The Jacksonville Jaguars received the dubious honor coaching the Senior Bowl for the 3rd straight season and, while the fact they have been bad enough to warrant those 3 opportunities is disappointing, it is a chance for them to get some extra intel on the top seniors heading into the 2016 NFL Draft.
The Jaguars have found some gems in the later rounds thanks to the Senior Bowl (Brandon Linder and Telvin Smith topping the list) and there are handful of guys to keep an eye on heading into Saturday’s game.
The Senior Bowl also presents another opportunity for draftniks to compose mock drafts. Chad Reuter over at NFL.com is apparently a lunatic and put together a 4-round (!) mock draft in honor of the Senior Bowl festivities.
In the first round, he has the Jaguars going after a very familiar name:
"5. Jacksonville Jaguars"
"Jalen Ramsey – CB, Florida State"
"Play Jalen Ramsey at corner, play him at safety … he’ll make an impact in either spot."
Most people would see this is a homerun, slamdunk pick if Ramsey is on the board. Well, in Reuters mock he has Joey Bosa falling to the 5th pick as well. If Bosa and Ramsey are both on the board for the Jaguars at number 5, I don’t think they are running to the podium with Ramsey’s name on the card. They will absolutely think long and hard about Bosa. I personally would take the pass rusher, but general manager David Caldwell’s recent comments about the difficulty of finding a true free safety make me think they would lean towards Ramsey, with the caveat that they haven’t addressed free safety in free agency.
The rest of the draft is curious to put it politely. In the second and third round, Reuters does something the Jaguars absolutely won’t do – take back-to-back offensive players.
"39. Jacksonville Jaguars: Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama"
"70. Jacksonville Jaguars: Austin Hooper, TE, Stanford"
The Jaguars could use another interior lineman, but there’s no way they invest a 2nd round pick in a center unless he’s a top-tier prospect. The same goes for tight end, especially considering the team wants to bring back Marcedes Lewis on a cap-friendly deal. Reuter leaves guys like Emmanuel Ogbah and Shilique Calhoun both on the board, two guys who would immediately bolster the pass rush. This scenario is nonsense.
In the fourth round, Reuters gets back on track and goes defense.
"101. Jacksonville Jaguars: Eric Striker, OLB, Oklahoma"
I don’t know much about Striker, but the Jaguars need youth and talent at linebacker. They probably won’t wait until the 4th round to address such a strong need.