Jacksonville Jaguars Mock Draft: 7-Round Predictions, Post-Scouting Combine
The 2013 NFL Combine is in the rear-view mirror, and the results paint a clearer picture on who the Jacksonville Jaguars might take in the NFL draft.
Some players improved their draft stock with a good showing, while other players hurt their position due to a poor one. The Jaguars have to be careful not to put all their stock in the combine workouts, but it should allow general manager to solidify his opinion on players.
Caldwell has expressed his draft plan (per John Oehser of jaguars.com), and said he will focus on need.
Jacksonville needs help at almost every position, but its biggest areas of need are on the offensive and defensive lines and cornerback. Those positions will most likely be the focal point in the early rounds of April's draft.
All combine results and player information is from NFL.com unless otherwise sourced.
Round 1: Barkevious Mingo, Defensive End, LSU
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The Jaguars' biggest need heading into the draft is to find a dominant pass-rusher after finishing with a league-worst 20 sacks last season.
Although trading down in the first round would be ideal, it would take another team willing to trade up to make it possible. If the Jaguars can't trade down, LSU's Barkevious Mingo would be a player who would improve the pass-rush.
Mingo would be a perfect fit for the LEO position in Gus Bradley's defense. The LEO is designed for an explosive pass-rusher who can line up either standing up or with his hand on the ground. Bradley said he looks for someone with "good speed" (per Matt Rybaltowski of CBSSports.com) to fill the role, and Mingo is more than fast enough.
He showed off his freakish speed and athleticism at the combine. Mingo had the fastest three cone drill (6.84) and longest broad jump (10'8") among defensive linemen. He also had the second-fastest 40-yard dash (4.58) and second-best vertical (37") among linemen.
Mingo doesn't just have the speed Bradley values in an LEO player, but at 6'4" and 241 pounds, he also has the size the head coach looks for (via Alfie Crow of Big Cat Country).
Mingo's skills are tailor-made for the LEO position, and the Jaguars could solve their pass-rushing woes by drafting him No. 2.
Round 2: Johnthan Banks, Cornerback, Mississippi State
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Cornerback is another position the Jaguars need to address in the draft.
Both Derek Cox and Rashean Mathis have expiring contracts, which could leave Jacksonville extremely thin at the position. The Jaguars will need to find a young cornerback in the draft, which is loaded with talented players at the position.
Mississippi State's Johnthan Banks would be a great pick to fill the need at cornerback.
Banks had a disappointing combine, which might cost him to fall out of the first round.
He had a slow 40-yard dash (4.61) and teams might not think he has the speed to cover NFL receivers. He also failed to impress in other drills, which hurt his draft stock.
Banks was considered a borderline first-round pick, and his poor showing at the combine solidified him as a second-rounder. Even with the bad combine, Banks has a ton of talent and the Jaguars should jump on him if he does fall to No. 33.
His style of play matches what the Jaguars secondary will be asked to do next season. His lack of speed won't hurt him as much for Jacksonville as it would for other teams because he will be asked to play press coverage and cover the underneath receiver.
At 6'2", Banks also has the size Bradley looks for in cornerbacks.
Banks' bad combine performance could benefit the Jaguars, as they could get an immediate starting cornerback at the top of the second round.
Round 3: Terron Armstead, Offensive Tackle, Arkansas Pine-Bluff
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The Jaguars offensive line was horrible in 2012, and much of the blame could be placed on the abysmal right tackle play.
GM Caldwell has to bring in some fresh talent at the position, and Arkansas Pine-Bluff's Terron Armstead would be a very good addition in the third round.
Armstead is one of the fastest-rising players up draft boards this offseason, and it's easy to see why: He possesses tremendous athleticism for a man his size.
He set a new offensive lineman combine record with a 4.71 second 40-yard dash. Armstead was also among the best in the vertical jump (34.5") and the broad jump (9'4").
Although he won't be asked to do any of these things during games, they show his explosiveness and agility. Both of those attributes are important for linemen in a zone-blocking scheme, which the Jaguars are transitioning to in 2013 (per Vito Stellino of The Florida Times-Union).
Armstead has the physical tools to be an NFL player, but he will have to prove himself after playing sub-par competition in college. Still, he would be an excellent fit in the zone-blocking scheme at right tackle for the Jaguars.
Round 4: Sanders Commings, Cornerback, Georgia
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The Jaguars could look to add another cornerback in the draft, and Georgia's Sanders Commings would be a good pick in the fourth round.
Commings is a good athlete, and was drafted as an outfielder in the 2008 MLB Draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks. His athleticism allows him to snatch balls out of the air and deflect passes.
He did a good job quieting critics at the combine and he helped his draft stock. One of his biggest criticisms was his lack of speed, but he nulled any doubts with an impressive 40-yard dash time (4.41).
Commings' biggest asset may be his size, as he stands at 6'0" and 216 pounds. His big build allows him to be physical with receivers and press them off the line of scrimmage.
Commings would be a good fit in Bradley's press-coverage scheme, and would be an instant contributor on both defense and special teams.
Round 5: Matt Scott, Quarterback, Arizona
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Caldwell said (via AP's Mark Long) during his introductory press conference that he will look to add a quarterback this offseason. There aren't any good options in free agency, so Jacksonville would be better waiting until the draft to find one.
With more pressing needs at other positions, the Jaguars probably won't look for a quarterback in the early rounds. Arizona's Matt Scott should still be available on the third day of the draft, and is considered a sleeper pick.
Scott helped his draft stock with a good show throwing the ball on Sunday. He was firing the ball to receivers with accuracy on the short and intermediate throws. His accuracy did slip on the deep balls, however, but he was still impressive in the passing drills.
In addition to his throwing ability, Scott has the speed to make plays with his legs. He posted great times at the Combine in the three-cone drill (6.69) and the 20-yard shuttle (3.99), both of which led quarterbacks and were faster than most wide receivers.
Scott has been linked with the Jaguars for weeks. Jacksonville's quarterback coach, Frank Scelfo, was Scott's coach at Arizona for several seasons. Scelfo is reportedly very high on the quarterback, according to Tony Pauline of Draft Insider.
Scott is a developmental quarterback with a lot of upside. He has the physical talent to play in the NFL, and the Jaguars should take a chance on him.
Round 6: T.J. Moe, Wide Receiver, Missouri
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Even though Laurent Robinson has been medically cleared (via ESPN's Paul Kuharsky) to play, the three concussions he suffered in 2012 leave his football future in jeopardy.
The Jaguars could look to add a potential replacement in the late rounds of the draft. Missouri's T.J. Moe could be exactly what the franchise is looking for.
Moe had a terrible 40-yard dash time (4.74), but his long-distance speed isn't what would make him so valuable.
He is built to be a slot receiver in the NFL and his combine performance proved it. Moe finished with the fastest time among receivers in the three-cone drill (6.54), the 20-yard shuttle (39.6) and the 60-yard shuttle (10.87).
Moe's times showed he was quick in and out of breaks, which would make him dangerous as a slot receiver running underneath routes. He has shown toughness going over the middle, and his 26 bench press reps proved he has the strength to hang onto the ball.
Moe would be a good fit in the Jaguars offense, and he would provide a slot threat for the offense.
Round 7: Knile Davis, Running Back, Arkansas
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The Jaguars' running back situation is a mess. Maurice Jones-Drew is coming off a broken foot that required surgery and is in the last year of his contract. Three of the players who replaced him in 2012—Rashad Jennings, Keith Toston and Jalen Parmele—have expiring contracts and may not return next season.
Caldwell could look for a running back late in the draft who could spell Jones-Drew and eventually contribute more to the offense.
Knile Davis from Arkansas is a talented player, but he hasn't been able to shake the injury bug. He is a good running back, but injuries have forced him down the draft board.
Davis had a very good performance at the combine. He had the second-fast 40-yard dash among running backs (4.37) and the second-most bench press reps (31). Davis also posted an impressive number in the broad jump (10'1") and good time in the three-cone drill (6.96).
Davis is a powerful north-south runner who is agile enough to make defenders miss in the open field.
If he is able to overcome his injury issues, the Jaguars could get a very solid player in Davis in the seventh round.