The Jacksonville Jaguars need immediate impact from a handful of rookies in the 2017 NFL Draft in order to be competitive in 2017.
Here at B&T, we took some quick hits from every contributor to create a community mock draft for the site. Here you can read up to six different options for each round, giving a more comprehensive look at what the Jaguars may do when the first three rounds roll around. The Jaguars hold the fourth, 35th, and 68th picks in the first three rounds.
The top pick, ranked by plurality, will be posted following by others in descending order.
Without further ado, let’s dive into the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft!
Three writers were in favor of Solomon Thomas to the Jaguars.
"This pick is tough, because the Jaguars’ biggest needs don’t line up with the best available players at the top of the draft. So, I believe they take best available player regardless of position here and continue to build a nasty defensive line. The Jaguars just paid Calais Campbell a lot of money and he figures to start at the strong side defensive end position, but there isn’t a lot of depth behind him. Solomon Thomas can play any position on the defensive line and could be the strong side end of the future. – Jacob DeFee"
"Solomon Thomas is a 6’3″ 273-pound defensive end with elite quickeness and a ton of versitility. During his time with the New York Giants, new EVP of football operations Tom Coughlin showed that he loves to stack up on defensive linemen. Even with the addition of Calais Campbell in free agency, selecting Thomas brings in another pass rusher who can set the edge while also providing consistent and disruptive pressure in the backfield in both the passing and running games. Taking Solomon Thomas adds another elite piece to a defensive line that is shaping up to be a monstrous unit in Jacksonville. – Billy Long"
"If the 2016 NFL Draft showed us anything, it’s that a few teams falling in love with some quarterbacks can change everything. The Jaguars were fortunate to see Jalen Ramsey fall to them with the 5th overall pick last year, primarily because the Los Angeles Rams and Philadelphia Eagles felt compelled to move up and select QBs at 1 and 2. This year, the Jaguars probably need a little bit of that same luck to get their hands on Solomon Thomas. With Jonathan Allen likely dropping a bit thanks to some questions about his shoulders, Thomas has become the de facto number two defensive lineman in the draft behind Myles Garrett. While some are hesitant to take Thomas because it’s somewhat of an indictment on Dante Fowler Jr., the Jaguars need pass rushers. Ultimately I think at least one quarterback goes in the top 3 and the Jaguars can nab the Stanford edge rusher. – Daniel Lago"
Two writers want the the Jaguars to bolster the defense with the top safety in the draft.
"The Jags use this pick to continue the run of using the first round to draft defensively. With the departure of Jonathan Cyprian the safety position now lacks talent in depth. Enter Jamal Adams. Arguably the best player at the safety position, Adams would infuse youth and talent to the back half of the Jags secondary. Drafting Adams will add another dangerous dimension to the defense joining Jalen Ramsey and A.J Boyue creating headaches for opposing quarterbacks for years to come. – Warner Flower"
"There’s a good chance Jamal Adams will be gone before the Jaguars pick but if he’s available I think he should be the pick. Adding Adams to an already stacked secondary is a scary thought. Adams could form a formidable partnership with Barry Church, who was recently signed from the Dallas Cowboys. On top of this, the addition of lockdown corner A.J. Bouye and star rookie Jalen Ramsey gives the Jaguars the potential to have one of the best secondaries in the league. I believe Adams has superstar potential. His position drills at the combine were exceptional, and his Pro Day only further cemented his place as the best secondary in this stacked draft. – Owen Nelson"
Lastly, there was only one vote for Leonard Fournette, who is the most popular choice among 74 mock drafts (62.2%) based on analysis work by SB Nation’s Adam Stites.
"Leonard Fournette looks like the real deal at running back. Whether he ends up being a difference maker for 10 years a la Adrian Peterson and completely takes over games or simply delivers a consistent three yards and a cloud of dust more in line with Jerome Bettis, Fournette looks like he has the right skill set for a team to rely on him. The Jags desperately need a reliable running back, especially as they look to win now. – Luke Sims"