JACKSONVILLE – Talk about a quick turnaround.
If it seems as if we just issued version v2.0 of the Jaguars.com 2016 mock draft – and if it seems like this is really, really soon for 3.0 … we did, and it is. So, why so soon?
The first wave of 2016 free agency has come and gone, that's why.
With that first wave complete, pressing needs – some perceived and others very real – have changed for teams throughout the NFL. That's true not only in the first few selections, but throughout the first round.
How will free agency change the top of the draft? For the Jaguars, how will signing Malik Jackson, Tashaun Gipson and Prince Amukamara change what is expected to be a defensive focus with the No. 5 overall selection in the 2016 NFL Draft?
That remains to be seen, but the needs would seem likely to have at least some influence on where teams will go early in the first round. Now that the Jaguars have signed Tashaun Gipson is there a pressing need for Florida State cornerback Jalen Ramsey?
Would missing on an edge rusher in free agency sway them to Joey Bosa of Ohio State?
The guess here is the latter might well be the case, but UCLA linebacker Myles Jack, Ramsey and even end DeForest Buckner of Oregon remain compelling possibilities for the Jaguars at No. 5.
For now, the projection for the Jaguars is Bosa because he's available in this draft – and because a pass rusher there might just be too hard for the Jaguars to pass.
With that in mind, here's 3.0 of the 2016 jaguars.com mock draft:
1.Tennessee | Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss
2.Cleveland | Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State
3.San Diego | DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon
4.Dallas | Jalen Ramsey, CB/FS, Florida State
5.Jacksonville | Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State
6.Baltimore | Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame
7.San Francisco | Myles Jack, OLB, UCLA
8.Philadelphia| Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Florida
9.Tampa Bay | Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson
10.New York Giants | Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State
11.Chicago | A'Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama
12.New Orleans | Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama
13.Miami | Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State
14.Oakland | Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State
15.Los Angeles | Jared Goff, QB, California
16.Detroit | Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss
17.Atlanta | Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson
18.Indianapolis | Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State
19.Buffalo | Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss
20.New York Jets | Noah Spence, DE, Eastern Kentucky
21.Washington | Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson
22.Houston | Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama
23.Minnesota | Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame
24.Cincinnati | Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville
25.Pittsburgh | William Jackson III, CB, Houston
26.Seattle | Vernon Butler, DT, Louisiana Tech
27.Green Bay | Reggie Ragland, ILB, Alabama
28.Kansas City | Darron Lee, OLB, Ohio State
29.Arizona | Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia
30.Carolina | Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma State
31.Denver | Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis