2 Round Jaguars Mock Draft Using Daniel Jeremiah’s Top 50 Prospects

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Oct 11, 2014; Starkville, MS, USA; Auburn Tigers quarterback Nick Marshall (14) steps out of the pocket and is chased by Mississippi State Bulldogs defensive lineman Preston Smith (91) during the game at Davis Wade Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports

DE. Mississippi State. Preston Smith. 36. player. 52.

While this Jaguars mock draft doesn’t have the team picking up a sexy pass rusher in the first round, the defensive end/OLB position is deep in the 2015 NFL Draft. Preston Smith is a versatile defensive lineman who can play at defensive end or play at defensive tackle. He likely wouldn’t be a dedicated LEO in Gus Bradley’s system but would definitely provide help where needed.

The big man was the fourth fastest defensive lineman in the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine. He was a top performer in a number of other drills, but perhaps most impressive his top time in the three cone drill. This would suggest an ability to improve based on his athleticism, which is important because he doesn’t project well as a 4-3 defensive end.

One of the areas he could improve on is in turning the corner when rushing from the edge. His athleticism should help him and if he is able to be coached then he may be able to grow into the position if the Jaguars were to use him at the LEO or were forced to. Where he could end up helping most would be in stopping the run. He is a sound tackler and would help limit opposing backs from reaching the other levels of the defense. Tackling was a problem last year, so bringing in a sure tackler for 2015 would be helpful.

Overall, Preston Smith has had a strong collegiate career. He led Mississippi State in tackles for a loss (15) and sacks (nine) during his senior year. He finished first team All-SEC. He also led Mississippi State in 2012 with 4.5 sacks. To me, he seems like the kind of guy who could grow to be an impressive player wherever he would line up with the Jags.

Overall, this two-round Jaguars mock draft based on one expert’s top-50 prospects helps the Jaguars both offensively and defensively with quality players. Unfortunately, they aren’t players that would fill a need for the team. The Jaguars really need pass rushing help with a consistent defensive end on the outside. Similarly, they don’t really need a top-flight wide receiver after promising showings from their young players in 2014. If things did work out this way, it would be a bit of a wash.

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