After what seems like an eternity of waiting, the 2013 NFL draft is just one week away.
The Jacksonville Jaguars hold the No. 2 pick in the draft, and what they do with the selection is critical to the success of their rebuilding efforts.
There are many different ways the team could go with the pick, but general manager David Caldwell has the choice narrowed down to two players (via Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times-Union). It's unclear about who those two players are, but they have to be an upgrade over everyone currently on the roster.
The Jaguars have to fill holes at quarterback and cornerback and along the offensive and defensive lines. The draft is loaded with talent at each of those positions, so the team should be able to find great value late in the draft.
With the draft just seven days away, here is the latest mock draft for the Jaguars.
The best move the Jaguars could make at No. 2 is to trade back in the draft, but GM Caldwell said he would be "surprised" (per Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times-Union) if a trade offer is enticing enough to move down.
This means Jacksonville will be stuck with the No. 2 pick, and almost anyone the team picks will be an instant upgrade.
The Jaguars' pass rush was pathetic last season, finishing with just 20 sacks. The Jaguars have to find a player who will be able to get after the quarterback, and they'll be able to do just that with their first-round pick.
Oregon's Dion Jordan would make an immediate impact on Jacksonville's defense.
He is a perfect fit in the LEO role in head coach Gus Bradley's defense, which is designed for a fast and athletic pass-rusher who uses his speed to pressure the quarterback.
Jordan's athleticism was on display at February's scouting combine. He finished among the top defensive linemen in the 40-yard dash (4.60), broad jump (10'2"), three-cone drill (7.02) and the 20-yard shuttle (4.35).
He is tailor made for Bradley's defense as a speed rusher coming off the edge. The Jaguars would solve their pass-rushing woes by drafting Jordan.
GM Caldwell has said he would add quarterbacks this offseason for a "wide-open" competition at the position.
The Jaguars haven't signed one in free agency, which means they'll look to the draft to acquire one. The team will have to get a quarterback early, as there is no guarantee one will be available later in the draft.
Syracuse's Ryan Nassib would be a good pick at the top of the second round.
The Jaguars have shown interest in Nassib in recent weeks and held a private workout (per Adam Schefter of ESPN) with him in early April.
He would be a nice fit in Jacksonville's offense. He has a big arm with a quick release and is accurate at all parts of the field. Nassib is able to move around in the pocket and make plays with his legs, but he also has good placement on throws on the run.
The NFL is a quarterback-driven league, and the Jaguars lack that quarterback right now. Nassib will be able to challenge for a starting role while having the potential to develop into the team's long-term answer.
The Jaguars have to add talent to the depleted secondary during the draft. The departures of Derek Cox, Rashean Mathis and Aaron Ross have left the team thin at cornerback. Jacksonville has just four cornerbacks currently under contract, and none of the players inspire much confidence to be reliable starters.
North Carolina State's David Amerson is a cornerback who would instantly step in as a starter.
He is a physical and athletic player who has the size (6'1", 205 lbs) to excel as a press-coverage cornerback, which is a key aspect in Bradley's defense. He's an aggressive player who jumps underneath routes and has the ball skills to intercept passes.
His aggressiveness does make him susceptible to double moves at times.
Amerson's ability to play press coverage was underutilized in college, which means it might take some time for him to adjust to the style in the NFL. Still, he has all the skills necessary to succeed in Bradley's scheme.
Jacksonville could turn around and take another cornerback in the fourth round by selecting Georgia's Sanders Commings.
Commings is another cornerback who fits the mold for Bradley's defense. He thrives in press coverage, where he can use his size (6'0", 216 lbs) to reroute receivers off the snap. He also possesses good agility for a player his size, which allows him to stay with receivers and knock away passes.
Commings' skills may lead him to convert to safety, which is another area where the Jaguars need help.
Commings is a natural fit for Jacksonville's defense, and he could be one of the draft's biggest steals.
The Jaguars must also find an upgrade at right tackle in the draft.
The team featured a revolving door of right tackles last season, and all of the players who received time at the position were terrible. Jacksonville currently has just two offensive tackles under contract, so they have to add talent at some point during the draft.
GM Caldwell said (per Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times-Union) he believes offensive line is among the strongest positions in this year's draft, which means the franchise could find good value even on the third day.
San Jose State's David Quessenberry is someone the Jaguars could take in the middle rounds of the draft who can compete for the starting role in Week 1.
Quessenberry is athletic for a player of his size (6'5", 302 lbs) and shows quickness and agility in passing sets, which makes him a good fit in Jacksonville's zone-blocking scheme. He can force defensive ends around the pocket and away from the quarterback while also showing hustle to get downfield on blocks on running plays.
His pass-protection skills would be a welcome addition along the offensive line. The Jaguars allowed the third most sacks last season (50), and his presence on the line would improve the protection.
Quessenberry would be an improvement over anyone the Jaguars currently have at right tackle. He could start as a rookie.
Cornerback isn't the only position in the secondary where the Jaguars are thin. Jacksonville has just one strong safety under contract after releasing Dawan Landry earlier in the offseason.
The only strong safety currently on the roster is the inexperienced Antwon Blake, who has just 12 combined tackles in his one-year career. The Jaguars have to add some more talent to challenge for the starting role.
Notre Dame's Zeke Motta could do just that.
Motta is an athletic safety who has the range to play over the top while also being physical enough to play against the run. He reads the quarterback to jump underneath routes and brings bad intentions with his hits. In addition to his sure tackling abilities, he's also an intelligent player who communicates well with teammates.
Even if Motta doesn't win the starting role, he would be an excellent special teams player, which makes him a valuable late-round selection.
Although Marcedes Lewis is cemented as Jacksonville's starting tight end, the team has no depth behind him. The Jaguars could use their final pick to add some much needed depth to the position.
Maryland's Matt Furstenburg would add depth while also providing another receiving threat.
He is an athletic tight end and a reliable receiver. He's able to adjust to throws in the air and can pull in throws away from his frame using his strong hands. He is also quick off the snap and has good speed with the ball.
Fursternburg displayed his athleticism at the scouting combine. He was among the top performers among tight ends in the 40-yard dash (4.62), vertical (35.5"), 20-yard shuttle (4.35), 60-yard shuttle (11.76), broad jump (9'7") and three-cone drill (7.09).
He has the natural athletic ability to be a receiving threat in the NFL and would be a nice complement to Lewis at tight end.