It’s early on in Mock draft season, but things are already shaking up.
“It’s the most wonderful time of the year”! The holidays are here, a new Star Wars film is dropping, and mock drafts are starting to crank out. That means that the offseason is fast approaching, which as of late has been the only enjoyable time of the NFL year for Jaguars fans. Most of the mock drafts so far have had the Jags taking one of three players: Alabama’s Johnathan Allen, LSU’s Leonard Fournette, or Michigan’s Jabrill Peppers. However, ESPN’s Todd McShay has decided to shake things up in the early going.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars
Jamal Adams, S, LSU*
Assuming he leaves school early, Adams will be one of the most complete players in this draft. He can stuff the run as an in-the-box safety, he can cover and he's a great leader to bring into your locker room. The Jaguars need to continue to invest resources in their secondary.
Well, this pick is certainly...interesting? Don’t get me wrong, I am not trying to rain on Adams’ parade, as he certainly seems to be a capable prospect, and the Jaguars could use some safety help. But at third overall? The value just doesn’t seem to be there, especially when considering the likelihood that a top level pass rusher will still be available.
It’s no secret the Jaguars will need to upgrade their safety positions this offseason, as Tashaun Gipson has been underwhelming as a free agent signing, and Jonathan Cyprien’s contract expires after this year. Neither player has played at a consistent high level for the Jags, so some help on the back end would be a welcomed addition. I’m just not sure that using the third overall pick to acquire that help makes much sense, at least value wise.
What do you think? Is this a good pick for the Jaguars, or would you be upset if this ends up being the selection?