It's mock draft season. Which, as you know, means fans of every team in the NFL are ravenously scrolling though page after page of mock drafts trying to figure out what the "experts" think their team will do in the draft this coming April. Some of the opinions and ideas expressed in mock drafts are far from expert, but I digress.
Earlier today NFL.com released Charley Casserly's first one round mock draft of the season. Casserly, who should certainly be considered an expert (a former NFL GM with his finger on the pulse of the draft) was able to provide us with some highly intriguing draft picks and insight throughout his first mock of the 2018 draft.
The Jaguars have their lowest first round selection in nearly two decades. Despite having an offense that finished sixth in total yards last season the Jags have a number of needs on the offensive side of the ball. That's exactly where Casserly went with his pick for the Jags.
29. Connor Williams - OT, Texas
Cam Robinson is penciled at the left tackle spot in Jacksonville for the foreseeable future. At right tackle Jermey Parnell played at a relatively high level in 2017. But if Williams is available at number 29 the Jaguars could elect to take him and have their book end tackles for the next five plus years. Even with Parnell in the fold, Williams could kick inside to play guard to start his career. Casserly clearly has a good idea of what this team needs as he writes the Jags could also go after a wide receiver or tight end with this pick.
The addition of Williams could help the Jaguars to improve a run game that finished first in the NFL, but struggled down the stretch to impose their will throughout games.
Around the AFC South:
Casserly has the Colts taking Saquon Barkley with the third overall pick. The star running back would certainly add juice to the Colts offense, but they need help in a big way on the other side of the ball.
With the 25th pick the Titans take interior offensive lineman James Daniels from Iowa. Following a stellar performance by the Titans interior offensive line in 2016, this past season was a major disappointment. This is far from a sexy pick, but it would be a sensible one for an offense that has and should continue to feature a run heavy attack.
The Texans do not currently hold a first round pick.
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