ESPN's Mel Kiper released his Mock Draft 3.0 on Wednesday. The mock covers the entire first round of the upcoming NFL Draft. At 29 Kiper has the Jaguars taking a talented WR. Here's his pick and the reasoning behind it:
29. DJ Moore, WR, Maryland
Moore is one of my favorite prospects in this class, and he tested off the charts at the combine (4.42 40 and 11-foot broad jump). He could be a No. 1 receiver in time, and he'll be an impact returner as a rookie. Jacksonville lost top wideout Allen Robinson in free agency and will try to replace him with a combination of Dede Westbrook, Donte Moncrief and Keelan Cole. Why not take a big-time receiver on Day 1 and fill that hole?
At 29 I don't exactly disagree with the idea of the Jaguars taking a WR that they feel can help to take the offense to the next level in terms of consistency. Moore is a fine prospect with decent size, impressive athleticism, strong tape, and the ability to contribute on special teams. And the Jaguars have made it a point this offseason to improve the third phase of the game. However, I believe if the Jaguars elect to go WR in the first round they should look elsewhere. Moore projects to be a solid starting WR in the NFL, but there's another player at the position on the board in Kiper's mock draft that has more star potential and a skill set that compliments the rest of the Jaguars current WR corp a bit better. Courtland Sutton from SMU could be an immediate replacement for the recently departed Allen Robinson. Sutton stands 6'3'' and weighs in at 218 lbs. He's got an NFL body and elite production in college. His physicality and hands were his best features heading into the draft process, but he tested better than expected athletically. With his 4.5 40 yard dash, 35.5" vertical and elite times in the 3 cone drill and both shuttle drills Sutton appears to have all the tools to become an immediate impact player at the next level.
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