Here is the second installment of five(ish) or so mock drafts that I will be concocting for the Jacksonville Jaguars in the weeks leading up to the draft. With the scouting combine in full swing, Jacksonville’s personnel have their work cut out for them as they are looking to fill a plethora of holes on the roster.
If the draft was held today, these are the 10 guys that I feel would be suiting up in teal come September. As always, the number in the left-margin represents the round.
Round 1 |Teddy Bridgewater – Quarterback, Louisville
The Jaguars need a quarterback, and, if available, Bridgewater has to be the selection.
Bridgewater has lit up competition over the last couple of years, showcasing pocket coordination, lethal accuracy, and top-notch intelligence. His critics want to knock him for Louisville’s less-than-stellar schedule in 2013, along with his “skinny frame.” Well, Bridgewater weighed in at 6-2, 214 at the combine last week, so that should silence that argument. As for the weak schedule? The NFL is a completely different animal, so schedule really means little. The strongest NCAA schedule could not stack up against the weakest NFL schedule.
Sure, he didn’t participate in most drills at the scouting combine, but that ultimately will not matter. Tape don’t lie.
Bridgewater has everything you look for in a franchise quarterback. He’d be a dynamic catalyst that could help turn around a franchise that has struggled mightily over the past decade.
Round 2 | Kyle Van Noy – Linebacker,BYU
Van Noy is a highly intelligent linebacker who is capable of rushing the passer and creating havoc all over the field. He has been extremely productive over the last couple of seasons (17 sacks in last two seasons) and is capable of playing the SAM position in Gus Bradley’s defense. If he’s still available, Van Noy provides excellent value in the second round.
Round 3 | Weston Richburg – Center, Colorado State
Arguably the best center in this year’s draft, Richburg possesses a nice combination of size and intelligence to go along with excellent footwork off the snap. The Jaguars would plug in the rookie from day one, and he’d likely be a quality starter on their line for the next decade.
Round 4 | DaQuan Jones – Defensive Tackle, Penn State
Jones is a big-bodied defender who is capable of eating up lineman, which allows for edge rushers to get in and light up the signal caller. He’d be the perfect 1-technique candidate for Bradley’s defense.
Round 4 | Andre Williams – Running back, Boston College
To say he had a great 2013 season would be an understatement. The 6-foot, 230 pound road-grader of a running back rushed for nearly 2200 yards and 18 touchdowns during his final season with the Golden Eagles.
With Maurice Jones-Drew likely darting in free agency, Williams would come in and contribute right away. Day-1 starter.