving the Jaguars the same guy almost everyone else is – Leonard Williams out of USC.
"DL Leonard Williams, USCComment: Williams (6-5, 300) is the draft’s top player, who can be a factor at tackle or end because of his combination of quickness and strength. He has the potential to allow a creative defensive coach flexibility to move him around to exploit matchups as Houston does with J.J. Watt. Williams also doesn’t turn 21 until June, so he’s not close to hitting his athletic peak."
We’ll know a lot more about which direction the Jaguars are headed after the free agency period, but right now Leonard is absolutely the frontrunner. He’s a perfect fit in a defensive line that is in desperate need of youth. The unfortunate thing for the Jaguars is they sit at number 3, so they need the first two picks to be quarterbacks if they want Williams.