Nov 2, 2013; Columbia, SC, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (7) stands on the sidelines during a timeout against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Williams-Brice Stadium. The Gamecocks defeated the Bulldogs 34-16. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Draft Rumors: Jacksonville Jaguars likely to draft Khalil Mack or Jadeveon Clowney

The NFL Draft is 17 days away and it would appear that things are starting to fall into place when it comes to projecting who will go where with the top picks. While it’s always impossible to predict with any form of absolute certainty, the Houston Texans continuing to be rumored as taking a defensive player seems to be making the next few picks a little clearer to predict, especially the Jaguars at No. 3 overall.

While they have to deal with the St. Louis Rams and whatever they decide to do with the No. 2 pick. Peter King noted in his MMQB column that the Jaguars are the logical landing spot for the odd-man out in Houston’s quest for either Jadeveon Clowney or Khalil Mack.

This seems to make sense since the Jaguars covet a pass rusher and have backed of the notion of drafting a quarterback with their pick. There’s a really good chance that Teddy Bridgewater is on the board at No. 3 but there’s also a growing possibility of him being there for the Jaguars to trade back into the first-round to get him as well.

It’s a relatively deep quarterback class too, meaning passing on one at No. 3 to draft a much needed pass rusher is a very wise move with little downside to it. It’s entirely possible that Mack goes No. 1 and the Rams either take or trade with a team that takes Jadeveon Clowney second overall. But chances are the Jaguars may get their pick at No. 3 and if not, one of the two will likely be there.

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  • michael

    Only those masters of hype in the NFL could over-hype its annual crap shoot called the draft into a BIG GLOBAL MEDIA EVENT. But given the glut of annual draft failures, it seems for all the multi-million dollar science that goes into this dog and pony show, most of the teams would do just as well throwing darts at a list full of names and drafting whoever it hits.