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Jaguars 101 First Round NFL Mock Draft 2012: Picks #5-8

April 19th, 2012 at 12:00 PM
By Michael Hall

5. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Select CB Morris Claiborne, LSU

The Bucs are hurting for more talent on offense and defense. However, with Aquib Talib facing possible jail time and Ronde Barber not getting any younger, having a possible shutdown corner fall into your lap would be difficult to pass up. Plus, now that Vincent Jackson being paired up with Mike Williams, they don't really have to worry about picking up talented pass catchers until the middle rounds.  

6. The St. Louis Rams Select OT Riley Reiff, Iowa 

This pick might shock some people, but you can't really go wrong with an offensive lineman from Iowa. You'll at least know that they are fundamentally sound and willing to work. The Rams gave up the most sacks (55) as a team last year, which has resulted in Sam Bradford missing time in 2011. Maybe those receivers would shine a little more if they didn't have a two-second window to get open. Plus, with the two early second round picks that they have, they could find two pretty good offensive weapons in Coby Fleener, Rueben Randle, or Alshon Jeffery. Perhaps I should stop before I give them any more ideas… 

7. The Jacksonville Jaguars Select WR Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma St.

The Jaguars are hurting for wide receivers and the top ranked wide receiver might just fall into their lap. Is Blackmon  an A.J. Green type of prospect? No. But he does play with a bit of a mean streak as a wide receiver and that would fit pretty well with the Jaguars' style of physical play. Plus, with all of the receivers that are gaining draft stock, many of them (namely Stephen Hill, Rueben Randle, and Alshon Jeffery) will be gone by the time the Jaguars pick in the seond round and I'm sure GM Gene Smith doesn't want to be forced to take Chris Givens and A.J. Jenkins. 

8. The Miami Dolphins Select  WR Michael Floyd, Notre Dame

With the top 3 QBs off of the board, the Dolphins probably won't reach for Brandon Weeden with the 8th overall pick. So they will try to replace Brandon Marshall with Michael Floyd and then try to get Weeden or Kirk Cousins in the second round. Floyd can handle the workload of being a #1 receiver and he would be a nice target for a young QB, but Jeff Ireland and Stephen Ross need to make sure that he doesn't get caught up in the culture of South Beach and run afoul of the law again.  

Tags: Alshon Jeffery, Coby Fleener, Football, Jacksonville, Jacksonville Jaguars, Jaguars, Mike Williams, Morris Claiborne, NFL, Riley Reiff, Rueben Randle, Sam Bradford, St. Louis Rams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Vincent Jackson

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