The Jacksonville Jaguars need a bunch of help on both sides of the ball. They don't have a capable quarterback under center or a true No. 1 wide receiver on the outside. Their former Pro Bowl running back, Maurice Jones-Drew, held out into training camp and missed a vast majority of the season with injuries.
Meanwhile they racked up the least amount of sacks in the entire NFL last season and were atrocious against the pass as a result. No, there isn't a whole heck of a lot to like about this team as it is currently configured. With a lack of success comes high picks. It is now time for Jacksonville to start building that way moving forward.
Let's take a look at our seven-round Jaguars' mock draft.
1. Bjoern Werner, Defensive End, Florida State
As I mentioned before, Jacksonville tallied the last amount of sacks (20) in the NFL last season. Coming off a stellar '11 campaign that saw him get to the quarterback eight times, Jeremy Mincey picked up just three sacks in 16 games this past season. In addition, 2012 second-round pick Andre Branch, who was drafted as a pass rusher from the outside, started three games and recorded just one sack.
Werner is the best defensive end in the draft, right ahead of Jarvis Jones (who I have as more of a 3-4 OLB). Despite lazy analysis that indicates the Florida State product is simply a high-motor player, he has a solid combination of pass-rush moves from the outside. He is someone that can come in and record double-digit takedowns in his rookie season, improving on that numbers as his experience increases.
2. Robert Woods, Wide Receiver, Southern California
Let me start this off by saying that I am not huge on Woods as a first-round prospect. While he does have the pedigree and past success that seems to translate to the NFL, there are still a lot of holes in his game on the outside. That being said, he offers Jacksonville solid value at a need postion atop the second round. Combine Justin Blackmon with Woods at wide receiver and the Jaguars have something going for whoever is under center.
3. Ryan Nassib, Quarterback, Syracuse
Those who have Nassib going in the first round are obviously seeing more than I on tape. While not going as far as to say they are wrong, I just see a whole bunch of consistency. He lacks fluidity in his motion in the pocket, struggles with accuracy on intermediate routes and isn't too great in reaching his secondary reads. Pretty much a perfect project quarterback to be taken in the third round because the talent is most definitely there. Nassib possesses a stronger arm than Blaine Gabbert and has a lot more upside than Chad Henne, two quarterbacks currently on the Jaguars' roster. If he were to fall to them in the third, I see no reason for the Jaguars to pass on him.
4. Brian Winters, Guard, Kent State
The interior of Jacksonville's offensive line is an absolute disaster right now. As you already know contending teams have done a heck of a job building their rosters from the inside out, meaning that they have solid offensive and defensive lines. Jacksonville lacks both. Winters provides value at a need position here. He is as solid in the run game as he is in pass protecting. While playing at a small school has limited Winters' media, he is a darn fine football player. In fact, the Kent State product could be a day-one starter. Hard to pass that up in the fourth round.
5. Mike Gillislee Running Back Florida
This talented running back tallied over 1,100 rushing yards in route to First-Team All SEC honors in '12. It was his first (and only) season as Florida's primary running back. Gillislee might lack a strong bust between the hashes and physicality, but he can catch the ball out of the backfield and is solid in pass protection. In addition, he works well running to the outside. With injury and contract issues for Maurice Jones-Drew, it makes sense for Jacksonville to look running back at some point. You also have to take into account Rashad Jennings' issues staying on the field the last two seasons.
6. Levine Toilolo, Tight End, Stanford
Personally, I don't believe Toilolo entering the draft was a great idea for him. With Zach Ertz leaving Stanford, it seemed to make more sense for him to go back to Palo Alto and become a starter in '13. As it is, Toilolo is a talented, high-upside tight end. Marcedes Lewis' future in Jacksonville is also in question.
7. Emory Blake, Wide Receiver, Auburn
It makes sense for Jacksonville to add more depth at wide receiver. Cecil Shorts and Laurent Robinson are solid secondary options after Justin Blackmon, but acquiring a project receiver in the seventh could push another marginal veteran off the roster.
7. Emmett Cleary, Offensive Tackle, Boston College
Cameron Bradfield and Guy Whimper are not relacement-level starters opposite Eugene Monroe , heck neither seem to be solid backups. I am not saying Cleary will represent an improvement in '13, but he could push for a backup role on this less than talented team.
*Picks from my seven-round mock draft.