In a lost season, the Jacksonville Jaguars have forced us to start looking at 2017 mock drafts by early December.
So it’s come to this. With three games left in the regular season, one that can’t end soon enough for the 2-11 Jaguars, it’s time to turn our attention to the 2017 NFL Draft.
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We don’t know who will be making the selections for the Jacksonville Jaguars when the draft comes around next May, but we do know the Jaguars will once again have a top 5 pick (barring an improbable win streak). That means the Jaguars will have yet another chance to draft an impact players, something they have been awful at doing in recent years.
The new front office and coaching staff will sort through the roster and prioritize needs, but the Jaguars could use help everywhere.
In his first mock draft for 2017, Todd McShay decided he wanted to get wacky right away and give the Jaguars a safety with the 3rd overall pick.
"3. Jacksonville JaguarsJamal Adams, S, LSU*Assuming he leaves school early, Adams will be one of the most complete players in this draft. He can stuff the run as an in-the-box safety, he can cover and he’s a great leader to bring into your locker room. The Jaguars need to continue to invest resources in their secondary."
I’m all for replacing Johnathan Cyprien because quite frankly he’s consistently been one of the worst starting safeties since being drafted in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He’s been better this year because he’s been exclusively a box safety, but he still misses too many tackles and he’s about as effective as a terracotta solider in coverage. He needs to go so drafting his replacement is reasonable.
That said, this is too rich for my blood. I don’t know much about Adams, but he has to be a transcendent talent in order for him to be considered this high given the positional value. The Jaguars desperately need a pass rusher and I think that should be prioritized. That or trade down.
Whatever, we’re going to see thousands of these mocks over the next several months anyway.