With the 2016 offseason in full swing, you better get used to seeing a steady stream of mock drafts. Rife with high-level discussion, these mock drafts are useless for the most part, considering free agency can and will change the entire landscape of the draft and who teams will target in the first round.
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All that said, nothing gets us quite riled up like a mock draft by a prominent writer. Chris Burke over at SI is one of the best in the business and
. Burke is well aware of the problems the Jaguars had on defense last year and he very logically goes for a top defender with the 5th pick:
"5. JOEY BOSA, DL, Ohio State"
"Strange things happen every year at the draft, but this is about as low as I can envision Bosa falling. Any of the current top four could fit him in as a defensive starter, which says something for his talent. Bosa doesn’t necessarily fit the mold of an NFL pass-rushing DE nor of a dominant interior lineman, but he bridges the gap to create a potential All-Pro."
Burke has a bit of a twist in his mock, with Jalen Ramsey going to the San Diego Chargers at number 3 and Myles Jack going to the Dallas Cowboys at number 4. There has been some buzz about Bosa having a ceiling as a pass rusher, but the idea of him being the third defender off the board seems like a bit of a reach. That can certainly change though over the course of the draft process, especially if other prospects shine in the combine and with their measurables.
Without the benefit of foresight into free agency, Burke decides to stick to defense in the second round in an attempt to shore up the secondary:
"38. VONN BELL, S, Ohio StateBell would give Gus Bradley yet another piece, adding him to earlier pick Joey Bosa and 2015 first-rounder Dante Fowler. He’ll be a handful for NFL receivers and tight ends."
I don’t know too much about Bell, but the Jaguars need an upgrade at both safety positions. With the free safety spot a disaster and Johnathan Cyprien failing to develop, Bell would start right away.