Saturday, April 27, 2013

2013 NFL Draft Team Grades: Jacksonville Jaguars

First Round: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M

Joeckel was certainly the best player available, but the only problem is that Jacksonville already has a solid starter at LT. Will Joeckel be a right tackle? It's a bit ridiculous to draft a RT second overall in the draft. I think they should have gone defense and taken Jordan. I hate faulting a team for taking the best player available, but with so many holes on the roster they should have filled a need.


Second Round: Johnathan Cyprien, S, Florida International

They really should have taken Geno Smith with this selection, but maybe they are just waiting for next years' loaded quarterback class. Anyways, Cyprien was still an amazing value here at a position of major need in Jacksonville. It's not the flashy pick you might want to start off the second day, but a solid selection none the lass.


Third Round: Dwayne Gratz, CB, Connecticut

Taking a Connecticut cornerback atop round three isn't a bad idea, but they took the wrong Connecticut cornerback. Wreh-Wilson is a better prospect and is more NFL ready than Gratz. I didn't think Gratz would go until round three. Jacksonville has made much bigger reaches to fill positions of need before, but better corners could have been had here, including Gratz's own teammate. 


Fourth Round: Ace Sanders, WR, South Carolina

Sanders projects to be a solid playmaker out of the slot for Jacksonville. I thought he had a shot at going at the end of day two, so this is pretty solid value as well. They had bigger needs, but with so little talent on the team you can't argue. He'll fill out Jacksonville's wide receiving trio for next years' rookie quarterback.


Fifth Round: Denard Robinson, RB/KR/WR, Michigan

According to most reports, Jacksonville plans on using Robinson primarily as a kick returner and change of pace running back, though he might get some reps in as a receiver as well. The Jags got some name recognition with this pick, but not much in terms of value. I just don't see Robinson finding his place in the NFL.


Sixth Round: Josh Evans, S, Florida

With the lack of talent in Jacksonville's secondary, Evans could get his share of playing time at safety along with Cyprien. He was a fairly underrated safety prospect, so I'm personally a huge fan of this selection.


Seventh Round: Jeremy Harris, CB, New Mexico State / Demetrius McCray, CB, Appalachian State

Both of these cornerbacks could have gone a round earlier, so you can't fault scooping them up here. It's a bit surprising they chose three cornerbacks in this draft, but I guess they were that unhappy with their secondary.



Jacksonville completely overhauled their pathetic secondary and added a few skill position players, but neglected their two biggest needs: Quarterback and pass rusher. Solid players at both of those positions fell to them almost every round, so it's pretty disappointing to see them not take a chance on at least one of them. I can understand waiting till next year on a quarterback, but this was a good group of pass rushers. Jacksonville had one of the worst pass rushes in the NFL last year, and it's not looking any better for next year. At least Jacksonville found solid value in most of their picks this year, which is rare for them.


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