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Jacksonville Jaguars 2013 NFL Mock Draft, Week 2: Seven Rounds

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Jacksonville Jaguars Seven-Round Mock Draft

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How quickly things can change in just one short week.

The Jacksonville Jaguars sent all important decision makers to West Virginia this past week to scout top quarterback prospect Geno Smith and now there is speculation that they could be interested in drafting him with the second pick. Now the most intriguing question facing the Jaguars is whether they are serious about drafting Smith, or whether they are setting up an elaborate smoke screen in order to maximize the value of their pick for a potential trade down that would net them some much needed extra selections.

This is an excellent draft for new Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell to start a total rebuilding process with. While this draft class lacks the elite, big name players that draw headlines, it more than makes up for with its outstanding depth at several important positions. Trading down would serve Caldwell and the Jaguars very well in this draft.

The Jaguars have needs at just about every position on the field, so they can truly use this draft to pick the best available talent when they are on the clock and not necessarily worry about filling needs at specific positions. As it currently stands, the Jaguars have seven draft picks with one in each round.

Caldwell and the Jaguars were active in free agency this past week, picking up defensive tackle Roy Miller, defensive back Alan Ball, running back Justin Forsett and outside linebacker Geno Hayes. They also re-signed defensive back Antwaun Molden.

After the moves in the first week of free agency there are significant changes in my Jaguars mock draft.

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First Round: Geno Smith, Quarterback, West Virginia

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The new Jaguars regime has no loyalty to quarterback Blaine Gabbert and has said several times that they were going to bring in some competition for him this offseason. Smith is unanimously regarded as the best quarterback available in the draft, but he is a flawed prospect which is why people are hesitant to mock him to the Jaguars. The only question is whether or not Caldwell and the Jaguars brass think he is a franchise quarterback, because if they think he is they should not hesitate to pull the trigger.

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Second Round: Johnthan Banks, Cornerback Mississippi State

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The Jaguars are totally rebuilding their secondary this offseason and Banks possesses the traits that Gus Bradley is looking for in his cornerbacks. Banks is a big, physical corner who is best suited for Bradley’s press man coverage scheme.

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Third Round: Jordan Reed, Tight End, Florida

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Marcedes Lewis is a good tight end, but in this modern pass happy NFL you need more than one. Reed is an excellent “move” tight end who can use his size and quickness to create mismatches in the middle of the field. He has a skill set similar to fellow former Gator tight end Aaron Hernandez and would add an extra dimension to the Jaguars offense.

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Fourth Round: Lerentee McCray, Outside Linebacker, Florida

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McCray is a tweener defensive end/outside linebacker prospect who could flourish in Gus Bradley’s defense. With the proper coaching, he possesses the talent to play the LEO role in the Jaguars defense, but at worst could play a role at outside linebacker.

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Fifth Round: Sanders Commings, Cornerback/Safety, Georgia

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Commings was a physical, press corner in college at Georgia, but projects as a safety in the NFL. He is the kind of tweener prospect that excelled in Gus Bradley’s defense in Seattle and would be an excellent replacement for the recently departed Dawan Landry.

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Sixth Round: Xavier Nixon, Offensive Tackle/Guard, Florida

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Nixon was an inconsistent performer at left tackle in college, but he could slide inside and provide some competition and depth for the Jaguars at the left guard position.

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Seventh Round: T.J. Moe, Wide Receiver, Missouri

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Moe was the slowest wide receiver at the combine, but that is not his game. He is, however, perfectly suited to be a slot receiver in the mold of Wes Welker. Moe is never going to beat an NFL defense with his speed, but his quickness in and out of his breaks will be able to keep the chains moving.