Dec 7, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes running back Carlos Hyde (34) pumps up the crowd prior to the 2013 Big 10 Championship game against the Michigan State Spartans at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Updated Jacksonville Jaguars 7-Round NFL Mock Draft

As the month of May draws closer, the status of every NFL mock draft clears.  What is the latest for the Jacksonville Jaguars?

Round 1 – Blake Bortles – QB – UCF

I understand Teddy Bridgewater may be more pro ready and Johnny Manziel brings more hype but that doesn’t change facts.  Blake Bortles is built better than anybody to play in the NFL.  He’s big, strong, mobile, smart and very good in the clutch.

Round 2 – Carlos Hyde – RB – Ohio State

Aggressive additions on defense in free agency will allow the Jacksonville Jaguars to go offense early in the draft.  Carlos Hyde will certainly remind head coach Gus Bradley of Marshawn Lynch from his days in Seattle given his power, toughness and sneaky versatility.

Round 3 – Jack Mewhort – OT – Ohio State

Another Buckeye product joins his teammate Hyde.  Luke Joeckel should return healthy at left tackle but the Jaguars could use help on the right side.  Jack Mewhort is a big, strong and nasty bulldozer who opens lanes in the run game.

Round 4 – Will Clarke – DE – West Virginia

Free agency helped the defense immediately but the Jaguars still need long-term solutions up front.  West Virginia defensive end Will Clarke is a high upside prospect with great physical traits to become versatile defensive lineman.  What he needs is proper coaching.

Round 4 (f/BAL) – Devin Street – WR – Louisville

Wide receiver figures to get multiple looks by Jacksonville in this draft.  Devin Street is a good one to start with.  Not only does he have good height but he also has deep speed that makes him a threat from any area of the field provided he can stay healthy.

Round 5 – T.J. Jones – WR – Notre Dame

One player not getting enough respect in any NFL mock draft is T.J. Jones.  The Notre Dame product plays receiver the right way from the technique on down.  His lack of standout athleticism is what holds back the praise but there is no denying the kid has the drive, smarts and hands to become a reliable target.

Round 5 (f/DET) – Trai Turner – OG – LSU

The offensive line continues to get fresh bodies thrown into the mix.  LSU guard Trai Turner has a lot of good traits about him, particularly his size and power base.  He looks like a dominant run blocker but needs more time to develop.

Round 5 (f/BAL) – Kevin Pierre-Louis – OLB – Boston College

Outside linebacker isn’t the most pressing need but it’s a position that can use some extra competition.  Kevin Pierre-Louis is much more an athlete at this stage of his development.  He lacks bulk but already has the speed and athleticism to stick.  His production at BC says he can.

Round 6 – David Fales – QB – San Jose State

Ownership of the Jacksonville Jaguars hinted the team would take two quarterbacks in the draft.  Here is their second.  David Fales makes for a perfect third-string developmental prospect.  He’s already an accurate and efficient passer with good size and vision.

Round 6 (f/SF) – Michael Sam – DE – Missouri

Somebody is going to take a chance on the leading sacker in the SEC.  Michael Sam may be famous for his being the first openly gay athlete to enter the NFL, but the Jaguars will want him for his ability to rush the passer.

Round 7 – Silas Redd – RB – USC

The late rounds are about pinpointing positions that can produce gems with development.  Running back is one such area.  While Hyde provides the power, USC product Silas Redd has the skill set to become a perfect scat back who will prove valuable on third down.

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  • Bixby23

    Interesting call re: David Fales (disclaimer: writing as an SJSU alum and admitted, shameless homer on the topic of DF). At least from the Senior Bowl and possibly before then, the Jacksonville staff expressed interest in him, and his in-game performance that week can only have furthered that interest. So projecting the Jags to draft Fales as a 2nd QB makes lots of sense.

    But quite a few teams need to add a QB this time around, and I’ll be genuinely surprised if nobody picks up Fales before round 6. Not coming from an AQ school and lacking the brand value of a Derek Carr/Jimmy Garoppolo, it would be a surprise to see Fales go before round 3, no question, but enough pro coaches and scouts have seen him in games and workouts to know how good of a pro-style QB he is. If he doesn’t go until round six, whoever does get him should be grinning ear to ear and saying “Wotta deeeeeeeeal!!!”

    • Erik Lambert

      Total agreement. He’s between rounds 4 and 6 for me.

  • 5150dogfan

    The more research you do an Bortles the more you see he is a project…….Remember Bortles was playing in CUSA until a year ago and in 2013 He, Bridgewater and Carr played almost identical “Strengths of Schedule”….If you look at his performance against better teams you will see something interesting…..Look at his ratio of INT’s based on quality of competition?????
    Bottom line is I think Bortles could make a very good NFL QB, but after digging into his film is he the best in the draft???? I have him as my #3 QB…..
    Remeber all things considered Bortles, Carr, and Bridgewater all played almost an Identiacl SOS, with Carr facing more higher ranked pass D’s over all, Bortles did face the highest one out of the 3,…..They all three faced RU and Carr’s numbers flat blow the others away….
    Statistically speaking Carr is the better QB………(BTW-Before I get the did you see the USC game comments, yes I did…..I saw a QB, take a MWC team that was completely overmatched, well recovering from a seperated shoulder he got in the prior game (against the #13 D in the nation) and still find away to put points on the board, even with an OC who only ran the ball…..6 yes 6 total time in the entire game….)
    So yeah I saw it, I was pretty impressed with the heart the kid had…….Even Patton Manning struggled when a good D was allowed to pin thier ears back and focus on the QB, and that was without a partially seperated shoulder……See the superbowl for example….

    • Erik Lambert

      Yes, Bortles is a project but so are the Jaguars. Unlike other teams they can afford to have a little patience because they’re still in the process of building. It’s true Carr has the better stats and Bridgewater has the better understanding of how to play the position. The key for me is that Bortles was pretty good in both those areas and he’s got a way better frame to withstand NFL pounding than those two. Besides, I believe the key to bringing a rookie along properly is giving him a steady running game. With the addition of Gerhart and now Hyde that is exactly what he’d have.

  • Bobby Postma

    Honestly Im happy with the RBS that we have. I don’t think we need to pick up that many, unless it’s for special team purposes. We just picked up Gerhart, and he will play good with Jordan Todman, and you know it’s only a matter of time till “shoelace” breaks out. I think we grab one more in the late rounds but focus on needs. We do need a reliable safety to back up cyprien and Evans though

    • Erik Lambert

      With all do respect, Bobby, Gerhart and Todman can’t do what Carlos Hyde can. He has that rare ability to take over games, and if you guys plan to start a rookie quarterback you’ll need that kind of player toting the rock.