We know we’ve had a dire lack of mock drafts around here in recent weeks, but thankfully Todd McShay over at ESPN has filled the void with his 2nd mock draft of the season. The last mock McShay did was in December when the draft order was quite different (the Jacksonville Jaguars were slated to pick 9th before they decided to lose their last 3 games of the season) but most of the names are familiar.
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With the 5th pick,
– sends Jalen Ramsey to the Jaguars.
"5. Jacksonville Jaguars (5-11)Jalen Ramsey, CB, Florida State SeminolesFor a team looking to improve on defense, this would be an ideal scenario. Ramsey is the No. 2 overall player on our board, thanks to his versatility in the secondary (he can play corner or safety at the next level), along with his incredible athleticism. He isn’t the best pure man-to-man cover CB in this class (that distinction belongs to Vernon Hargreaves III), but Ramsey is the best all-around player among the secondary crop."
This makes sense and there’s no real reason to dive into the logic of Ramsey on the Jaguars, but McShay’s draft is notable for another reason. In this iteration, McShay has 2 quarterbacks going in the top 4 – Jared Goff to the Cleveland Browns at number 2 and Carson Wentz to the Dallas Cowboys at number 4. There has been a decent bit of buzz about Wentz shooting up draft boards on the strength of a great week of practice at the Senior Bowl, but it’s still quite a leap to assume the Cowboys are going to pick a quarterback of the future when they are still in the midst of a championship window with Tony Romo.
Regardless of who makes the selections, two quarterbacks going in the top 4 is the ideal scenario for the Jaguars. It virtually guarantees either Ramsey or Joey Bosa will be available to them. The ideal, or maybe not ideal, scenario is both defensive studs making it to number 5, leaving general manager David Caldwell with an extremely tough decision to make.