With the 2015 NFL Draft a little over a week away, it’s time to start diving really deep into some mock drafts. While it’s hard enough to try and predict the first 32 picks, some draft analysts/maniacs are brave enough to try and figure out all 7 rounds of the 2015 draft in advance.
While not a full 7-round mock draft, Josh Norris over at Rotoworld did go through the trouble picking all of the Jaguars’ picks in the 2015 NFL Draft in a recent draft needs article. Here’s how it went down:
"Norris’ Mock DraftRound 1 (3): EDGE Vic Beasley, Clemson – Perhaps the best fit in this entire draft. In fact, even if Leonard Williamsis on the board, I think the Jaguars should select Beasley. He might not have the desired wingspan, but he offers a ridiculous first step, upfield explosion and bend to turn the corner. He can feast from the wide Leo alignment and offers a progressing spin counter move.Round 2 (36): RB Jay Ajayi, Boise State – Ajayi is a bit of a conundrum. There are plays where he puts it all together: accelerating through lanes created by the offensive line and then creating yards on his own with agility of power. But other times he hesitates at or behind the line of scrimmage and goes down too easily on first contact. Ajayi is one of the draft’s best receiving backs.Round 3 (67): FS Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Oregon – Many expect IEO to move to free safety in the NFL, and his skills match the conversion. He was too aggressive and bit on underneath routes, which allowed receivers to successfully win downfield. He was also lost in trash when working from the slot. However, Ifo can track sideline to sideline with timing and would be a nice counterpiece to Johnathan Cyprien.Round 4 (103): LB Ben Heeney, Kansas – A personal favorite. Heeney can be very good if given space to operate. Like many linebackers, he struggles when taking on blocks. However, he is a great athlete and hopefully can package that quickness and explosion to work around blocks in an efficient manner, which is not a negative. He also seems comfortable in coverage.Round 5 (139): TE Ben Koyack, Notre Dame – Marcedes Lewis is making a boatload of money this season, and this is his contract year. Julius Thomas does not shine inline, so for 12 personnel, Koyack would be a nice second tight end option. Koyack is also a fine receiver as he was used in an H-back role while Troy Niklas played for Notre Dame.Round 6 (179): EDGE Marcus Rush, Michigan State – It is difficult to find late round rushers with athleticism and arm length. Maybe the Jaguars have one in mind that is not on my radar. Rush does not have the desired wingspan, but can convert speed to power on the edge. Disruption depth is what he offers.Round 7 (220): C/G Dillon Day, Miss State – With Austin Pasztor as edge OL depth, Day could fill the interior OL utility role. He plays with tenacity."
My favorite picks are in the first and third rounds. Vic Beasley is almost an upset pick at this point given how many people are slotting Dante Fowler Jr. there, but I think Beasley is the better fit and the better player. If the Jaguars don’t find a way to move down, I do think they ultimately end up taking Beasley.
In a more creative manner, I applaud taking Ifo Ekpre-Olomu in the third round here. Probably a first round pick at corner if he declared last year, Ekpre-Olomu is likely going to slide some on draft day. His measurables and instincts project perfectly to free safety in the NFL, and the Jaguars could certainly use some help there. The safety class in this years’ draft is extremely weak, and taking a guy like Ekpre-Olomu who could convert from cornerback is the type of savvy move that good GMs make.
What do you think about this 7-round mock? Who’s your favorite pick?
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