Fan Mock Draft: Whom should Jaguars select No. 3 overall?
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It’s draft time! We’ve had our experts tell you who will be drafted where, but now it’s time for you to throw on your GM cap and decide for yourself. Each day we will present an argument for each player and why the respective team should pick him. Then, it’s up to you. You make the pick. The next day, we will compile the results, and you can see who is off the board. Disagree with all of the options? Be sure to write in your pick below in the comments section. OK, let’s get into it. The Jacksonville Jaguars are on the clock.
The Jaguars made some great strides in Gus Bradley’s first season as head coach. Unfortunately, he didn’t install the same type of pass rush he implemented as Seattle’s defensive coordinator in previous years. The Jaguars finished last in the NFL with 31 sacks during the regular season. Since then, they’ve retooled their defensive line by re-signing Jason Babin and bringing in Red Bryant, Chris Clemons and Ziggy Hood via free agency.
The offense wasn’t much better, averaging a league-low 15.4 points per game. While the Jaguars gave quarterback Chad Henne a two-year deal in March, they will likely use the draft to add some depth or find their franchise guy, as they shipped former first-round pick Blaine Gabbert to San Francisco.
With holes everywhere on the roster, the Jaguars could look to fortify their offensive line or add a game-breaking wide receiver. So whom will the Jaguars take at No. 3 overall?
Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater
Bridgewater flourished in offensive coordinator Shawn Watson’s pro-style system at Louisville. The 6-foot-2, 214-pound gunslinger has been knocked for his slender frame, but his accuracy on intermediate and underneath routes is exceptional. While he had a lackluster pro day, several draft analysts note that he’s the most polished quarterback in this year’s class.
Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel
Manziel would surely generate plenty of excitement within the local fanbase. Hey, he’d even make the Jaguars a team relevant on the national radar. Although he stands at just 6 feet, 207 pounds, Manziel is built low to the ground with exceedingly big hands and feet. He’s a big play waiting to happen, but NFL evaluators want to know whether Manziel can consistently throw from the pocket.
Looking for the prototypical quarterback, who fits the mold of other notable Pro Bowlers? Look no further than Bortles. The 6-foot-5, 232-pound quarterback has the size to endure NFL-sized hits. Bortles throws with plenty of zip and is comfortable making throws on the run. Don’t let him sit in the pocket for too long because he can make you pay on the ground. While he seems to fit the mold, Bortles could need some work and might not immediately produce at the next level.
Auburn OT Greg Robinson
Jacksonville spent its second overall pick on former Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel a year ago, but could bolster the trenches by selecting Robinson. The 6-foot-5, 332-pound monster is light on his feet and can effortlessly handle a wide array of speed rushers.
Texas A&M WR Mike Evans
Jacksonville could make the first surprise move on draft day by selecting Evans. While Watkins is heading to St. Louis, the run on wide receivers has gotten an earlier start than one would presume. At 6-foot-5, 231 pounds, Evans has the frame to be a No. 1 wide receiver. His combination of length and speed allows him to win one-on-one matchups on the outside, and his ability to high point a football is unrivaled by any other player in this draft class.