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Mock draft, v1.0: Jaguars select …


JACKSONVILLE – It's still early, but it's probably time.

When it comes to this first 2016 mock draft, keep this in mind, too: This is a guess.

It is only a guess.

Realistically, it may not be an accurate one, but as we prepare for this week's 2016 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Indiana, it feels past overdue for the 2016 mock draft, version 1.0. So, the early unscientific projection here – two days before the combine and 65 lo-oo-oo-ooog days until the April 28-30 2016 NFL Draft – is the Jaguars' selection at No. 5 overall will be …

Jalen Ramsey, cornerback/safety, Florida State University.


There are a few reasons for projecting Ramsey to the Jaguars. One is that the team has a need at free safety, and another is that Ramsey is versatile enough to play both free safety and corner. If the Jaguars are successful in finding a free safety in free agency and Ramsey is available, he could play corner early in his career and safety later. Or he could move there quickly if the starter there is injured/ineffective.

Another reason to select Ramsey is that fewer and fewer mock drafts lately are projecting him to the Jaguars. Most believe he won't make it past San Diego at No. 3 and that Ohio State edge rusher could be the Jaguars' selection. Yeah, we could go with Bosa here, but that would be following the pack.

And where's the fun in that?

So, for now – and perhaps for now only – the projection is Ramsey.

Maybe. And maybe not. We'll see.

Here's version 1.0 of the 2016 mock draft:

1.Tennessee | Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss

2.Cleveland | Jared Goff, QB, California

3.San Diego |Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame

4.Dallas | Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State

5.Jacksonville | Jalen Ramsey, CB/FS, Florida State

6.Baltimore | Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Florida

7.San Francisco | Myles Jack, OLB, UCLA

8.Miami | Noah Spence, DE, Eastern Kentucky

9.Tampa Bay | Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson

10.New York Giants | Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State

11.Chicago | DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon

12.New Orleans |Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss

13.Philadelphia | A'Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama

14.Oakland | Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson

15.Los Angeles | Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State

16.Detroit | Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State

17.Atlanta | Reggie Ragland, ILB, Alabama

18.Indianapolis | Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State

19.Buffalo | Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss

20.New York Jets | Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia

21.Washington | Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama

22.Houston | Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis

23.Minnesota | Darron Lee, OLB, Ohio State

24.Cincinnati | Braxton Miller, WR, Ohio State

25.Pittsburgh | Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State

26.Seattle | Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville

27.Green Bay |Andrew Billings, NT, Baylor

28.Kansas City | Vernon Butler, DT, Louisiana Tech

29.Arizona | Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson

30.Carolina |Darian Thompson, S, Boise State

31.Denver | Cody Whitehair, OG, Kansas State

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