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Mock draft 1.0: At No. 4 overall …

Posted Mar 20, 2017

Louisiana State running back Leonard Fournette is the projection for the Jaguars at No. 4 overall in senior writer John Oehser’s first jaguars.com 2017 mock draft …


JACKSONVILLE – This is a mock. This is only a mock.

That means this jaguars.com 2017 mock draft version 1.0 is everything the title suggests – a mock, a projection … nothing official, way too early … etc., etc., etc. …

Etc.

So, the selection at No. 4 overall? That selection of Louisiana State running back Leonard Fournette to the Jaguars? That must be read with the following caveat:

We’re more than five weeks out from the 2017 NFL Draft. There’s a lot of speculation remaining.

How much will change between now and the draft? Who knows? But the thought here is there’s going to be much debate between now and April 27 about the strengths at the top of the draft. Indeed, this feels like a year when much will fluctuate in the final month leading to the draft.

Will Solomon Thomas continue his pre-draft surge?

Will Jonathan Allen’s shoulders cause a long, long fall?

Will a quarterback get pushed into the Top 5? Two quarterbacks?

Will the Jaguars find a need-talent fit?

All are legitimate questions, and there’s going to be a ton of debate about whether the Jaguars should select defensive line, or maybe even quarterback, or running back with the fourth overall selection.

So, why Fournette in this mock?

Because it feels like the Jaguars need an impact offensive player, and it doesn’t feel like that will be wide receiver at No. 4. And because No. 4 just feels too early to select Alabama tight end O.J. Howard. And because No. 4 also feels too early for any of the quarterbacks in this year’s draft.

Pass rusher would be a real possibility. And if an elite pass-rusher were there at No. 4, then that certainly would feel like the choice. But Thomas, a defensive end from Stanford, is projected as being gone before No. 4 in this draft – and he’s not a prototypical edge rusher. Allen also isn’t a prototypical edge player – and questions over arthritis in his shoulders could move him out of the Top 5.

So, for now, the projection is Fournette because the Jaguars want to improve the running game, which in turn could help quarterback Blake Bortles, and the defense, and the pass protection… etc., etc., etc. …

Etc.

Here’s the jaguars.com 2017 mock draft v 1.0:

1. Cleveland | Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M

2. San Francisco | Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford

3. Chicago | Jamal Adams, S, Louisiana State

4. Jacksonville | Leonard Fournette, RB, Louisiana State

5. Tennessee (via Rams) | Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State

6. New York Jets | Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State

7. Los Angeles Chargers | Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee

8. Carolina | Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan

9. Cincinnati | Jonathan Allen, DE, Alabama

10. Buffalo | Mike Williams, WR, Clemson

11. New Orleans | Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State

12. Cleveland (via Eagles) | Mitch Trubisky, QB, North Carolina

13. Arizona | Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama

14.Philadelphia (via Vikings) | Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama

15. Indianapolis | Garett Bolles, OT, Utah

16. Baltimore | Charles Harris, DE, Missouri

17. Washington | Forrest Lamp, OG, Western Kentucky

18. Tennessee | John Ross, WR, Washington

19. Tampa Bay | Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State

20. Denver | Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama

21. Detroit | Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin

22. Miami | O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama

23. New York Giants | Malik McDowell, DT, Michigan State

24. Oakland | Tre’Davious White, CB, Louisiana

25. Houston | Patrick Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech

26. Seattle | Tim Williams, OLB, Alabama

27. Kansas City | Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford

28. Dallas | David Njoku, TE, Miami

29. Green Bay | Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan

30. Pittsburgh | Jabrill Peppers, S, Michigan

31. Atlanta | Kevin King, CB, Washington

32. New Orleans (via Patriots) | Haasan Reddick, DE, Temple

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