Jaguars mock drafts abound right now, but we often find ourselves turning to the NFL experts who get paid far more than you and I to guess incorrectly each year.
Daniel Jeremiah over at NFL.com has put together his top-50 prospects for the 2015 NFL Draft and we’ll be using that to put together a short two-round mock draft for the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jaguars currently have pick three and pick 36 in the 2015 NFL Draft, so for this Jaguars mock draft, we’ll simply take the players ranked by Jeremiah to those spots.
Obviously things don’t follow any given expert’s big board in each draft, it is interesting to see how things would work out.
So, let’s get to the picks.
Feb 21, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver Amari Cooper runs the 40 yard dash during the 2015 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
We’ve analyzed how good Amari Cooper is ad nauseam this offseason. More accurately, everyone has including the guys over at Football Outsiders thinking he’s head and shoulders better than the other wide receivers in the 2015 NFL Draft.
Cooper, the Biletnikoff winner in 2014, would come to Jacksonville with two 1000 yard seasons under his belt and a ridiculously impressive junior season of over 1700 yards, 124 receptions, and 16 touchdowns. An excellent route runner, he would immediately help the Jacksonville Jaguars’ receiving corps. The Jags’ offense is expected to take a step forward in 2015, but with Cooper’s addition the team would leap forward.
The Jaguars have focused on giving quarterback Blake Bortles more weapons this offseason and Cooper would be the cherry on top of an impressive free agency period. He would join 2012 Biletnikoff winner Marqise Lee and if Justin Blackmon returns the team will have three of the last four winners of that award that belongs to the best receiver in college football. Add on Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns and the Jaguars’ receiving corps would be formidable and dependable for Blake Bortles.
The big draw for the Jaguars would be Cooper’s reliability. He is a reliable target – unlike the receivers were last year – with crisp routes and would instantly be able to be a primary receiving option. Allen Robinson was turning into that last season but was hampered by injury. Lee and Hurns both need to work on being more consistent. Bringing in another young player that is more reliable would be powerful for the offense.
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