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Jacksonville Jaguars 2013 NFL Mock Draft, Week 4: Seven Rounds

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Jacksonville Jaguars Seven-Round Mock Draft

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As the free agency period begins to settle down, things are starting to come into focus for what needs the Jacksonville Jaguars are going to address during the NFL Draft.

The big question surrounding the Jaguars is whether or not they are going to be the team that pulls the trigger on West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith with the second pick in the draft. Recent activity among other teams who have a need at the quarterback position seems to point to the fact that other teams believe that Smith will be off the board when they pick.

If the Jaguars take their quarterback in the first round, they will be able to sit back on the second day of the draft and listen to offers for the 33rd pick as the teams that choose to wait until the second round will likely be desperate to move up to secure their quarterback. While most people talk about the Jaguars trading down in the first round, I still believe the most likely scenario for a Jaguars trade down involves their second round pick.

Besides quarterback, 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 Dave 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: Menelik Watson, Offensive Tackle, Florida State

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The Jaguars have a desperate need at right tackle and Watson has the make of a special talent at the position. The former basketball player has excellent feet and elite athleticism which will serve him well in the NFL. Has the skills to move to left tackle in the future, but remains a raw prospect who needs to work on pass protection before making the switch from right tackle.

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Third Round: Corey Lemonier, Defensive End/Outside Linebacker, Auburn

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Lemonier is a bit undersized to be a traditional 4-3 defensive end, but with his size and speed he would be an ideal fit in the new LEO role on the Jaguars defense. He ran one of the faster times for a defensive lineman at the NFL Combine which will be his most dangerous weapon while he works to develop his pass rushing skills.

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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. Needs to be taught press coverage, but possesses great recovery speed. 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. He would immediately compete for the spot vacated by Daryl Smith.

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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.