The tenth pick in the inaugural edition of the Cincy Jungle Mock Draft is brought to us by member Kabash, selecting for the Jacksonville Jaguars. His explanation for the pick is after the jump. Thank you for your participation Kabash.
With the tenth pick in the 2010 Cincy Jungle Mock Draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars select...
Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida
The Jacksonville Jaguars have the tag of being one of the more disappointing teams in the league. For years, they were considered to be a perennial threat to the throne of the Indianapolis Colts. However, the last two years the Jags have now fallen behind the surging Houston Texans, and the Tennessee Titans. After a 7-9 season in 2009, Jacksonville enters the 2010 with many needs.
After selecting Eugene Monroe in round one and Eben Britton in round two, Jacksonville appears set at the tackle position for a long time. I also do not see a need at running back. Maurice Jones-Drew still has a lot of tread on his squatty tires, and I also like last year’s seventh round pick Rashad Jennings, as a nice change of pace back. Quarterback play has been nothing short of awful. "Pro-Bowler" David Garrard is not the leader for this team. Journeyman Luke McCown is also on the roster, but he provides no help. The Jaguars addressed a pass rushing need in free agency with former Packer Aaron Kampman. Quentin Groves and Derrick Harvey, the team’s first and second round picks from a few years ago, have not delivered the sacks they were drafted to provide. I think they could select another edge pass rusher. Cornerback also does not need to be addressed early. Rashean Mathis teams with rookie Derek Cox to form a nice corner combo. However, in a division with Peyton Manning and Matt Schaub slinging the ball around at will, a third CB is not out of the realm of possibility. While corner is not a huge need, free safety is. Former first round selection Reggie Nelson has been nothing short of a flop. Wide receiver always seems to be a need for Jacksonville, but I think Jags management may be a little gun shy when it comes to spending first round money on another wide out. They have tried multiple times, and all they have to show for it was R. Jay Soward, Reggie Williams, and current Bengals #6/#7 WR Matt Jones.
Jason Pierre-Paul is a player that Mel Kiper Jr. will refer to on draft day as "the ultimate boom or bust player." JPP is a specimen at 6-5 and 260 pounds. He ran in the 4.65 range at the combine. He has a huge wingspan, with great explosion.
Pierre-Paul, originally committed to Central Florida out of high school, despite only playing football for the first time his junior season. When he did not qualify academically, he went the JUCO route. After bouncing around two different schools, he landed with the Bulls of USF. In his only season with South Florida, JPP terrorized Big East opponents. He finished the season with 6.5 sacks and 16.5 tackles for loss. He clearly overshadowed the much more heralded George Selvie.
Because of his measurables, you immediately want to compare him to "The Freak" Jevon Kearse. I don’t mind this comparison. They are both long and athletic, with a knack for getting to the QB. I feel the Jags in 2010 will get a player, that on passing downs, will raise hell on opposing quarterbacks. Then in the coming years, after he gets into an NFL weight program, he can become a three-down defensive end.
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