JACKSONVILLE – Talk about your quick turnarounds.
It was only a couple of weeks ago, after all, when we rolled out jaguars.com 2015 mock draft version 2.0. Here we are just two weeks later with v 3.0.
But although two weeks is perhaps a short time between mocks, think of all that has happened in that time. First, there were two weeks of Pro Days, including on-campus workouts for high-profile prospect such as Leonard Williams, Randy Gregory, Marcus Mariota, Kevin White, Amari Cooper …
And then last week there was the opening of the NFL's 2015 free-agency period, which in theory at least could have at least some effect on what happens in the first round of the NFL Draft.
So, is it time for another mock draft?
You betcha it is, and version 3.0 will indeed reflect the past two weeks as best as possible. That doesn't mean much in the first five-to-seven selections, because teams there typically have many needs and are choosing best-available player. Free-agent signings have little influence there.
As far as Pro Days, there hasn't been much rising and falling based on those this offseason. Most of this offseason's on-campus workouts have merely served to confirm what scouts and analysts believed about players, with most top prospects standing on their timed and measured performances from the NFL Scouting Combine in February. Even when quarterback Marcus Mariota reportedly was "underwhelming" at Oregon's Pro Day it didn't appear to hurt his draft stock much. Teams feel about Mariota as they feel about him, and an on-campus throwing session wasn't going to change that either way.
As for the choice for the Jaguars, that won't change from the last mock, either.
The guess here remains the Jaguars will go defensive end/linebacker at No. 3 – if they stay at No. 3. Not getting a slot receiver in free agency makes receiver make a touch more sense there … but not enough sense to pass up the chance for a premier pass rusher in the Top 5.
So, the selection for the Jaguars at No. 3 remains Florida defensive end Dante Fowler, Jr. For now.
The draft is still nearly six weeks away. Plenty can change.
Here's v3.0 of the jaguars.com 2015 mock draft:
Selection. Team| Player, Position, School
1.Tampa Bay | Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State
2.Tennessee | Leonard Williams, DE/DT, Southern California
3.Jacksonville | Dante Fowler, Jr., DE/OLB, Florida
4.Oakland | Kevin White, WR, West Virginia
5.Washington | Randy Gregory, DE/LB, Nebraska
6.New York Jets | Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
7.Chicago | Danny Shelton, DT, Washington
8.Atlanta | Shane Ray, DE/LB, Missouri
9.New York Giants | Vic Beasley, LB, Clemson
10.St. Louis | La'el Collins, OT, Louisiana State
11.Minnesota | Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama
12.Cleveland| Arik Armstead, DT, Oregon
13.New Orleans | Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State
14.Miami | Devante Parker, WR, Louisville
15.San Francisco | Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa
16.Houston | Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Oklahoma
17.San Diego | Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin
18.Kansas City| Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford
19.Cleveland | Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State
20.Philadelphia | Landon Collins, S, Alabama
21.Cincinnati | Malcom Brown, DT, Texas
22.Pittsburgh | Bud Dupree, OLB, Kentucky
23.Detroit | Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami
24.Arizona | Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia
25.Carolina | D.J. Humphries, OT, Florida
26.Baltimore | Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State
27.Dallas |Preston Smith, DE, Mississippi State
28.Denver | Jordan Phillips, DT, Oklahoma
29.Indianapolis | Cameron Erving, C, Florida State
30.Green Bay | Eric Kendricks, ILB, UCLA
31.Seattle | Eli Harold, OLB, Virginia
32.New England | Marcus Peters, CB, Washington