Are you ready for mock draft season?
If not, this may not be the column for you. I'm going to take you around the web to look at four mock drafts that have been released within the last two days! All aboard the mock draft express!
We'll start off with Trevor Sikkema's (The Draft Network) latest mock that was released on Monday.
Trevor has the Jaguars trading up to the one spot to take QB Dwayne Haskins. Here's Trevor's rationale:
You’re going to read a million mock drafts between now and April — hopefully most of which are on the draft network dot com. I’ve seen too many mocks that look far too similar when we all know the draft is an unpredictable beast. You know some teams are going to shoot their shot and change the course of the entire draft.
I don't completely disagree with the logic here, or the idea that too many mock drafts around the web look far too similar.
If the Jaguars' brass believe Dwayne Haskins is going to be a franchise QB then, by all means, they should do what they can to make sure he ends up in Duval. This would certainly be the most interesting draft day trade in franchise history for the Jaguars.
Next up we head to CBS Sports and look at the latest mock draft from Ryan Wilson. Wilson also has the Jaguars trading up in this one, but he doesn't think they'll need to get all the way to number one to get Haskins. Here, the Jaguars trade pics with the Buccaneers to leapfrog the Giants. Take a look at what Wilson has to say:
The Jaguars get their franchise quarterback, which officially ends the Blake Bortles era in Jacksonville. The only question becomes how long before Haskins, who finally declared for the draft, assumes the starting job full time.
This would be a more palatable trade for the Jaguars as it would require far less sacrifice in terms of draft or player capital on the Jaguars end. However, it seems possible — likely even — that the Jaguars will need to get higher than five in order to ensure that Haskins winds up in Jacksonville.
Our third stop is over at SB Nation. Dan Kadar released his latest mock on Monday and has the Jaguars going in a much different direction that the previous two drafts we've looked at in this here article. In this one the Jaguars stay put at seven and don't take a QB in round one. He has the Jaguars selecting Ole Miss tackle Greg Little.
The Jaguars could turn to a veteran quarterback this offseason if they miss out on Haskins. After that, Jacksonville could turn its attention to the offensive line. The team will get Cam Robinson back from a torn ACL, but he could shift to the right side of the line. Little, one of the most athletically gifted tackle in the draft, could slot in on the left. If the Jaguars don’t have a high grade on him, a trade down to target a wide receiver is possible.
While I do think the Jaguars could use some help at the tackle spot, especially with Jermey Parnell expected to depart, this isn't my favorite selection. Cam Robinson has never played on the right side in his life, so there's no guarantee that it would be smooth transition. Plus, the Jaguars selected Will Richardson in the fourth round next year. He should be given an opportunity to win the starting right tackle job. There's also the thought that the Jaguars need more help with their playmakers and QB than they do on the O-line.
Our final stop is at Bleacher Report, where Joe Tansey has the Jaguars taking Greg Little at seven. There's no explanation for the picks in this mock draft, but I'm sure Tansey's line of thinking would be similar to Kadar's from SB Nation. The idea of having two book end tackles in enticing, but I don't believe there's enough evidence yet to give up on Will Richardson and the need at QB may be to much to pass on one in round one.
In two of the latest mock drafts from this week we see the Jaguars trading up to select Dwayne Haskins, an idea that seems to be very popular nationally and in Jacksonville. In the other two we see the team landing Greg Little, another SEC tackle to pair with Cam Robinson.
Which option would you prefer? Let us know in the comments below!
Happy Hump Day, Duval!