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We’re getting closer and closer to the 2015 NFL Draft, so it’s about time to start looking at multi-round mock drafts. The Jaguars addressed a host of needs in free agency, consequently changing their outlook heading into the draft, but the general consensus remains that the team will look for a pass rusher with the third overall pick.
Carl Cockerham over at With the First Pick did just that in his recent two round mock draft. He also slotted the Jaguars an offensive lineman in the second round.
"3. DANTE FOWLER, DE, FloridaThe Jacksonville Jaguars got tight end Julius Thomas to improve their passing game. They reinforced their interior pass rush and got a corner in free agency too. So head coach Gus Bradley gets the best edge-rushing prospect to complete his front-four."
"36. ERECK FLOWERS, OT, MiamiLuke Joekel hasn’t looked good at left tackle and quarterback Blake Bortles needs protection. So the Jaguars take a tackle here in the second round to bring in some competition. The loser can go to the right side and Bortles has his protection."
Dante Fowler Jr. is the easy pick for the Jaguars right now, which probably means he won’t be the pick come draft time. The Jaguars have so many options at pass rusher in the first round, and they haven’t really tipped their hand as to who they prefer right now.
I understand the logic behind snagging a tackle in the second round, and I like Ereck Flowers, but he likely starts the regular season on the bench. Luke Joeckel is the starter at left tackle for the foreseeable future, and the Jaguars just signed Jermey Parnell to a sizeable contract to man the right side. Flowers would provide terrific depth along the line, but he isn’t going to start right away as Cockerham asserts in his explanation.