Month: April 2012
By: James Johnson
1st round pick 15 (via trade with the Eagles)- Whitney Mercilus of Illinois University- I think it’s an 80% chance the Jaguars will trade 0ut of the 7th spot. However, the hardest part is predicting who the will trade with. Depending on where they trade to will give me a better clue who they’d select. I took a guess and went with the Eagles, who were reportedly interested in trading with us according to Todd McShay of ESPN. Some think the report could be a smoke screen, but I feel that it isn’t simply because the Eagles have two second rounders an probably feel that they have what it takes to trade up and get a player they really like. As for the Jaguars if they traded with the Eagles that would put them in a position I feel Mercilus will be the BAP on their board or close to it. Mercilus is a finess DE Imo that in time would compliment Jeremy Mincey and become a force for years to come. He reminds me a little of Cliff Avril and as we all know Defensive Lineman coach Joe Cullen did a great job with him. I wouldn’t doubt that he couldn’t do the same with Mercilus. I don’t know what it is but I just have a weird vibe that Mercilus will be selected by the Jags though I could be wrong. The Jags could also take names like Kendall Wright, Stephon Gilmore, Quinton Coples just to name a few. Read the rest of this entry »
By: James Johnson
It’s been 2 months since my last mock ladies and gentlemen, so needless to say this is long overdue. Since my last mock draft a couple of marquee NFL events have come about those being the Combine and Free Agency. As you all know the Jaguars weren’t very active this free agency period ,but still managed to grab a few good players. Jeremy Mincey and Dwight Lowery, who both were probably going to be heavily pursued by others were retained and the Jaguars managed to add a quality backup QB in Chad Henne, a potential sleeper receiver in Laurent Robinson, and a veteran Super Bowl Champion DB in Aaron Ross. However, the Jaguars still have holes in their roster as all teams do and will look to the NFL Draft to fill some of them.
Round 1 pick #7 Melvin Ingram, DE (South Carolina) 6’1 264lbs – Any fan of the Jags will tell you the teams two most pressing needs are at WR and DE. At the number 7 spot there isn’t a WR worth taking their IMO, and I’ve always felt that a team with a top 10 pick should use their selection on a premium position (in most cases), those positions being LT,QB,DE,CB and in some cases a NT,or DT. If Morris Claiborne is available I think it’s safe to say he’s the pick here, even with the addition of Aaron Ross you can never have enough quality CB’s or DE’s. However, I think Claiborne will be off the board by the Jaguars selection. With Claiborne off the board I’d think that either Quinton Coples or Melvin Ingram are the best defensive players on the board. Personally I think Coples is better however most analyst have Ingram rated slightly higher. I believe the Jaguars have him rated slightly higher than Coples as well. If that’s the case I can definitely live with the Jaguars drafting Ingram. As a fan of a rival team to South Carolina (Go Dawgs !) I’ve seen enough of Ingram to know a good player when I see one and Ingram is just that. He’s holds up well at the point of attack and has a nice repertoire of moves. As did Coples, Ingram performed well at the Senior Bowl and showed great ability to play with some of the best in the NCAA. Another reason this pick makes since is the fact that the Jags will have to deal with Andrew Luck for the next 14 years. Keep yours eyes open for a possible trade here too there have been rumors the Patriots have been eying a top 10 pick for a unknown player. Read the rest of this entry »