By Matthew Cannata @PhinManiacs on March 14, 2014
The Jacksonville Jaguars have been making quite a splash so far in free agency including signing numerous players from the Seattle Seahawks. There is a little less than two months before the NFL Draft begins on May 8 so a lot can still happen, but here is the latest mock draft for the Jaguars based on their moves so far in free agency and what I expect them to do in the next few weeks.
There is a lot of debate right now at the top of the draft, and it’s way too early to tell what’s going to happen. However, the Jaguars just signed Red Bryant and Chris Clemons. Will they take someone like Jadeveon Clowney or Khalil Mack? I don’t think so. Even with the re-signing of Chad Henne, their biggest long-term need is QB.
A rookie quarterback’s best friend is a huge target in the middle of the field. Amaro can be that guy for Bortles. He is 6-foot-5 and not only is he powerful enough to break numerous tackles, but he also had great speed for his size. He’s not the best run blocker, but he would quickly become the QB’s favorite target.
One of the reasons why the Jaguars became competitive last year was because of their defense. Their moves in free agency have solidified the defense. The Jaguars should go with a WR here and upgrade their offense even more. Richardson is a great vertical threat who runs solid routes. He’s a little on the smaller side, but with a good offseason program, he can build enough muscle to be durable.
The Jaguars are still in the process of rebuilding their offensive line, and Dozier would be a good fit here. He is excellent in run blocking and has the speed to get to the next level. However, he is a little shaky in pass protection. Dozier might not start day one, but he can be coached up to provide a solid answer to the guard position on the line.
The Jaguars take their first selection on defense with Jordan Tripp. Their linebacker corps leaves much to be desired, and Tripp could fill in nicely. He has great instincts and has the speed to roam the field and get to his spot. He does get caught up in blocks sometimes, so he will need to add some muscle and new techniques to his play.
The Jaguars are in a tough division and will be facing Andrew Luck for the next 10+ years. Gaines is a solid corner who may be able to start right away. He is a little shaky in zone coverage and there are questions with his hands, but he has great fundamentals and will be able to learn quickly once he gets in the facility.
The Jaguars just signed Toby Gerhart, but there is no sure thing about him. Johnson would provide some competition and could emerge as the lead runner within a year or two. He is a big back who can catch passes out of the backfield and be an explosive part of the offense.
The Jaguars need another safety, and Kenny Ladler might be the answer. He played against top competition in the SEC and has the ability to close in on coverage quickly. That will help make up for his lack of speed.
Victor Hampton is only 5-foot-9, but he makes up for it with his arm length and instincts. However, he has a lot of work to do in improving his footwork and his techniques in press coverage.
The Jaguars draft a developmental player here in Jack Tyler. Tyler will be able to help out on special teams while learning the nuances of the pro game and improving his fundamental skills.
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