While the Jaguars and Dolphins made surprise selections in SB Nation's latest mock draft, the Buccaneers stuck with the usual.
Mock drafts have already started to become repetitive for the Jaguars and Dolphins, as the majority have the two teams selecting defensive linemen and wide receivers, respectively. However, things looked a little different in the latest mock draft from SB Nation, although things remaining the same for the Buccaneers.
The Jaguars are in need of a defensive make-over, but also have a big need at quarterback and have already said they will bring in more talent to compete with Blaine Gabbert. With Geno Smith off the board at first overall in many mocks, though, the Jaguars have been without a quarterback to take with their first round pick. Such wasn't the case in Dan Kadar and Matthew Fairburn's mock, where Luke Joeckel went first:
2. Jacksonville Jaguars - Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
The Jaguars have needs across the board. With new general manager David Caldwell and a new head coach in Gus Bradley, Jacksonville is in the midst of a total reset. The team has a ton of needs, but it would still be tough to pass up on the top quarterback prospect available.
The Dolphins have been slated by most to select a wide receiver with their first pick, whether that's Keenan Allen, Cordarrelle Patterson or Tavon Austin, but Kadar and Fairburn instead gave them a value selection on the other side of the ball:
...Dion Jordan is a big time talent that doesn't normally make it out of the top 10 picks. His shoulder injury will cause him to slide, but Jordan has a combination of pass rush and cover skills that NFL teams will love.
The selection of a cornerback for the Buccaneers has become commonplace after the team finished last in passing defense. With Dee Milliner of Alabama off the board in the majority of mock drafts by the No. 13 pick, the Buccaneers have instead been slated in about half of the Internet's mock drafts to take Mississippi State cornerback Johnthan Banks:
...Johnthan Banks would be a big talent upgrade at cornerback. He has the skill to be a No. 1 corner with size and good anticipation ability. Banks and Johnson could make for a good duo for years to come.