The Jacksonville Jaguars are an odd team to deal with from a mock draft perspective. They were terrible last season, so they need lots of talent. But you look up and down their roster and there’s not a ton of need, which is usually not the case with someone selecting in the top five or top 10 of the draft.

It’s really bizarre. And it got me thinking, why couldn’t they go outside the box here a bit? They could snag someone that makes total sense in terms of shoring up their most important position: quarterback.

This is a do-or-die year for Blake Bortles. Several people’s jobs might sink or swim based on whether Bortles can get as far away from 2016 as he can and back to 2015, or something close to it. 

For that to happen, it wouldn’t hurt to give Bortles a safety valve weapon, the one Julius Thomas never was. And if that guy happens to be a blocker coming from a dominant pro-style system, well, then why not use a top-five pick on O.J. Howard? The Jaguars wouldn’t be killed if they used the 10th or the eighth overall pick on Howard, so why not grab him at No. 4 if he can dramatically improve the passing game immediately? It’s a move that makes sense.

History is not particularly kind to tight ends taken in the top 10 in the past 20 years. Kellen Winslow (No. 6, 2004), Vernon Davis (No. 6, 2006) and Eric Ebron (No. 10, 2014) are the only three tight ends taken with a top-10 pick since 1997. Howard is very likely going to be the fourth. The Jaguars shouldn’t hesitate to stand pat and take him if they believe it will help them win now while also making Bortles a better quarterback.  

1. Cleveland Browns

Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M: Cleveland coach Hue Jackson said the Browns won’t be trading the No. 1 pick for a quarterback, so this seems pretty safe still.

2. San Francisco 49ers

Mitch Trubisky, QB, North Carolina: The 49ers could still make a move for Kirk Cousins and it wouldn’t be stunning if they stood pat with Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley, waiting for next year to grab a quarterback. But Trubisky would be a fantastic fit in Kyle Shanahan’s system because of his arm and athleticism, and they could redshirt him a year if they wanted. 

3. Chicago Bears

Jonathan Allen, DE, Alabama: The Bears need a steadying presence when it comes to the roster in general, and Allen is as unsexy and productive a pick as it gets in this draft. The process hasn’t benefited him because he was too good in college and doesn’t have some insane ceiling. 

4. Jacksonville Jaguars

O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama: This seems crazy, but it wouldn’t be weird if Jacksonville took Howard at No. 10, right? They need to prop up Blake Bortles and getting him a proficient blocker who doubles as an excellent pass catcher would be a big help.

O.J. Howard would give the Jaguars offense another dimension. USATSI

5. Tennessee Titans (from Los Angeles)

Jamal Adams, S, LSU: The Titans would sign for this in a heartbeat, landing a powerful defensive player to add to a secondary that needs help. 

6. New York Jets

Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson: Pairing Watson with Josh McCown gives the Jets a chance to ease the rookie in on a roster that is bereft of talent. That’s not easy to do in this charming media market. Watson isn’t scared of the big stage either.

Will the Jets make Deshaun Watson their next franchise quarterback? USATSI

7. Los Angeles Chargers

Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State: Adding a rangy ballhawk to the back end of this defense could make the Chargers one of the more surprising units on that side of the ball this year.

8. Carolina Panthers

Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford: I have seen Thomas going a lot higher than this in a lot of mocks, which is totally fine. He might be my favorite player in this entire draft. If he’s here, the Panthers should pull the trigger. 

Solomon Thomas would be a value pick at No. 8. USATSI

9. Cincinnati Bengals

Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama: Cannot manage to get myself off this combination/pick. It just feels too obvious. 

10. Buffalo Bills

Mike Williams, WR, Clemson: They had success with one Clemson wideout (even if Sammy Watkins has been hurt and they gave up an extra first-round pick for him), so why not go back to the well? Williams would give Tyrod Taylor another weapon.

Mike Williams would team with another Clemson receiver in Buffalo. USATSI

11. New Orleans Saints

Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State: The consolation prize for not picking up Malcolm Butler on an offer sheet (a trade is still TBD, according to Sean Payton) is getting Lattimore, which is perfectly fine. 

12. Cleveland Browns (from Philadelphia)

Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU: You want to talk about quickly improving this team? Get Garrett at one and then snag Fournette with the other first-round pick to put him behind the quickly improved offensive line that Cleveland upgraded in free agency. 

Leonard Fournette would run behind an upgraded line in Cleveland. USATSI

13. Arizona Cardinals

Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan: Larry Fitzgerald isn’t getting any younger, Michael Floyd is out the door and John Brown has dealt with health issues. Landing another target for the long haul would be a smart move.

14. Philadelphia Eagles (from Minnesota)

Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee: The Eagles just signed Chris Long and have a pretty good rotation, but you throw Barnett into Jim Schwartz’s system and he’s going to put up some numbers like he did in college, without the pressure of producing right away.

Derek Barnett could explode in the Eagles’ 4-3. USATSI

15. Indianapolis Colts

Malik McDowell, DT, Michigan State: Getting bigger in the trenches has to be an emphasis for the Colts, particularly on the defensive side of the ball. 

16. Baltimore Ravens

John Ross, WR, Washington: This would be a steal for Ozzie Newsome, and it would give Joe Flacco a deadly deep threat once the team moves on from Mike Wallace

Speedy John Ross would be a good fit for Joe Flacco’s cannon. USATSI

17. Washington Redskins

Haason Reddick, LB, Temple: Hey, what works, works. And I like this combination of player/team, so why not keep it rolling.

18. Tennessee Titans

Takkarist McKinley, LB, UCLA: The Titans can pick up another pass rusher to help provide depth and youth to a sneakily impressive front seven.

Takkarist McKinley could be a dominant 3-4 edge rusher. USATSI

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Dalvin Cook, RB, FSU: The Doug Martin situation is wide open at this point, which means he could be a casualty if the Bucs decide to pick up a replacement. 

20. Denver Broncos

Ryan Ramczyk, OL, Wisconsin: The Broncos have to invest in the offensive line regardless of whether it’s Paxton Lynch (most likely) or Tony Romo (pretty long shot at this point) who is taking snaps for them in 2017. 

Ryan Ramczyk would fill a humongous need for the Broncos. USATSI

21. Detroit Lions

Jabrill Peppers, S, Michigan: Getting a local guy would go over really well, and this is probably lower than most people expect to see Peppers go. Teryl Austin can work some magic with the versatile player. 

22. Miami Dolphins

Forrest Lamp, G, Western Kentucky: This team was most successful when the offensive line clicked and the Dolphins opened up holes for Jay Ajayi, so why not double down and get another body on the interior with Laremy Tunsil kicking out to tackle?

Forrest Lamp could replace Laremy Tunsil inside at guard for the Dolphins. USATSI

23. New York Giants

Cam Robinson, OL, Alabama: The Giants made a nice signing when they brought in Brandon Marshall, but no one should ignore the issues on the offensive line. They have to get more protection for Eli Manning or it won’t matter who’s catching passes. 

24. Oakland Raiders

Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford: Let’s assume the Raiders bring Marshawn Lynch out of retirement to be their “feature” back. They still need some more talent at the position and McCaffrey would be a perfect complement to Lynch. He would also be a popular pick with the fan base, which shouldn’t be overlooked at this point. 

The Raiders could keep Christian McCaffrey close to home. USATSI

25. Houston Texans

Patrick Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech: Tony Romo feels like a good bet to land here, but we need to see it with our own eyes before we can fully believe it.

26. Seattle Seahawks

Garett Bolles, OL, Utah: The Seahawks still need help on the offensive line. Drafting for need might not be ideal, but sometimes it is necessary. 

The Seahawks must grab a lineman if a first-round talent is available. USATSI

27. Kansas City Chiefs

Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama: If the Chiefs get the opportunity to take a talented corner who won’t be forced into playing outside right away, they’ll pull the trigger to give themselves some more depth on defense.

28. Dallas Cowboys

Charles Harris, DE, Missouri: There are a lot of holes to plug on defense for the Cowboys, but certainly pass rush has to be considered a priority. 

Charles Harris would address the Cowboys’ clear pass rush need. USATSI

29. Green Bay Packers

T.J. Watt, LB, Wisconsin: Something about Watt coming out sleeveless at Lambeau Field to cheeseheads melting down just kind of feels right. There’s a slight history of projecting talent in the family too. 

30. Pittsburgh Steelers

Obi Melifonwu, DB, Connecticut: The Steelers have a pretty talented and young secondary, but adding a freakishly athletic member to the defensive backfield doesn’t hurt either. 

Obi Melifonwu would join a young Steelers secondary. USATSI

31. Atlanta Falcons

Zach Cunningham, OLB, Vanderbilt: The Falcons love doing unconventional things with their linebackers and defensive backs, and bringing Cunningham in would allow them to add another piece to the puzzle. 

32. New Orleans Saints

Adoree’ Jackson, CB, Southern California: When in doubt, double down. The Saints land another cornerback after missing out on Malcolm Butler, giving them a pair of talented secondary members to build on defense.