Jacksonville Jaguars Mock Draft: Assessing the First 3 Rounds
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Patience is key at this stage. The Jaguars are nearly two weeks away from finally announcing their first selection in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Aside from looking at nearly every mock draft available, the Jaguars are linked to players through individual workouts as well as pro days. With no shortage of players that may interest them this year, David Caldwell and other Jaguars personnel have been rumored as well as spotted at many different evaluation settings this year.
The first round is as up in the air is it possibly can be at this stage from the fan's perspective, without knowing who the Kansas City Chiefs take with their No. 1 overall pick.
Breaking down the Jaguars' situation is fairly complex due to the amount of needs on the team. On offense, the Jaguars need improvement at quarterback and the offensive line. On defense, the Jaguars need starters at defensive end, cornerback, safety, and linebacker.
With the No. 2 overall selection in the draft, the Jaguars could grab one of the two players they have interest in, or they can attempt to trade down and grab a few more picks.
Who are these two players? It is doubtful that anybody has a clue outside of the organization, but a guess would be Dion Jordan and Luke Joeckel.
Joeckel is not expected to still be in play at the No. 2 selection, but the Chiefs may still take Eric Fisher or Star Lotulelei with their No. 1 pick.
Jordan has the tools to become a very successful pass-rusher in the correct system, which would be a system similar to what Gus Bradley is implementing in Jacksonville. After finishing dead last with only 20 sacks in 2012, the Jaguars are in desperate need of revamping their pass rush. Both adding Jordan and switching up the defensive looks will help that.
The toughest predictions come after the top five selections on draft day. Between trades and value boards, there may be players similar to Bruce Irvin or A.J. Jenkins of last season, taken in the first round that were never thought to be true first-round talents heading into the draft.
The Jaguars hold the No. 33 (first overall in second round) and will have a very good chance to draft another starter. The knock on the 2013 draft is that there may not be elite talent, but there are a lot of good players very capable of starting in the NFL.
Depending on how the end of the first round goes, this looks like a good spot to take either a defensive back, offensive lineman or a quarterback.
Names that may be around for this pick include defensive backs Johnthan Banks, Desmond Trufant, Blidi Wreh-Wilson and John Cyprien.
The Jaguars have shown interest in both Desmond Trufant and Blidi Wreh-Wilson with private workouts, but Banks has the skill set that fits the press coverage specialists that Bradley worked with in Seattle.
The Jaguars were one of 14 teams to work out safety John Cyprien. Cyprien is a prospect who could go as early as the middle of the first round, depending on who fell in love with him during those workouts. If he is around at No. 33, the Jaguars could pounce on him to replace Dawan Landry.
Which round should the Jaguars select a QB?
Options for the offensive line prospects include Menelik Watson and D.J. Fluker.
Both Watson and Fluker would immediately be able to step in for the undrafted Cameron Bradfield, who has struggled mightily over the course of his career as a starter for the Jaguars.
The Jaguars need to address the quarterback position at some point, and it may very well be in the second round.
With little knowledge as to how high or low Geno Smith will go or if he will even be the first quarterback off the board, the first round will determine how the Jaguars play out the situation.
The Jaguars have worked out a plethora of quarterbacks from this year's draft class including Ryan Nassib, E.J. Manuel, Matt Barkley and Mike Glennon.
Nassib and Barkley have seen their stock rise the past month, with Nassib becoming a possible early-to-mid first-round candidate. Manuel and Glennon represent the third tier of the QB group and could possibly last into the third round.
It's a toss-up in determining which guy may be a Jaguar next season, but the second round looks to be a possible landing spot for one of them.
The Jaguars have the second pick, No. 66 overall, in the third round. This spot could easily be designated to either quarterback or defensive back, depending on which position is selected in the second round.
All the quarterbacks listed above could be gone by this pick, which would put in to play a few other players that include Matt Scott and Tyler Bray.
Although opposite of each other, both Scott and Bray represent high-upside prospects that could be brought in to compete for the starting job.
Another option is that the Jaguars go in one of many different directions. They have worked out plenty of players that may be steals in the third round.
Christine Michael worked out for the Jags, and is thought to be one of the top running backs, even though he may have extra baggage associated with him. Known for a poor attitude and work ethic, Michael may change his attitude now that he looking forward to a nice contract.
Another prospect with a sketchy background is Kiko Alonso. Alonso worked out for the Jaguars, including LB coach Mark Duffner. Alonso may be a guy on the Jaguars radar around this selection, and would add a very nice player to the group.
The Jaguars privately worked out tackle Justin Pugh. Pugh would be a great selection in the third round and could easily compete with Bradfield for the starting right tackle job.
Looking beyond these three rounds is a bit of a stretch with the amount of uncertainty pertaining to the draft. These players are not only solid prospects but have already gained interest from the Jaguars personnel.
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