The Jacksonville Jaguars need an impact player on the defensive side of the ball. So will they try to acquire that player with the No. 2 pick in April's NFL Draft?
In the latest SB Nation NFL mock draft, Matthew Fairburn has the Jaguars drafting LSU defensive end Barkevious Mingo with the second overall pick. Here's what Fairburn has to say about Mingo going to Jacksonville:
The Jaguars' pass rush has been a sore spot for quite some time. Barkevious Mingo would be a huge upgrade for a defense in need of playmakers. New coach Gus Bradley will need some pieces for his defense, and Mingo would make an ideal LEO in Jacksonville. He is a lengthy pass rusher with incredible burst off the snap.
The Jaguars recorded just 20 sacks last season, which was last in the NFL. The second-to-last team in the NFL in sacks, the Oakland Raiders, had five more sacks this season. The Jaguars are truly in a class of their own when it comes to a weak pass rush.
As a junior this season, Mingo had an impressive season. He scored 38 total tackles, 8 1/2 for loss and 4 1/2 sacks. Offensive lines were more prepared for Mingo this season, as his numbers dropped all across the board this year. He had 15 tackles for loss and eight sacks as a sophomore in 2011.
Also in the mock draft, Fairburn has the Miami Dolphins selecting Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones with the 12th pick overall. Like the Jags, the Dolphins need a pass rusher to disrupt the quarterback. Jones would compliment Cameron Wake nicely.
At pick No. 13, Fairburn has the Tampa Bay Buccaneers drafting Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner. Faiburn writes that Milliner will be a "dangerous cornerback in the right scheme" but the "right scheme" is the key component. Milliner could fill the hole left by Aqib Talib, who was traded to the New England Patriots in the middle of the 2012 season.