Thursday, March 8, 2012
McShay and Mel mock the Jaguars
By Paul Kuharsky
Lost in a day that was busy thanks to Peyton Manning were new mock drafts from Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr .
Here’s the second of four team by team reviews.
7) Jacksonville Jaguars
McShay: Melvin Ingram, DE/OLB, South Carolina
“North Carolina DE Quinton Coples is more naturally talented, but he's inconsistent. Ingram has explosive quickness and power and he brings it on every down, and you know what you're getting with him. That fits the philosophy of the organization under general manager Gene Smith, who in the past has taken high-character, high-motor players like DT Tyson Alualu over more highly-rated prospects.”
Kiper: Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina
“Coples wasn't quite as dominant as I thought he'd be during the 2011 season, but the draft process has reinforced what a lot of front office folks believed, which is that he's clearly the top 4-3 defensive end in the draft. The Jags need pass-catchers, but if Blackmon isn't available, Coples fits. Jacksonville sacked opposing quarterbacks fewer than two times a game in 2011, and Coples is a great fit for the scheme. He has great length at 6-foot-6, and the size to hold up in the run game, complementing his pass-rush skills. Jacksonville is another team that simply needs to upgrade its talent level, so the Jaguars shouldn't reach based on need.”
Kuharsky: If the Jaguars have the sort of questions about Coples that many analysts do, I can’t imagine they’d go near him. McShay’s thinking here makes a lot of sense.