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Jacksonville Jaguars 2013 NFL Mock Draft, Week 7: Seven Rounds

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Jacksonville Jaguars Seven-Round Mock Draft

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We have finally reached the week of the NFL Draft and the Jacksonville Jaguars intentions may be coming into focus.

For weeks we have known that new Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell had narrowed his choices for the second pick down to two players, but we did not know which players he was targeting. Even though I have been mocking quarterback Geno Smith to the Jaguars for weeks, it appears that he is no longer in the discussion for being the second overall pick. It appears that the Jaguars are targeting Dion Jordan or whichever offensive tackle the Kansas City Chiefs do not take with the first pick, but all of that remains speculation because the Jaguars have been so quiet that nobody knows for sure what they might do on Thursday night.

While drafting an offensive tackle might fit the style of drafting best player available for the Jaguars, they would be significantly diminish the value of that pick because they already have a good left tackle. The Jaguars need to merry need with value with their first pick and fill a more significant need like pass rush at the top of the draft. The noise about an offensive tackle seems more like a smokescreen to facilitate a trade down in the unlikely scenario that Jordan is off the board when the Jaguars select.

If the Jaguars pass on quarterback in the first round, it would not be a surprise to see them pick one up on the second night of the draft. The Jaguars have talked about bringing in outside competition at quarterback for Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne, but only a quarterback drafted in the first two rounds would likely be ready to provide legitimate competition for the starting job.

Here is a look at my final Jaguars mock draft with changes all over the place.

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First Round: Dion Jordan, Defensive End/Outside Linebacker, Oregon

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I cannot think of a better first pick in terms of a fit for what the Jaguars want to do on defense moving forward. At 6’6” and 250 pounds, Jordan possesses the versatility that will keep him on the field for almost all defensive snaps for the Jaguars.

Jordan can put his hand on the ground and play the LEO defensive end position in obvious passing situations, but with his size and athleticism he can also stand up and play strong-side linebacker. From the strong side, Jordan can either drop into coverage or rush the passer. Gus Bradley is a bright defensive mind and the sky is the limit with what he can do with a versatile piece like Jordan.

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Second Round: Ryan Nassib, Quarterback, Syracuse

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The Jaguars are going to take a quarterback to compete for the starting job at the top of the second round. The latest rumblings suggest that they have taken an interest in Nassib.

Nassib has solid mechanics and footwork and is a sound decision maker, but struggles on his accuracy on deep throws and is not overly athletic which is probably why he is not being heavily considered as a first-round prospect. His skill set compares favorably to Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan and he would provide immediate competition for the Jaguars starting quarterback job.

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Third Round: Sanders Commings, Cornerback/Safety, Georgia

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Commings is a physical cornerback who is built like a safety. He is especially skilled in press coverage, which is a staple of the Gus Bradley defense. There are questions as to whether or not Commings is athletic enough to start on the outside, but his versatility will ensure that he has a role on the Jaguars defense whether it be at corner or as a safety.

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Fourth Round: Reid Fragel, Offensive Tackle, Ohio State

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Fragel is a converted tight end who played right tackle in his senior season at Ohio State in Urban Meyer’s spread offense. The Jaguars have a massive need at right tackle and a mid-round pick like Fragel is an ideal candidate to fill the need. He would likely be considered a better prospect if he had a bigger body of work at the position, but he possesses tremendous upside and has the chance to become a very good right tackle at the next level.

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Fifth Round: Cooper Taylor, Safety, Richmond

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Taylor is a massive safety who reminds me of Seattle Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor. He is being pushed down draft boards because of a heart condition that forced him to transfer from Georgia Tech, but all indications are that NFL doctors are giving him a clean bill of health. He is an athletic safety in the body of a linebacker which would be yet another versatile piece for the Jaguars defense.

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Sixth Round: Kyle Juszczyk, Fullback, Harvard

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The Jaguars let Greg Jones walk in free agency this offseason and need to find another big guy to lead to way for Maurice Jones-Drew. However, Juszczyk was a primary pass catcher in college so he can be used as a lead blocker and a weapon out of the backfield in the ever evolving H-back role in the NFL.

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Seventh Round: Sheldon Price, Cornerback, UCLA

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Price is a lean and long corner who would be an ideal fit in Gus Bradley’s defense. He flashed elite prospect talent at times during his college career, but was way too inconsistent to ever be considered anything more than a late-round flyer. In Seattle, Bradley had great success turning late-round corners into Pro Bowlers, so a player with Price’s upside could turn out to be a steal for the Jaguars in the seventh round.