Jaguars make unnecessary pick at No. 48 in CBS Sports 2-round NFL Mock draft

• The Jaguars get a stud in Round 1 but made a puzzling pick in CBS Sports' latest NFL Mock Draft.

Jan 9, 2023; Inglewood, CA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs defensive back Javon Bullard (22) celebrates after
Jan 9, 2023; Inglewood, CA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs defensive back Javon Bullard (22) celebrates after / Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars will need to get wide receiver help if they let Calvin Ridley walk in free agency. On the other hand, their safety room could use some help but isn't probably among their top priorities this offseason. Nevertheless, the Jags address both positions in CBS Sports' latest two-round mock draft.

Ryan Wilson and Rick Spielman mocked the first two rounds of the draft and had Jacksonville going with Rome Odunze at No. 17, and Javon Bullard at No. 48. The first selection would make sense if the Jags are looking for Ridley's replacement. Throughout draft season, they've been seen as a potential landing spot for the Washington product, along with fellow wideouts Keon Coleman and Brian Thomas Jr.

Regarding Odunze, Spielman says he doesn't believe he would still be available at No. 17, noting that Trevor Lawrence would need playmakers if Ridley leaves in free agency. While the 2022 First Team All-Pac 12 doesn't have elite speed or burst when changing directions, he's got a great catch radius and excels at coming down with contested catches. Derrick Klassen of the Bleacher Report Scouting department calls him a "reliable route-runner with good size and an accuracy-erasing catch radius.

Although Spielman and Wilson don't share their reasoning for having the Javon Bullard pick, it's understandable when you consider that he was one of the top safeties in the country the past two years. The former Alabama standout has the athleticism to play man or zone coverage.

On top of that, Bullard excels at recognizing plays and tracking the ball. However, he doesn't have ideal recovery speed and can be at times an inconsistent tackler. Nevertheless, the 2023 All-SEC Second Team has the tools to play in the NFL at a high level.

Rome Odunze makes sense for the Jaguars, Javon Bullard in Round 2 not so much

Rome Odunze is one of the top receivers of this year's draft and would be an enticing option to replace Calvin Ridley if he were available at No. 17. Then again, the Jaguars may want to address another position, maybe cornerback or defensive tackle if Ridley returns in 2024. On the other hand, it would be a bit odd to see the Jaguars take Javon Bullard in the second round. Not because he's a bad player. He isn't, but because safety isn't a need this offseason.

There's a chance veteran Rayshawn Jenkins will be a cap casualty this offseason, but if the team's brass move on from him, they can move sophomore Antonio Johnson to safety, his natural position. Last year, Johnson mostly lined up at nickel, supplanting incumbent Tre Herndon. Unless he stays in the slot and Jenkins is gone, it would make sense for the Jags to draft Bullard in the second round. Having said that, he would be a value pick if he fell to Round 3.

The bottom line is that Rome Odunze would be an option if the Jacksonville Jaguars are unable to re-sign Calvin Ridley. Meanwhile, Javon Bullard would be a bit of an unnecessary luxury in Round 2 when you take into account that they might have more pressing needs to take care of.

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