The Buffalo Rumblings Community Mock Draft rolls along, with the No. 7 overall pick coming at you right now...
With the seventh overall pick in the BR Community Mock Draft, 'silverstreak3k' and the Jacksonville Jaguars select Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd.
"The Jaguars have a mess on their hands," writes silverstreak3k. "They signed Laurent Robinson, who had 50+ receptions and 850+ yards for the Cowboys. Does that translate to Jacksonville? Probably not; I expect a dip and I don’t see him as a number one guy."
Much more from the GM after the jump. (Probably too much, actually. Future GMs: let's strive for brevity!) The Miami Dolphins and GM 'HardBeingABillsFan' are now on the clock; remember to send your picks to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here's the rest of the write-up from silverstreak3k, completely unedited, because quite frankly I just don't have the time. :)
Robiske was acquired late last year from Cleveland, but there is probably a reason for that. As a rookie he did nothing, his second year he caught 30 passes for 300 yards, and last year, well he didn’t do anything again, so color me doubtful he’s ready to step up. Mike Thomas on the other hand had an impressive rookie season and improved his second year before a dramatic dip last year. Was this based upon QB play? We have heard that Gabbert played with a "toe injury" for most of the year, so perhaps that’s part of the reason? Who knows for sure. Sow with all this evidence, WR is a likely candidate here, right? Well yea, but don’t the Jags have other problems? That answer is a resounding YES.
Tackle, well, they drafted two high end draft picks in 2009 with Eben Britton and Eugene Monroe. Monroe has been "inconsistent" at best, but hardly worth the 8th pick in the draft. Britton has been oft injured and the Jags plan of drafting the bookend tackles for the next decade has been a bit derailed. In fact Guy Wimper (yea, I don’t know who he is either) started most of last season on the right side and gave up 11.5 sacks in 14 games (and he was re-signed, probably meaning that he may start another 14-16 games!) So this makes tackle a pretty option here as well right? Duh. DE. The Jags just re-signed Mincey to a 4 year deal, and although more productive than any DE on the Bills roster prior to the Super Mario signing, probably not good enough to chase down enough QBs to make that huge of a difference. They invested a top round pick in their DT Tyson Alualu, who has worked out surprisingly well given the high draft pick compared to value. Kampman has missed most of the last two years and in the past 3 has only racked up 7.5 sacks. He is still an injury concern this year and on the wrong side of 30. So is DE a need? I would say yes, but not as resounding as tackle and WR given the hope of Kampman coming back to form, but who else sees this as a Merriman type "hope?"
And finally, CB. The Jags had one of the best CBs in the league, in this humble bloggers opinion in Rashean Mathis, but hes on the wrong side of 30 and only signed to a one year deal. They picked up Cody Ross from the giants in the offseason but he is more of a number 2 CB and I don’t think he will do as well as in NY without that monster d-line. So is CB a need? Absolutely. So I guess what I have done by now is show that no matter what pick is made, its most likely filling a need somewhere. With that in mind, here we go. With the Seventh pick of the NFL draft, Jacksonville Jaguars pick……..Michael Floyd.
And the reasoning. WR is thin on this team, and without a true number one, Gabbert is sure to struggle again. They have a great TE core with Lewis and Miller, and nice complimentary WR in Robinson and Thomas, but neither are the "go out and beat their best CB" type of WR that Floyd should be. Floyd is the size you want at 6-3 220lbs and fast at a 4.47 40 time. The second best tackle in Rieff is not a LT by most people’s standards and I think the last thing Jax wants to do is invest another 1st round pick in a "maybe" type tackle. Value in Rieff just isn’t worth this high of a pick.
Coples has motor issues and I think that bothers Gene Smith, so the likely candidate here is Ingram. But again, with signing Mincey, having a strong DT, and the hope of Kampman finally contributing, along with the prevailing thought that this draft class is thick with DE’s I think they wait to help them out with a later round DE prospect. Claiborne would have been the pick here if available, have no doubt in that. He’s a stud, a lock down CB that will help with the pass rush and can pull double duty as a KR. Without him you are left with Kirkpatrick (character issues and far less talent, possibly inflated based upon him playing Alabama) and Jenkins (serious character issues and lack of value this high). So basically this pick came down to the highest value at the pick. And yes I would have picked Floyd over Blackmon based on Floyd’s route running and general preparedness for the NFL compared to Blackmon’s drops and poor route running.
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|1||2||Washington Redskins||Robert Griffin III||QB||Baylor||link|
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|1||6||St. Louis Rams||Justin Blackmon||WR||Oklahoma State||link|
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