Jacksonville Jaguars 2013 NFL Mock Draft, Week 6: Seven Rounds
Jacksonville Jaguars Seven-Round Mock Draft
New general manager Dave Caldwell is keeping his cards close to the vest and he plans on keeping his intentions secret until the Jaguars are on the clock on draft night. Caldwell did mention that he has his choice narrowed down to two players, but with as many holes as the Jaguars currently have on their roster they could realistically consider any of the players being talked about at the top of the draft.
The most intriguing scenario around the Jaguars with the second pick involves the selection of West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith. Despite the presence of Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne on the Jaguars roster, finding a franchise quarterback is their biggest need. While Smith has his flaws as a prospect, he would immediately compete for the starting job and would have a good chance of winning.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Jaguars could be considering Oregon defensive end Dion Jordan or BYU defensive end Ezekiel Ansah. Either player would improve the Jaguars anemic pass rush, but I believe Jordan is the more likely fit considering his size and athleticism which would allow him to flourish in Gus Bradley’s defense.
Trading down remains an option that the Jaguars will explore on draft night, but Caldwell said this week that he would be surprised if a team offered them a deal worth taking for the second pick.
First Round: Geno Smith, Quarterback, West Virginia
I still think Geno Smith is the pick for the Jaguars.
While scouts have a mixed opinion on Smith, I think he has a bright NFL future ahead of him. He possesses all the tools necessary to be an effective pro quarterback, with a strong arm and the mobility to make plays with his legs if necessary. Despite Smith’s athleticism, however, he is a pocket passer first. By almost all accounts Smith is a gym rat who is going to put in the work necessary to be a winner.
Second Round: Menelik Watson, Offensive Tackle, Florida State
The Jaguars must fill holes along their offensive line at some point in the draft and having Menelik Watson fall to them in the second round would be an ideal situation.
Watson is a long and athletic right tackle who would immediately start for the Jaguars. The former basketball player has outstanding feet and has the upper body strength necessary to overpower defensive lineman. Needs to be coached up in pass protection, but is already a dominant run blocker.
Third Round: D.J. Swearinger, Safety, South Carolina
The Jaguars are rebuilding the secondary from the ground up this offseason and D.J. Swearinger would be a steal in the third round.
He played both safety positions in college, but would likely fit the “Bandit” safety role on the Jaguars defense due to his physical style of play. Likes to play downhill and is an excellent tackler.
Fourth Round: Tharold Simon, Cornerback, LSU
I have had Tharold Simon mocked to the Jaguars since the beginning because at 6’2” he has the prototypical size of what Gus Bradley is looking for at the cornerback position.
Simon is an aggressive corner who could flourish in the Jaguars press coverage scheme. He uses his length to attack the ball in the air, but needs to work on his footwork and technique which is why he likely will fall to the mid rounds.
Fifth Round: Zaviar Gooden, Linebacker, Missouri
Zaviar Gooden is a speedy linebacker who projects as a weakside linebacker in the NFL. With his speed he has the ability to quickly close down running plays and can keep up in coverage with smaller receivers and tight ends.
Sixth Round: Sheldon Price, Cornerback, UCLA
Sheldon Price is another tall, physical corner who could flourish in Gus Bradley’s defense. What Price lacks in athleticism, he more than makes up for with his physical play.
Seventh Round: James Wilson, Guard, Florida
The Jagaurs have a massive need on the interior of their offensive line and Wilson is a physical run blocker who could compete for the left guard job.