With the 2nd pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars select: Dion Jordan, DE/OLB, Oregon – The more and more I see this pick, the more and more I like it. As the team with clearly the least talent in the NFL, we need to get more guys with more potential. With Gus Bradley needing a Leo position player (as James Johnson has educated me more about), Jordan would fill that need. He is versatile, getting to the quarterback, and can drop back into coverage to cover anywhere from tight ends, to even some slot receivers. He is 6-6, 248 lbs. My only concern is the lack of sacks in his collegiate career. But he is raw, and that could be because he was dropped into coverage A LOT at Oregon. I bet Jaguar fans wish we took a shot at Jason Pierre-Paul when people had him mocked to us. This is our second chance for a play maker on defense. (Unless we have the chance to trade down, which would be the best option for this team.)
With the 33rd pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars select: Matt Elam, S, Florida – If Elam is available at the top of the second round, and the Jaguars do not select him, I will be furious. Put my Gator pride aside, this kid can just plain ball. I see Ed Reed play making abilities when I watch him play, with the hits of the late Sean Taylor. The knock on him is his size (5-10, 208 lbs) but I think he is an easy first round pick based of talent and production. But some mock drafts I see actually have him as the third best safety, behind Kenny Vaccaro and Jonathan Cyprien. So falling to #33 is not out of the question. If he is gone though, I would take a chance at offensive linemen and pick someone like Menelik Watson, Larry Warford or Kyle Long (or maybe even a long shot with DL in Margus Hunt).
With the 64th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars select: Barrett Jones, C/G/OT, Alabama – Depending on who you talk to, Jones is a 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or even a 4th round pick. I think he should be a 1st round pick. He is as versatile as it gets, able to play all positions on the OL, with his talents showing the closer inside he is. Meaning his best position is center. That may be why he drops a couple rounds, but I personally can’t understand it. With the 64th pick, I believe this is a steal. Not many mock drafts have Jones going before this pick. We need a replacement for Brad Meester (PLEASE GOD, WE NEED TO REPLACE MEESTER!) and since Meester is on the roster, he can show Jones the ropes of the NFL, and may even fill an immediate need at guard. I believe he should be the pick EVEN if we draft an OL in the first two rounds. If he isn’t available however, I would take a chance on David Amerson, Sio Moore, or Jordan Reed (though he may go in Round 2.)
With the 98th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars select: Tyrann Mathieu, CB/S/KR, LSU – I already know I’m going to get crap for this pick, but I don’t care. This is my steal of the draft. Mathieu is a football player, with athletic ability and ball hawking skills. He is a stud and he can ball with the rest of them. I don’t want to hear about size (5-9, 186 lbs). Brandon Flowers of the Chiefs is 5-9 as well, and he is one of the better corners in the league against number 1 receivers. The only thing that kept Mathieu from being a top 10 pick this April was off the field issues. And when Deion Sanders backs up a player like this, I’m all for believing that those issues are in the past. The Jaguars needs stars and leaders on this team. Mathieu will be a star and a defensive leader in this league. I believe he can play corner and safety, with the special teams return talent we have missed since the start of the franchise. In the fourth round, this is the best player available who also fills a need. If some team is smart enough to pick him before us, I would take a chance on Sanders Commings, Sean Porter, Ryan Swope, Kenny Stills, Tharold Simon, Marcus Lattimore or Marquise Goodwin.
With the 135th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars select: Mike Gillislee, RB, Florida – Alright, alright, I know. Two Florida players in one draft. Get over it. Gillislee was easily the offensive MVP of Florida in 2012. You watch him run for a guy his size (5-11, 207) and you just watch him run over people, outrun people, catch out of the backfield and block when the ball is in someone else’s hand. He is an all around running back that would fill the spot Rashad Jennings never quite lived up to. He would be a solid fill in for Jones-Drew if he would ever get injured, and also come in and get some quality playing time immediately as a third down back. He reminds me of Jamaal Charles (5-11, 200 lbs). Guess what round he went in? The 3rd round to the Chiefs in 2008. Steal much? And Gillislee is projected as a 5th round pick? Sounds like this is a pretty easy pick to me. He falls due to being a backup for 3 years of his college career, but if you watched him play last year as a starter, you know Florida obviously had their best running back on the bench the prior years. There is a chance he goes higher then this, so if that is the case, I would take a chance on Brandon Jenkins, Stepfan Taylor, Marcus Lattimore or Sean Porter (IF they is available again in this round).
With the 169th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars select: Lawerence Okoye, DE – When I heard a 21 year old British Olympian was turning down an offer to go to Oxford University to try out for the NFL (with no football experience), I thought to myself, “This is a guy we should bring in and give a shot.” He has the size your looking for in 6-6, 304 lbs. Then he put on a show at the NFL Super Regional Combine. He ran the 40 yard dash in the low 4.8, high 4.7 range, posted a 10-foot-5 broad jump, and a 35 inch vertical. Okoye himself said about 5 teams have contacted him and now scouts believe he will go from undrafted to someone taking a chance in the later rounds. Well that team needs to be Jacksonville. I am all in for Bradley after what I saw him do with Seattle’s defense. If anyone can coach this guy to play the NFL game, why not Bradley? If he is taken, I don’t really have any fallbacks in mind since this is the “practice squad/random HOF player” section. So maybe a QB who’s fallen this far who will hopefully be a future Tom Brady!
With the 208th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars select: Trey Millard, FB, Oklahoma – Greg Jones left to go to a contender. Who wouldn’t? The Jaguars need to find a replacement, and the last pick they have in the draft will do just that. He is a solid blocker who will open lanes for the lead back. He had a 5.1 average on his runs, though he didn’t get many opportunities, he made the most of what he was given. This is a guy who can compete with some undrafted guys for a roster spot, and may even be a solid pickup for the future. Again, no fallbacks if he is already taken. Maybe a kicker to push Scobee, or again, the second coming of Brady.
So that is my mock draft. Tell me what you think in the comment section below.
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