The 2014 NFL Draft is now just days away, and the final pick-by-pick mock draft has begun. Different from my previous mock drafts, I won’t be projecting who I would take, but who I actually think will be selected with the pick. Again I won’t be including trade possibilities simply because they’re limitless and totally unpredictable.
I honestly think Watkins will be the Jags top choice, but with him gone, I expect the Jags to continue building up front, so I have them taking Greg Robinson (OT, Auburn).
Robinson is as athletically gifted of an offensive linemen to come out in a few years, and his numbers at the Combine back that up. At 6-foot 5, 332-pounds, Robinson ran a jaw-dropping 4.92 40-yard dash, put up 32 reps of 225 on bench, and registered a 28.5-inch vertical jump and a 113-inch broad jump. He’s a very large, strong man who moves and plays like he’s a hundred pounds lighter.
Right now in his development, he’s an elite run blocker, but he’s still developing in pass protection. More than likely, he’ll start his career on the right side of the line before eventually transitioning over to the left. Given Jacksonville’s situation (took LT Luke Joeckel second overall in ’13 draft), the need to switch to the left may not be necessary. With Joeckel on the left and Robinson on the right, the team will have a tremendously young and talented set of bookend tackles to move forward with.
HC Gus Bradley has told anyone who’ll listen he wants to build this franchise from the inside out, and that theory has been reinforced with who they’ve brought in. In addition to bringing in Joeckel, the Jags have signed free agents Chris Clemons (DE), Ziggy Hood (DE/DT), Zane Beadles (G) and Red Bryant (DT), and also made a serious attempt to sign the leagues top center, Alex Mack, away from the Cleveland Browns before the offer was matched.
Khalil Mack and Johnny Manziel will be the next likeliest choices if it’s not Robinson. Mack is the best player on the board and would be a tremendous ‘LEO’ in Bradley’s defense. Manziel is the best QB in the class and would do wonders to keep the franchise relevant in the national scope, and would also help with TV exposure. Both are viable candidates here and I wouldn’t be surprised to see either land in Jacksonville when it’s all said and done.
Still, I think Bradley wants to continue shoring up the offensive line, so they take Robinson.