Sunday, January 15, 2023

Jacksonville Jaguars 2023 NFL Mock Draft Roundup 3.0

Throughout the year and leading up to the 2023 NFL Draft, we will update our Jacksonville Jaguars Mock Draft Roundup showing picks for the Jacksonville Jaguars from several prominent sites and draft analysts.

The following are picks in recent mock drafts for the Jaguars:

CBS Sports - Stackpole (1/13)

21. Siaki Ika, IDL, Baylor

Several Jaguars defensive linemen are set to become free agents in 2023. They have to play Jonathan Taylor, Derrick Henry and Dameon Pierce twice per season. Need I say more?

San Diego Union Tribune - Brown (1/12)

21. Christian Gonzalez, CB, Oregon

The Jaguars' defense has had its moments this season, but is still short a few pieces. Gonzalez has the size (6-2, 200) and physical traits that make most scouts salivate, and the Colorado transfer has answered all questions regarding ball production (four interceptions).

NBC Sports Chicago - Morgan (1/12)

21. Dawand Jones, OT, Ohio State

Jones is a massive human (6-foot-8, 359 pounds) who plays to his size, dominating in the run game and providing solid pass protection. Blessed with an impressive 89-inch wingspan and enormous hands (11 and 5/8ths), Jones utilized all that to help prevent any sacks from his right tackle position in 2022. Despite his gargantuan size, Jones showcases above-average flexibility and knee bend, both of which help him establish and maintain effective leverage against opponents.

Yahoo! Sports - McDonald (1/11)

21. Clark Phillips III, CB, Utah

After spending the first overall pick on a defensive lineman last year, here's a cornerback to help stabilize the back end of Jacksonville's defense. Phillips has the click-and-close ability to play slot if the Jaguars need him to.

Walter Football (1/11)

21. Max Melton, CB, Rutgers

The Jaguars have issues at cornerback, which is why they were 32nd against the pass at some point during the season. They'll have interest in one of the top corners in the 2023 NFL Draft class.

Max Melton is a terrific athlete who is incredibly fast, so receivers can't outrun him.

CBS Sports - Trapasso (1/11)

21. Brian Branch, S, Alabama

Branch is a do-everything defensive back who'd give the Jaguars more game-changing ability on the back end.

USA Today - MMS (1/10)

21. Cam Smith, CB, South Carolina

An opportunistic defense was responsible for lifting Jacksonville to its first AFC South title since 2017, but there's still room to build out the burgeoning unit. Smith is highly aggressive and boasts the requisite traits to thrive in man coverage, making him an appealing option to place opposite Tyson Campbell.

Bleacher Report (1/9)

21. Christopher Smith, S, Georgia

The Jacksonville Jaguars haven't drafted a safety in the first two rounds of the NFL draft since the selection of Johnathan Cyprien 10 years ago.

"It's been some time since the Jaguars have selected a safety in the earlier rounds of the draft, and it makes sense to select the top-rated player at the position," Giddings said. "Georgia's Christopher Smith has the ability to play at all three levels. At a listed 5'11" and 195 pounds, Smith isn't the biggest safety. But his top-notch skill set will help offset any potential concerns.

"The unanimous All-American plays a physical downhill style with solid ball skills. He should be expected to enter the lineup and immediately compete for one of the starting spots."

Besides, Rayshawn Jenkins can be a liability coverage, and Andrew Wingard is a pending free agent.

Smith's selection allows the Jaguars to continue their rebranding of the secondary after this past offseason's free-agent signing of Darious Williams, as well as the recent draft selections of Tyson Campbell, Montaric Brown, Gregory Junior and Andre Cisco.

The addition of the class' S1 should help solidify an already young and talented group and provide Jacksonville with a strong backbone on defense.

The 33rd Team (1/9)

21. Michael Mayer, TE, Notre Dame

Evan Engram is on a one-year contract and could attract a decent amount of suitors in free agency. Mayer, who had 67 catches and nine TDs in 2022, is a solid two-way tight end who gives quarterback Trevor Lawrence a reliable post-up target between the hashes and gives the offense more personnel flexibility.

PFF - Renner (1/9)

21. O'Cyrus Torrence, IOL, Florida

The Jaguars are looking to build a juggernaut offense, and getting Torrence in the fold can be a building block for just that. Torrence earned an 88.0 overall grade in his first season against SEC competition, as he didn't allow a sack or hit all season.

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