Thursday, February 6, 2014
Kiper/McShay mock draft reax: Jaguars
By Michael DiRocco
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay each have the Jacksonville Jaguars addressing a major need with the No. 3 overall pick in the upcoming draft.
Kiper went defense while McShay went offense in their mock drafts 2.0 released earlier Thursday. Kiper predicts the Jaguars will take defensive end Jadeveon Clowney while McShay predicts the Jaguars will take quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.
Kiper has Houston taking quarterback Johnny Manziel and St. Louis taking offensive tackle Greg Robinson with the first two picks, which leaves the Jaguars with the choice of Clowney and Bridgewater.
"If they love one of the other QB possibilities, that could certainly be the pick," Kiper writes. "But if the board breaks this way, I think Clowney proves irresistible."
Give Kiper credit for consistency. He also had the Jaguars taking Clowney in his first mock draft, which was released Jan. 16.
McShay, however, has Houston taking Clowney with the top pick and St. Louis taking Robinson. He writes that "this draft feels like the right time for the Jaguars to get their franchise quarterback" and they go with the player most analysts believe is the most NFL-ready of all the quarterbacks.
McShay also had the Jaguars taking a quarterback in his first mock draft, which was released Dec. 18, 2012, but it was Manziel.
The Jaguars can’t go wrong with either Clowney or Bridgewater because they fill the team’s two biggest needs, but I fall into the Kiper camp. I wrote Tuesday that the Jaguars should address the defensive needs in the first two rounds and then take a quarterback in the third round. That doesn't preclude the Jaguars from taking a quarterback in the first round of the 2015 draft, either, because the rookie salary cap keeps the contracts reasonable.