With the 2013 NFL Draft around the corner, I wanted to create a mock draft for each team in the AFC South, so I decided to start with the team that struggled the most in 2013: the Jacksonville Jaguars. It’s no secret the Jaguars are going to need to have a really good draft in order to contend for the playoffs after a lack of free agency movement. But with only seven picks, it will be a very difficult task.
1st Round – 2nd Overall: QB Geno Smith, West Virginia
The Jaguars are going to have a lot of options at the 2nd overall spot. There are a lot of defensive players that could be taken here by the Jags, but I feel they’ll ultimately go with the #1 quarterback in the draft Geno Smith. The Jaguars have made it no secret that they plan to draft a quarterback in this year’s draft, so why not get the best one. If they really want to rebuild the franchise with new owner Shad Khan and head coach Gus Bradley, getting a franchise quarterback is the first step.
2nd Round – 33rd Overall – OT Melenik Watson, Florida State
After getting their franchise quarterback, the Jaguars now look to solidify the right tackle position. Cameron Bradfield cannot be your starting right tackle when the 2013 season kicks off if you want any chance of winning games.
3rd Round – 64th Overall – CB DJ Hayden, Houston
With Aaron Ross, Derek Cox, and Rashean Mashis departing via free agency, the Jags are wildly thin at the cornerback position. This pick has to a no-brainer. You cannot have Mike Harris as your best cornerback going into 2013. Opposing quarterbacks will have a field day every time they face the Jaguars if they don’t do something soon.
4th Round – 98th Overall – DE John Simon – Ohio State
Last year, Andre Branch was selected to help the defensive end position get more sacks. Unfortunately, he didn’t even come close to doing that. I’m not completely writing him off, and the Jaguars shouldn’t either. however, with the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year still on the board, the Jaguars need to pounce.
5th Round – 135th Overall – CB Tharold Simon, LSU
I noted earlier how weak the Jaguars secondary is, so adding another cornerback isn’t such a bad idea, especially when a cornerback from LSU is still on the board in the fifth round.
6th Round – 169th Overall – SS Robert Lester, Alabama
The Jaguars continue to add depth to a very weak secondary that lost safety Dawan Landry early in free agency.
7) 7th Round – 208th Overall – TE Nick Kasa, Colorado
Jaguars pick up a 6’6 tight end to plug-in behind Mercedes Lewis.
AFC South Mock Draft Schedule:
April 20 – Jacksonville Jaguars
April 23 – Houston Texans