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Jacksonville Jaguars 2013 NFL Mock Draft, Week 3: Seven Rounds

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Jacksonville Jaguars Seven-Round Mock Draft

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For the second straight week we see a quarterback at the top of the Jacksonville Jaguars mock draft.

The Jaguars brass continues to sing the praises of Geno Smith after watching him in person at his Pro Day workout last week, but do they believe he is a franchise quarterback. If the answer is yes in the eyes of new Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell, then it is hard to envision a scenario in which Smith is not the second pick in the draft.

Now that we are two weeks into free agency, the Jaguars immediate needs are starting to become more apparent as we head towards the draft. One of the more pressing needs is along the offensive line at right tackle. Originally, I believed that right tackle would be a position that the Jaguars would address through free agency, but now it is starting to look like they will look to the draft for the answer at that position. There will be several quality options for the Jaguars to choose from at the top of the second round and that may be when they choose to address that need.

The Jaguars roster has other needs that will likely be addressed in the draft on the defensive side of the ball, most notably with the pass rush and the secondary. Pass rush is the Jaguars biggest need outside of finding a franchise quarterback, so if Smith is not the pick in the first round I would expect the Jaguars to take one of the talent pass rushers that are going to be available.

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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: Terron Armstead, Offensive Tackle, Arkansas-Pine Bluff

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Originally I thought the Jaguaras would address their need at right tackle in free agency, but it is starting to look more like this need will be addressed early in the draft. Armstead is an extremely athletic offensive lineman that could fit in the Jaguars new zone-blocking scheme.

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Third Round: Quanterus Smith, Defensive End, Western Kentucky

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Smith may end up being the steal of the draft at the top of the third round for the Jaguars. Prior to tearing his ACL late in the season, Smith recorded 12.5 sacks including an impressive three-sack performance against Alabama. Smith is a bit undersized to be a true 4-3 defensive end, but he is an ideal candidate for the LEO role in Gus Bradley’s defense.

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Fourth Round: Tharold Simon, Cornerback, LSU

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Simon was only a one-year starter at LSU, but at 6’2” he possesses the length that the Jaguars are looking for in a defensive back. He would be counted on to immediately compete for a spot in the starting lineup.

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Fifth Round: DeVonte Holloman, Outside Linebacker, South Carolina

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Holloman was a safety early in his career at South Carolina, but was converted to linebacker when he got too big to play in the secondary. Given his history in the secondary, however, Holloman could be an excellent pass defender for the Jaguars.

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Sixth Round: Cooper Taylor, Safety, Richmond

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Taylor is the kind of big, quick and extremely physical safeties that Gus Bradley utilized with the Seahawks. He will be available later in the draft due to injury concerns that led him to transfer from Georgia Tech. He would immediately push for playing time at the strong safety spot vacated by the release of Dawan Landry.

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Seventh Round: Ace Sanders, Wide Receiver, South Carolina

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Sanders is a raw wide receiver prospect that could immediately contribute on special teams as a punt returner for the Jaguars. He is falling in the draft because of a disappointing 40-yard dash time at the combine, but he has showed that regardless of his 40 time he is an extremely explosive athlete who is a threat to score every time he touches the football.