We're firmly in the heart of mock draft season. Even as free agency rapidly approaches, mock drafts reign supreme. Matt Miller - one of the more respected draft analysts in the business - released his latest mock draft this week. This one was of the seven round variety. Seven round mocks are more of an effort in futility than a useful tool, but still it's worth taking a look. Here's the Jaguars first pick:
29. Dallas Goedert, SDSU
With quarterback Blake Bortles now secured for at least the 2018 season, the Jacksonville Jaguars can use pick No. 29 to address the talent around him. The team's lack of a go-to tight end shows up on film, and unless one is added in free agency, this is a need heading into the early portion of the draft.
Dallas Goedert might be a small-schooler but his tape shows top-tier talent. He has the size (6'4 ⅝", 256 lbs) and length (34" arms) to make plays in traffic and over the top of defenders. And while we haven't seen him run yet at the Senior Bowl or combine due to a hamstring injury, Goedert looks plenty fast enough to separate in the pros.
Tight end is becoming the most commonly mocked position to the Jaguars in the first round. But many disagree on just who should be the pick. Goedert might be the best pure receiver at tight end, but at this stage Hayden Hurst from South Carolina is a much more complete player, was able to show out at the combine, and looked more natural catching the ball in the gauntlet drill than many of the wide receivers. Either way the Jaguars would be adding a guy that should be able to have an impact in the middle of the field from day one.
Miller goes on to make some highly intriguing picks for the Jaguars throughout the rest of his mock draft.
Let's take a look.
61. Orlando Brown OT Okalahoma
93. Josh Sweat DE Florida State
129. Tavarus McFadden CB Florida State
203. Jaleel Scott WR New Mexico State
230. Oren Burks LB Vanderbuilt
247. Jordan Atkins TE UCF
This draft would certainly lead to mixed reviews.
Orlando Brown was one of the highest rated offensive lineman in the draft prior to the combine, but his stock has plummeted due to one of the worst combine performances of all time. He might present good value in round two, but would he make an impact in year one?
After that the Jaguars get one of the best pure athletes in the draft with defensive end Josh Sweat from FSU. The Jaguars have shown they like kids from Tallahassee, but do they really need to add someone here that will be buried on the depth chart in year one?
Another FSU prospect with their next pick - the Jaguars select CB Travarus McFadden. Many believed he would be a first round pick heading into the 2017 CFB season, but a poor showing for most of the year combined with poor testing at the combine has McFadden's draft value in a free fall.
After that the Jaguars address WR, LB, and TE - three positions that could use some work, but is adding two tight ends in this draft necessary? I also believe the Jaguars will address WR earlier than pick 203.
What do you think of this mock draft?
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