Everyone ready for another mock draft? Don’t worry, this one is even better because it’s two rounds.
Brady Lunt over at NFL Mocks has the gall to project two rounds before the Super Bowl is even played and it’s quite a doozy.
Lunt has the Jaguars in a tough spot at number 5 with Joey Bosa and Jalen Ramsey both off the board, but he opts for defensive line help anyway:
"5. DEFOREST BUCKNER DE, OregonThe Jaguars need help on defense and while the secondary would be a nice place to start, the selection of Ramsey makes this difficult to find at #5 overall. Instead, Gus Bradley and Co. decide to add a versatile pass-rusher in DeForest Buckner. Buckner is a relentless rusher and is surprisingly nimble given his size (6’8″, 287 lbs). He would be a welcome sight for this defensive line."
I’m lukewarm at best about Buckner and that might be skewed by the little I’ve seen of him over the course of the last college football season. Even if Buckner is a ‘dude’ as Todd McShay would say, his size projects him to play the “big-end” spot that Jared Odrick was just given a huge contract to hold down. The Jaguars could kick Odrick inside to the 3-technique where he didn’t exactly thrive in Miami and keep Buckner at end, but that seems like a poor use of resources. I’d lean more towards Myles Jack in this situation to add speed and athleticism to the middle of the defense.
In the 2nd round, Lunt has the Jaguars getting somewhat of a steal in Ohio State Cornerback Eli Apple. Considered by most to be the third best cornerback behind Vernon Hargreaves and Mackensi Alexander, Apple is probably going in the first round when it’s all said and done in May. Additionally, I’d be shocked if the Jaguars didn’t add a young corner in free agency (Janoris Jenkins anyone?).
In Lunt’s scenario, Shilique Calhoun, edge rusher from Michigan State, is still available in the 2nd round and would be mighty tempting as a LEO rusher. Ideally the Jaguars would get Jack in the first and Calhoun in the 2nd if things went down the way Lunt lays it in his piece.