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WCG Mock Draft- Jacksonville (#17)

17. Jacksonville - Reggie Nelson, RB, University of Florida

Right Player

Right Spot

Right Time

It's rare in drafts where the best player available and need coincide without trading or reaching.  Unlike previous years where the Jags have streached a bit for needs, this choice gives the optimal balance of need and value.

The Jags lost Deon Grant to Free Agency (Thanks Seattle) and Donovan Darius, despite his talent, is aging and injury prone.  They need help in the secondary and Nelson is the perfect mix of ball hawk and tackler.  Most important to Jacksonville is his sideline-to-sideline ability which has lacked with Deon Grant.

The only downside with Reggie is that he's not a run-stopper.  But for Jacksonville that's OK, because with Nelson covering the pass, Donovan can do what he does best and that's knocking the snot out of runners.  I'm drooling with anticipation at the thought of Peyton Manning trying to throw on Jacksonville with Mathis, Nelson, and Williams in the secondary while Darius creeps into the box.

Safety is about the only weakness on the defensive side of the ball.  Defensive End could be addressed here, however if DE Bobby McCray is extended this year it shouldn't be a problem.

Drafter- River City Rage

On the clock- Cincinnati Bengals (elagoalie11)

2007 NFL Mock Draft - First Round
Pick Team Player Pos. College Drafter
1 Oakland Raiders JaMarcus Russell QB LSU bears fan louie
2 Detroit Lions Joe Thomas OT Wisconsin South Side Irish
3 Cleveland Browns Calvin Johnson WR Georgia Tech elagoalie11
4 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Gaines Adams DE Clemson NoisewaterMD
5 Arizona Cardinals Alan Branch DT Michigan Chad
6 Washington Redskins Jamaal Anderson DE Arkansas Skin Patrol
7 Minnesota Vikings Brady Quinn QB Notre Dame IrishGush
8 Atlanta Falcons LaRon Landry S LSU Coach Owens
9 Miami Dolphins Amobi Okoye DT Louisville McRipper
10 Houston Texans Adrian Peterson RB Oklahoma Scruffy Lefty
11 San Francisco 49ers Patrick Willis LB Ole Miss RME JICO
12 Buffalo Bills Paul Posluszny LB Penn St. Brian G
13 St. Louis Rams Adam Carriker DE Nebraska tyger1147
14 Carolina Panthers Greg Olsen TE Miami RME JICO
15 Pittsburgh Steelers Leon Hall CB Michigan shawngoldman
16 Green Bay Packers Marshawn Lynch RB California chad
17 Jacksonville Jaguars Reggie Nelson S Florida River City Rage