We wrapped up the first round of the 2013 Niners Nation NFL mock draft, and now it's time to move on to round two. If you missed parts of the first round, check out our entire rundown.
We are now up to pick No. 33 in the 2013 Niners Nation NFL mock draft. The Jacksonville Jaguars are now on the clock, and their Niners Nation GM is Brother Girth. With the thirty-third pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Jaguars select Alex Okafor, DE/OLB, Texas.
Explanation: The Jaguars will be looking to defense with their second round pick. They augmented their defensive line, which had league low 20 sacks last season, bringing in free agents Sen'Derrick Marks (Ten) and Roy Miller (TB). Of course, the two of them combined for 1.5 sacks last season, so there is still work to be done. In the linebacking group, workhorse Paul Posluszny led the defense with 139 tackles. He needs help. In the secondary, the team parted ways with Aaron Ross, Dawan Landry, and Derek Cox but picked up Alan Ball (Hou). They are currently planning on teaming Ball with veteran Dwight Lowery, 2nd year player Mike Harris and 3rd year player Chris Prosinski. Who? Exactly.
So we agree, BPA on defense, right?
Offense starts with the Quarterback, so the Jaguars addressed that with Geno Smith. Defense starts with the pass rush, so the Jaguars go with Alex Okafor from Texas. He had 12.5 sacks in an injury shortened senior year and, as Oklahoma offensive tackle Lane Johnson put it, "Okafor was the best pass-rusher he went against in college." Enough said.
Trevor Woods: The Jaguars defense needs some serious rebuilding, and Okafor will help do that. The Jaguars probably should have went best player available in the first round as well, but I agree they should go BPA here, and Okafor is arguably the BPA on defense in this spot. Okafor was a nightmare for quarterbacks during his time at Texas and it is a good possibility he will do the same thing in the pros.
NIck Chiamardas: Okafor is an interesting pick for Jacksonville. He projects best as a strong side defensive end in a true 4-3 defense. New Jags head coach Gus Bradley ran a multiple front defense last year in Seattle and could use Okafor similar to how he used Bruce Irvin last year. Okafor his better against the run than the pass so I'm not sure where he'd fit in long term should the Jags make a move toward a 3-4 scheme. I'd have to disagree that he's the best player available on defense. Brother Girth did a good job breaking down the no name secondary, that's probably where I would have gone with this pick. Perhaps Jamar Taylor, corner from Boise. Of course, Sylvester Williams is still on the board too, another possibility at 33.
Niners Nation Mock Draft, Round 1
- Kansas City Chiefs -- Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah [Explanation]
- Jacksonville Jaguars -- Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia [Explanation]
- Oakland Raiders -- Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon [Explanation]
- Philadelphia Eagles -- Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M [Explanation]
- Detroit Lions -- Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan [Explanation]
- Cleveland Browns -- Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama [Explanation]
- Arizona Cardinals -- Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas [Explanation]
- Buffalo Bills -- Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU [Explanation]
- New York Jets -- Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama [Explanation]
- Tennessee Titans -- Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida [Explanation]
- San Diego Chargers -- Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma [Explanation]
- Miami Dolphins -- Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina [Explanation]
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State [Explanation]
- Carolina Panthers -- Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee [Explanation]
- New Orleans Saints -- Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU [Explanation]
- St. Louis Rams -- Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri [Explanation]
- Pittsburgh Steelers -- Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia [Explanation]
- Dallas Cowboys -- D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama [Explanation]
- New York Giants -- Alec Ogletree, ILB, Georgia [Explanation]
- Chicago Bears -- Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia [Explanation]
- Cincinnati Bengals -- Arthur Brown, ILB, Kansas State [Explanation]
- St. Louis Rams -- DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson [Explanation]
- Minnesota Vikings -- Keenan Allen, WR, Cal [Explanation]
- Indianapolis Colts -- Datone Jones, DE, UCLA [Explanation]
- Minnesota Vikings -- Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington [Explanation]
- Green Bay Packers -- Damontre Moore, DE/OLB [Explanation]
- Houston Texans -- Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee [Explanation]
- Denver Broncos -- Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State [Explanation]
- New England Patriots -- Margus Hunt, DE, Southern Methodist [Explanation]
- Atlanta Falcons -- Tank Carradine, DE/OLB, Florida State [Explanation]
- San Francisco 49ers -- Jonathan Cyprien, S, Florida International [Explanation]
- Baltimore Ravens -- Matt Elam, S, Florida [Explanation]
- Jacksonville Jaguars -- Alex Okafor, DE, Texas