JACKSONVILLE – This is only a guess.
Repeat, this is only a guess, this jaguars.com mock draft version 1.0 that we're running on this Monday – less than a week after the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine.
That means it's too early – way too early – to read much into any of the selections projected for the first round of the April 25-27 2013 NFL Draft on this site or anywhere else. And that's particularly true of the selection for the Jaguars at No. 2 overall in the first round.
Today's choice? Ezekial "Ziggy" Ansah, defensive end, Brigham Young.
We say "today's choice" because we're seven weeks away from the draft. In most years, that's a long, long time. In this year's draft it feels even longer.
That's because the Top 5 of this year's draft long has been a muddled, hard-to-predict mess. That changed ever-so-slightly last week when it was learned that the Kansas City Chiefs next week will trade with the San Francisco 49ers to obtain quarterback Alex Smith.
That took West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith out of the conversation at No. 1, and moved him into the discussion for the Jaguars at No. 2. It also moved Texas A&M left tackle Luke Joeckel solidly into the No. 1 spot in the eyes of most analysts. The problem is, Geno Smith is one of a slew of players currently in the discussion at No. 2, and all seem to make just about the same amount of sense.
Ansah. Louisiana State defensive end/linebacker Barkevious Moore. Central Michigan left tackle Eric Fisher. Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner. Florida defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd. Florida State defensive end Bjoern Werner.
All are getting mentioned, and with Jaguars General Manager David Caldwell understandably saying nothing about the selection just yet and maybe not for quite a long while, all of the speculation remains just that, speculation.
So for now, because mock drafts generate interest – and, of course, page views – we'll offer Ansah as the choice at No. 2 for the Jaguars. He's an ascending pass rusher with a ton of upside, and amid the pre-draft speculation, many are speculating that he could rise to the top of a lot of teams' boards by April 25. So, he's as good a choice as any.
Will he indeed be at the top of the Jaguars'? Stayed tuned.
Meanwhile, here's the jaguars.com 2013 mock draft, version 1.0:
1 | Kansas City | Luke Joeckel, OL, Kansas City | Alex Smith trade has most believing Chiefs take Joeckel
2 | Jacksonville | Ziggy Ansah, DE, Brigham Young | What do they do? This guess as good as any for now
3 | Oakland | Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida | May be best available here come draft day
4 | Philadelphia | Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan | Don't rule out him being gone two spots higher
5 | Detroit | Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama | Lions almost sure to use this pick on some level defensively
6 | Cleveland | Dion Jordan, DE/OLB, Oregon | Stock is rising fast; maybe fast enough to go here
7 | Arizona | Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia | If he merits going this high, he may go even earlier
8 | Buffalo | Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee | May be willing to go up from here for Geno Smith
9 | NY Jets | Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama | Much higher than this for Warmack would be surprise
10 | Tennessee | Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina | Hard to see this not being Warmack/Cooper
11 | San Diego | Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma | Seems this one has been penciled in for a while
12 | Miami | Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah | If Patterson is here, they may take him; if not, best D-tackle?
13 | Tampa Bay | Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State | Combine sent his stock soaring; maybe it will soar to here
14 | Carolina | Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri | If Lotulelei slides, this may be his landing spot
15 | New Orleans | Jarvis Jones, DE/LB Georgia | Health would be the only reason he slides this far
16 | St. Louis | Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia | Rams go receiver with first of two first-rounders
17 | Pittsburgh | Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State | One of year's hardest players to project; could go in Top 5
18 | Dallas | DJ Fluker, OT, Alabama | First right tackle taken in a deep year on the offensive line
19 | NY Giants | Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame | No. 1 tight end on most boards fills need for Giants
20 | Chicago | Alec Ogletree, ILB, Georgia | A team ignoring off-field issues could take him much earlier
21 | Cincinnati | Barkevious Mingo, DE, Louisiana State | Like Werner, could go much, much earlier in late April
22 | St. Louis (from Washington) | Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas | Would be just as good a pick at No. 16
23 | Minnesota | Keenan Allen, WR, California | Vikings would love to have Patterson, Austin slip
24 | Indianapolis | Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington | If top O-lineman slides, Colts may not pass
25 | Seattle | Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor | Seahawks could look at pass rusher here, too
26 | Green Bay | Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama | Only back who appears to have a chance to go in first round
27 | Houston | Matt Elam, S, Florida | Houston also could reach for a receiver here; the need is strong
28 | Denver | Johnthan Banks, CB, Miss. State | Broncos need to upgrade corner; he may slip to second
29 | New England | Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State | Could round out a deep first round for tackles
30 | Atlanta | Cornelius Carradine, DE, Florida State | A move to replace John Abraham seems logical here
31 | San Fran | Sylvester Williams, DT, Alabama | If Hankins doesn't end Round 1 DT run, Williams may
32 | Baltimore | Manti Te'o, LB, Notre Dame | If speed doesn't scare Ravens, he may replace Ray Lewis