It’s almost that time of year, when owners, coaches, general managers, and the rest of the front office lock themselves in a room and heavily debate which players to draft to improve the team. This room is called the “War Room” for a reason. Everyone in this room is heavily opinionated and has become attached to a prospect that they don’t believe the team can do without.
In this segment, we will put ourselves in the war room and go over the picks we believe teams need to make when they’re on the clock. We’ll cover all 32 teams, but today’s segment is dedicated to the: Jacksonville Jaguars.
Last year, the Jaguars pulled the surprise of the first round in selecting Cal defensive lineman Tyson Alualu with the 10th pick. This year, there’s a good deal of uncertainty surrounding the pick as Jacksonville could go a number of ways in the first round from quarterback to secondary to pass rusher.
David Garrard is not the future of the Jacksonville Jaguars and his tenure at the wheel is likely up as soon as the Jags find somebody capable of taking over. It may be difficult for Jacksonville to grab a quarterback in the first being as though Cam Newton and Blaine Gabbert should be gone by the time the Jags pick at #16, but don’t be surprised if Jacksonville trades down or waits until the second round hoping to grab a passer. Then again, Jacksonville nabbed Alualu at #10 overall knowing he wouldn’t be available when they picked again in the third round; what’s stopping them from doing the same with a quarterback? The Jaguars other major need on the offense is wide receiver.
Despite using their first four selections on defensive linemen, help on the defensive line remains a priority for Jacksonville, particularly at defensive end where a pass rusher is needed. A defensive end is largely expected to be the pick. Jacksonville also has to find help in the secondary. They need an upgrade at cornerback and safety and a few defensive backs should be selected in this year’s draft.
Jacksonville Jaguars Mock Draft
Round 1 (#16): Aldon Smith, DE, Missouri Tigers: There is a lot of upside with Smith, who still has some developing to do and could have possibly helped his draft stock tremendously by returning to college for another season. This is a guy with top-ten talent that may be available at #16 because he’s a raw prospect. Jacksonville needs to find help in the pass rush.
Round 2 (#49): Aaron Williams, S, Texas Longhorns: The secondary is such an urgent need for the Jaguars that if a quarterback is not available with this pick, I fully expect this selection to be a cornerback or safety.
Round 3 (#80): Kendric Burney, CB, North Carolina Tar Heels: Depending on the number of cornerbacks taken in the first two rounds, the Jaguars may decide to take another defensive back in the third round after selecting a safety in the second.
Round 4 (#114): Lawrence Wilson, OLB, Connecticut Huskies: While not mentioned in the introduction, the Jaguars could also look for a replacement at outside linebacker. Wilson recorded over 100 tackles in three of his four seasons at UConn and sacked the quarterback four times in each of the last two seasons.
Round 4 (#121) from New Orleans Saints: Terrence Toliver, WR, LSU Tigers: Finding help in the passing game will be a priority for the Jaguars. Tolliver played in a meager passing offense at LSU, but he’s talented, tall and should push for playing time early in his career.
Round 5 (#147): Nathan Enderle, QB, Idaho Vandals: If the Jaguars miss out on a quarterback in the first or second rounds, I like them to take one in the later rounds. At the very least, he’ll give Jacksonville another option at the position and push Garrard. He could even step in if Garrard falters at some point during the season.
Round 6 (#182): Ricky Elmore, DE, Arizona Wildcats: Elmore recorded 10 sacks in 2009 and 11 in 2010. He reportedly worked out for and met with the Jags at his pro day and would bring another pass rusher to Jacksonville.
That’s how it played out in our Mock of the Jacksonville Jaguars “War Room”