The 2015 NFL Draft is now only a day away, and it’s time to start really scrutinizing the mock drafts around the web. After all, the point of mock drafts is to get every selection right… right?
The draft “experts” over at NFL.com recently came out with a full 7-round mock draft. Trying to predict all 256 draft picks is pure lunacy, but Lance Zierlein and Chad Reuter decided to go ahead and give it a shot anyway. Here’s the haul the Jacksonville Jaguars ended up with after all was said and done:
"3. Jacksonville Jaguars: Leonard Williams, DL, USCDante Fowler said he would be shocked if he’s not the third pick, but if Leonard Williams is available, all bets are off.36. Jacksonville Jaguars: Cameron Erving, C, Florida StateIf the team likes second-year Luke Bowanko or veteran free-agent signee Stefen Wisniewski in the middle, Erving can shift to right tackle to aid LTLuke Joeckel protect QB Blake Bortles.67. Jacksonville Jaguars: T.J. Yeldon, RB, AlabamaAfter adding an offensive lineman in Round 2, Jacksonville adds another piece to help QB Blake Bortles. Yeldon will be an excellent Yin to Denard Robinson’s Yang in the backfield.Round 4 (103): Frank Clark, OLB, MichiganRound 5 (139): Arie Kouandjio, G, AlabamaRound 6 (180): Charles Gaines, CB, LouisvilleRound 7 (220): Nick Marshall, CB, Auburn"
After the first selection, most of the picks are somewhat questionable. There are plenty of good reasons for the Jaguars to take Leonard Williams, so that selection makes a ton of sense. Taking an interior offensive lineman like Cam Erving with the second pick is extremely odd. The Jaguars just signed free agent Stefan Wisniewski to compete for a starting center/guard spot, and the Jaguars have publicly shown support for Luke Bowanko as someone who can develop into a quality starter. Adding depth to the line is fine, but doing so with a second round pick is a little rich here. Double-dipping on interior lineman in the 5th round makes even less sense.
Additionally, I don’t see the Jaguars spending one pick on a cornerback, let alone two. The Jaguars have at least their top 3 cornerbacks set going into the offseason, and they’ve spent quite a bit of draft capital in the secondary as is. Unless Gaines or Marshall are potential candidates to move to free safety, I don’t see the logic in selecting two corners here.
Overall, this isn’t a terrible draft, but I don’t love it. I expect the real thing to go a little better.
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