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JACKSONVILLE – Josh Norris didn't mind pleasing Jaguars fans.

And make no mistake: The Rotoworld NFL Draft analyst said without question his most recent mock made many Jaguars followers very, very happy.

But Norris said, too, he saw logic in the Jaguars trading out of the No. 3 overall spot in the 2015 NFL Draft. In Norris' scenario, the Jaguars would trade the selection to the Cleveland Browns for the Nos. 12 and 19 selections in Round 1 and use the selections on Clemson linebacker Vic Beasley and Georgia running back Todd Gurley.

A dream Round 1 for the Jaguars?

Perhaps, but Norris said it's also one that could happen.

"Trading out and maybe even getting a future third- or fourth-round pick just makes a lot of sense for the Jaguars' team needs considering where you're selecting in this draft," Norris said during an appearance with J.P. Shadrick and John Oehser on LIVE Wednesday.

Beasley, who has been projected anywhere from No. 3 overall to the middle of the first round in many respected mock drafts, is considered one of several front-line edge rushers in the draft. Others include Dante Fowler Jr. of Florida and Randy Gregory of Nebraska.

Norris said Beasley is worthy of the No. 3 selection if the Jaguars stayed there, and also said he would be a better fit than Fowler for the Jaguars' Leo pass-rusher position.

"On his own, Vic Beasley is a very, very good prospect," Norris said, "but in this system and in this scheme, it's a perfect marriage. It's like a glove. At that wide pass-rushing position, a lot of it is about disruption and athleticism. It's about explosion and getting into the backfield.

"Vic Beasley is the best at doing that in this draft."

Gurley, who missed the final three games last season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament, is considered one of two running backs in the draft with first-round potential along with Melvin Gordon of Wisconsin.

"I love these running backs," Norris said of the 2015 class, "but I will say I think Todd Gurley is easily the top runner in this class and there's a big drop in tiers after him. Todd Gurley is a foundation piece of an offense. That is very difficult to find in any draft class and even more so in this one.

"He can change the scope of how you game plan an offense and how you're game-planned against."

While many analysts have mocked Fowler to the Jaguars at No. 3, Norris said he wouldn't necessarily rank Fowler over Beasley there.

"I think Beasley is the perfect fit at No. 3," Norris said. "Vic Beasley is the total package. If they stick at No. 3, I would still say, 'Vic Beasley is the pick,' much more than Dante Fowler in my opinion."

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