2011 ROTB Mock Draft: Jaguars Seek To Boost Defense

The mock draft is now halfway complete. The Jacksonville Jaguars make the 16th in the draft. The defensive side of the ball is still the focus. Both the writers' and community's pick are defensive players. That makes 10 defensive players for the writers and 11 for the community in the first 16. They do say that "defense wins championships," so I guess it makes sense. Plus, the defensive talent in this draft class is heavy at the top. Most projections have defensive players being majority of the first part of the first round.

The writer pick for the Jaguars is a bit of a risk, but with a definite high reward, while the community pick is a solid one. The community GM was blank_38 and I picked for the writers. 

Next up are the New England Patriots and the first of two picks in the first round. This pick would have been for the Raiders, but the Richard Seymour trade gave it to the Pats. Drullin'OverDaCards and Cardsfan08 are up as GMs. Email me your picks and explanations by 11PM AZ time tonight. You know the rules -- no trades, no drafting guys that have been drafted. 

Remember that what makes this even better is healthy debate. Put in your two cents.

blank_38:

Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue

The Jacksonville Jaguars have plenty of needs going into the draft and they all are on the defensive side of the ball. They allowed 250.2 yards per game and only forced 26 sacks all year long. Ryan Kerrigan is a speed 4-3 DE and is an excellent pass rusher. He is relentless all game long and plays with a violent, tenacious attitude. He has high character and is exactly the kind of guy GM Gene Smith is looking for. The only problems are he is 6'4, 267 lbs. and is undersized for a NFL defensive end. He would need to add some weight which could affect his best ability, his speed. But, overall he is a solid pick and should be at least a decent player for them for many years.

Me:

Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado

Jacksonville is deciding to take a chance on Smith, whose on-field skills are not in doubt. He has the potential to be an absolute shutdown cornerback and has been compared by some to Nnamdi Asomugha of the Raiders. He does everything well in coverage except struggles making interceptions. You might say that this is an important thing, but considering he showed the ability to completely shut down receivers without taking the ball away is something to live with.

His supposed character issues are not going to come into play. Jacksonville feels that whatever happened in Smith's early college years are behind him, and he owned up to his mistakes. In a division that has Peyton Manning, having an island to eliminate one of the several offensive threats that the Colts have is about the only way they can go.

Results of mock draft:

Draft Pick

Team

2010 Record

Community GM Pick

Writer GM Pick

1

Carolina

(2-14)

Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama

Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn

2

Denver

(4-12)

Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU

3

Buffalo

(4-12)

Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri

4

Cincinnati

(4-12)

A.J. Green , WR, Georgia A.J. Green , WR, Georgia

5

Arizona

(5-11)

Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M

6

Cleveland

(5-11)

Robert Quinn, DE, UNC Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson

7

San Francisco

(6-10)

Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska

8

Tennesee

(6-10)

Cam Newton, QB Auburn Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama

9

Dallas

(6-10)

Nick fairley, DT, Auburn Robert Quinn, DE, UNC

10

Washington

(6-10)

Julio Jones, WR, Alabama Julio Jones, WR, Alabama

11

Houston

(6-10)

Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska JJ Watts, DE, Wisconsin

12

Minnesota

(6-10)

J.J. Watts, DE, Wisconsin Cam Newton, QB, Auburn

13

Detroit

(6-10)

Aldon Smith, DE, Missouri Tyron Smith, OT, USC

14

St. Louis

(7-9)

Cameron Jordan, DE, California Aldon Smith, DE, Missouri

15

Miami

(7-9)

Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama

16

Jacksonville

(8-8)

Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado

17

New England

(14-2)

18

San Diego

(9-7)

19

NY Giants

(10-6)

20

Tampa Bay

(10-6)

21

Kansas City

(10-6)

22

Indianapolis

(10-6)

23

Philadelphia

(10-6)

24

New Orleans

(11-5)

25

Seattle

(7-9)

26

Baltimore

(12-4)

27

Atlanta

(13-3)

28

New England

(14-2)

29

Chicago

(11-5)

30

NY Jets

(11-5)

31

Pittsburgh

(12-4)

32

Green Bay

(10-6)


Draft assignments and team needs for New England Patriots, according to drafttek.com

17

New England

(14-2)

Drullin'OverDaCards

CardsFan08

3-4 DE, 3-4 OLB, CB, RB, WR, OG, OT

 

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