Jacksonville Jaguars 2012 Mock NFL Draft: Rounds 2-7 Mock Draft
The Jaguars have already picked Blackmon, and now, they will look to fill more of their many holes on their team.
They are missing solid starters all over the place, and they will also be trying to get depth at positions that may or may not be already filled by decent starters.
Here are my projections for the rest of the Jaguars 2012 NFL draft.
Round 2: Vinny Curry, DE, Marshall
The Jacksonville Jaguars needed to come out of this draft with a superstar wide receiver and a pass-rusher. Adding Justin Blackmon in the first round gives this team a legitimate outside threat and will have the fans pour in.
However, adding Vinny Curry in the second round could be the key of the Jaguars' draft that makes them a legitimate team for the first time in a while.
Curry is an underrated athlete who excels at pressuring the quarterback. However, his real strength is his ability to anticipate the snap and beat the offensive line off the ball. There's no doubt in my mind that Curry will contend for double-digit sacks every season.
The Jaguars defense is very good with the exception of a cornerback (I'll get to that later) and one defensive end spot that hasn't panned out with Derrick Harvey or Aaron Kampman.
He has been rising through draft boards for weeks now, and I think he will finally peak at 38 with the Jags.
Round 3: Chris Polk, RB, Washington
Jacksonville may try to get a star cornerback who will require a big reach. But the smart move would be to pick up another running back who can change the pace of the game with Maurice Jones-Drew.
Chris Polk is a rising prospect and would work hard learning behind a star in MJD. He was a staple of the Washington offense for a few years and is NFL-ready more than any other running back available.
Polk would bring a change of pace to the offense and can also give Jones-Drew a break to rejuvenate and get his energy back. Polk could also be a safety net in the devastating case that Jones-Drew gets injured and the Jaguars need someone to step in.
If the Jags can't get Polk, then they may look at other running backs who are supposed to go near here. Two names that may be discussed are Isaiah Pead and Bernard Pierce. But in the end, Polk will be seen as the best choice here.
Round 5: Lucas Nix, OL, Pittsburgh
The Jaguars need offensive line help to keep Blaine Gabbert up long enough to get the ball to the newly acquired Justin Blackmon.
Nix works hard to keep his quarterback clean but lacks lateral movement to stay outside in the NFL, so he will have to work at that. He anchors well when leaning into defenders and uses effort and length to ride defenders around or through the pocket.
He does bends at the waist and will overextend at times, due to a lack of upper-body and hip flexibility. Stronger defenders can also get under his pads to push him back.
He has his flaws, but in the fifth round, this is a great pick, and the Jags will be receiving a great offensive linemen.
Round 6: Donnie Fletcher, CB, Boston College
This is the cornerback I mentioned earlier that should be picked by Jacksonville if he's available at their pick.
Former Boston College cornerback Donnie Fletcher proved up to the challenge at the combine. Fletcher, who entered his senior season highly regarded by scouts, was shockingly not included among the 36 cornerbacks invited to the combine but got a chance to go later.
He proved his worth there and showed that his stellar senior year wasn't just a fluke. Rashean Mathis is coming off of a major knee injury, so depth is important at cornerback. The Jaguars would be lucky to get a guy like this.
Round 7: Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State
The Jacksonville fans may be dreading this pick, but it's honestly a great final round pick for the Jaguars; the team's still trying to figure out their quarterback dilemma.
Moore is a natural leader and is a proven winner, as seen by his career wins, which are an FBS record. Moore has not been touted as an NFL quarterback, but he could put up a competition with Blaine Gabbert to see who will throw the bombs to Justin Blackmon.
If the Jaguars aren't completely sold on Moore, they could look for another available quarterback, which would probably be Dan Persa or Chandler Harnish.
Moore may not be the prospect like Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III are, but he's a solid player and a good late-round pick.