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2013 NFL Draft: Jacksonville Jaguars Mock Draft Roundup

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2013 NFL Draft: Jacksonville Jaguars Mock Draft Roundup

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The 2013 NFL Draft is still more than two months away, but it is never too early to start looking at mock draft and speculating what is going to happen when it finally rolls around.

The Jacksonville Jaguars currently hold the second pick in the draft this year and to this point there are several different opinions as to which direction the new Dave Caldwell regime should go with their first draft pick. While quarterback is certainly the most pressing need for the Jaguars, most draft experts do not believe that there is not a signal caller worthy of being picked that high in the draft.

Value is in the eye of the beholder, however, and if Caldwell finds a quarterback prior to the draft he believes is worth the second pick, then it would not be a surprise to see him pull the trigger.

Most believe the Jaguars are going to address their other big need along the defensive line with their first pick. Most consider this year’s draft class to be heavy at the defensive line positions, so the Jaguars have several different prospects to consider if they do indeed decide to draft a defensive lineman come April.

The most important thing to consider is how these players would fit in new Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley’s 4-3 defensive scheme. Not all of the prospects being talked about at the top of the draft would be an ideal fit in Bradley’s defense.

Here is a quick breakdown of the six prospects that have been mocked to the Jaguars with the second overall pick in the upcoming draft.

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Bjoern Werner DE – Florida State

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Most people consider Werner to be the best 4-3 defensive end prospect in the draft this year.

The Jaguars have a massive need for an every down defensive end that can get to the quarterback and hold his own against the run. Werner possesses that unique combination of physicality and speed that gives offensive tackles nightmares. A guy like Werner would immediately come in and make a tremendous impact along a Jaguars defensive line that struggled to get pressure on the opposing quarterback last season.

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Damontre Moore DE/OLB – Texas A&M

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Moore could fit in the NFL as a 4-3 defensive end or as 3-4 rush linebacker. The Jaguars would obviously be drafting him to play defensive end.

Moore played end last year at Texas A&M and is a pure speed rusher off of the end that led his team in sacks and tackles this past season. His speed creates mismatches against most offensive tackles, but needs to add some weight to his frame to be a successful run defender in the NFL.

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Jarvis Jones DE/OLB – Georgia

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Jones likely will not end up in Jacksonville because I think his best position in the NFL is as a 3-4 rush linebacker.

People who mock Jones to the Jaguars think he could transition to a 4-3 defensive end and play a similar style to Denver Broncos defensive end Von Miller. However, Jones is best as a speed rusher off the edge and does not possess the size to hold the edge against the run. Jones would have made more sense if the Jaguars were making the transition to a 3-4 defense this offseason.

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Star Lotulelei DT – Utah

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The Jaguars have a massive need at defensive tackle and Lotulelei would immediately fill that need.

Lotulelei is considered by some as the best prospect in this draft and possesses speed that a man of his size should not have. He is extremely disruptive at the point of attack and would immediately sure up the Jaguars porous run defense. Some scouts have compared him to Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh as he possesses the power to toss offensive lineman off to the side on his way in to the opponent’s backfield.

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Barkevious Mingo DE/OLB – LSU

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Mingo is an intriguing prospect for the Jaguars because he could fill the LEO role that Bruce Irvin had so much success doing in Gus Bradley’s defense with the Seattle Seahawks.

Mingo explodes off the snap of the ball and is a frequent occupier of the offensive backfield. With Mingo’s size, 6’5” 240 lbs., he is the prototypical size for the LEO role and would not be counted on as a contributor against the run. Mingo would almost exclusively play on passing downs, but could easily be a double digit sack guy in his rookie year much like Irvin was with the Seahawks.

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Tyler Wilson QB – Arkansas

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Most consider Wilson the second best quarterback prospect in the draft this year behind Geno Smith.

His draft stock took a dive this year after being put in a tough situation with a bad offensive line and an interim head coach a year following the tremendous success he had with Bobby Petrino. Wilson stands tall in the pocket in the face of pressure and has good decision making skills. He also possesses enough mobility to escape pressure and get yards with his legs if he needs to.

The Jaguars could possibly get Wilson at the top of the second round, but if they identify him as a potential franchise quarterback they may pull the trigger with the second pick.