With the second pick in the 2013 Dawgs By Nature NFL Community Mock Draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars select...
Dion Jordan, DE/OLB, Oregon
This selection and write-up was made by Adrock2099:
This has to be one of the most difficult drafts I've ever had to randomly pi... thoroughly research and thoughtfully choose for. Every single mock has a different top five, and some have completely different players in them than others. Forget about an obvious first pick, there is barely even a consensus top ten this year.
Now then, onto the Jaguars. This team is bad. Bad teams have lots of positions they need to improve. Usually this makes things easy for a mock drafter: you simply pick the best person available and everyone says "yeah, makes sense dude" or "solid pick brah, let's go lift." The parity among this year's top prospects throws a big old nasty monkey wrench into that system, however.
Since the Jaguars have a new GM and coach this year, it may be tempting to go out and get a flashy new quarterback such as Geno Smith to help people remember that they're actually still a team. Unfortunately, I don't believe there to be anyone at the quarterback position worth taking at two. Wide receiver Justin Blackmon was just drafted last year, so using another first rounder at that position is out. They already have a good left tackle in Eugene Monroe, so I don't think getting someone like Luke Joeckel would improve the team as much as someone else could at a position of need. Which, again, is basically everywhere else.
Enter: Dion Jordan. I haven't followed this draft as closely as others past, but everything that I've seen of this guy makes me think he could be a dominant force on any team's defensive front seven. From what I can gleam Jacksonville's new defensive coordinator ran a 4-3 defense with 3-4 elements in it while in Seattle, which I think Dion could excel in. He has crazy speed and moves very well for his size, as evidenced by his background as wide receiver and tight end. The only knock against him that I've seen so far is his shoulder surgery, but I don't think there will be any long term problems from it.
The Jaguars need someone who can come in and really make an impact and since there aren't any quarterbacks worth taking at two, they already have a fine left tackle, and BuenosAiresDawg already took cornerback Dee Milliner (you bastard), that leaves Dion as about as obvious a pick someone could make in a year like this.
The sadistic side inside of me just feels validated that Blaine Gabbert has been a failure for Jacksonville. I thought he was terrible from the second I saw him, and he hasn't done anything to change my opinion. The Jaguars are now stuck in a situation in which you don't want to invest in another quarterback so high so soon again, but they really need to do something. Geno Smith seems to be climbing up the draft charts again, and I really think that could be the direction Jacksonville ends up going. If they can get a veteran to somewhat stabilize the offense, though,
Dion Jordan is definitely a nice prospect to have. If you missed it, Mike Krupka of DBN profiled him recently in-depth, showing why he would be a nice player for the Cleveland Browns. The difficult thing with Jacksonville, as Adrock2099 mentioned, is that there are so many holes everywhere -- no one player is going to turn this ship around. That contrasts with Kansas City, where I could easily see that team doing a 180 from a year ago, despite them picking first in the draft.
The Oakland Raiders are up next, led by TuckJob.
2013 DBN Community Mock Draft Results (so far)
|1||Kansas City||Dee Milliner||CB||Alabama||BuenosAires_Dawg|
|9||New York Jets||notthatnoise|
|15||New Orleans||Ted Washington's Belly|
|19||New York Giants||Red-Right-88|
|26||Green Bay||Jon Stinchcomb|