In a dueling mock draft, Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr. disagree on who the Jacksonville Jaguars should take at number 4.
Mock draft season has already worn me out, but there’s no stopping the industrial draft complex this time of year. Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr. over at ESPN live for draft season and they are working at a fever pitch as we shoot towards the 2017 NFL Draft.
As has become a yearly tradition, the two draft gurus collaborated for a “dueling” mock draft recently, each posting their selections along side one another. For the Jacksonville Jaguars, the two analysts differed but they didn’t bring up any surprising names:
"Kiper: Jonathan Allen, DL, AlabamaThe Jaguars are trying to be competitive, and I don’t think they’re giving up on Blake Bortles yet. And Todd’s absolutely right about Allen, who would probably slot in at defensive tackle next to 2016 big-money signing Malik Jackson. Let Allen get after quarterbacks and disrupt running games.McShay: Leonard Fournette, RB, LSUThe Jaguars could easily go with LSU safety Jamal Adams here, but they’ve spent loads of draft capital and free-agent money on their defense in recent years and need more offensive playmakers. Enter Fournette, who would give Jacksonville instant stability at running back. He has a rare combination of size (240 pounds), speed (4.51 40) and power."
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There isn’t too much to breakdown here, as McShay and Kiper chose the two guys that are most likely to get taken at 4. Unless someone like Solomon Thomas slips or one of the top 3 teams panics and selects a quarterback, the Jaguars are guaranteed one of Allen and Fournette. At that point, it’s just up to the front office to decide what direction they want this team to go.
Interestingly enough, both Allen and Fournette signal some type of influence from Tom Coughlin. The former New York Giants head coach has shown a penchant for both positions in the draft, loading up the defensive line on his Super Bowl teams and opting for bigger running backs in the draft.