It’s draft time. We’ve had our experts tell you who will be drafted, but now it’s time for you to throw on your GM cap and vote which player should be drafted where. Each day we will present an argument for each player and why the respective team should pick them. Then, it’s up to you. You make the pick. The next day, we will compile the results and you can see who is off the board. Disagree with all of the options? Be sure to write in your pick below in the comments section. Ok, let’s get into it. The Jacksonville Jaguars are on the clock.
New owner Shahid Khad cleaned house following a disappointing 2-win season. Jacksonville hired a new general manager (David Caldwell), head coach (Gus Bradley) and coaching staff. The bad news? The Jags are stuck with the same old mess.
Blaine Gabbert, who was drafted No. 10 overall in the 2010 draft, has a 5-19 record in two seasons, but hasn’t been helped by shoddy offensive line play. Gabbert has two more years left on his rookie deal, but the new regime could opt to go with their own guy (Geno Smith).
Jacksonville was passive in free agency acquiring defensive tackles Roy Miller and Sen’Derrick Marks. They also added depth at the wide receiver position with Mohamed Massaquoi and Jordan Shipley.
In 2012, the offensive line allowed 50 sacks on their quarterbacks and keeping their young passer upright could be a priority.
The Jaguars are in an interesting position because they can improve at almost every position, and the new front office hasn’t allowed anyone to get a grasp for what they are thinking. So, who will the Jags take with the No. 2 overall pick? Time to make the decision.
Central Michigan OT Eric Fisher
The Chiefs grabbed the consensus No. 1 offensive tackle (Luke Joeckel) in the draft, but it’s a deep class at the position. Fisher, who was voted first-team All-MAC at Central Michigan, could be the anchor of Jacksonville’s line for years to come. The Jags have a strong nucleus up front including offensive tackle Eugene Monroe, left guard Eben Britton and center Brad Meester. They have nearly $25 million in salary cap space, and could be planning to extend Monroe’s deal during the season. Fisher could play right tackle and prove to be a major upgrade in the running game, paving lanes for Maurice Jones-Drew as he returns from a foot injury.
Oregon DE Dion Jordan
Jordan is a rare athlete and has drawn comparisons to 49ers outside linebacker Aldon Smith. The former Oregon pass rusher can have an instant impact in Bradley’s prolific defense. Jordan fits the mold of the “Leo” position in Seattle, which is an edge rusher whose primary focus is wreaking havoc in the backfield. Although Jacksonville claimed sack-artist Jason Babin off the waiver wire last November, Jordan would be an upgrade and has Pro Bowl potential.
West Virginia QB Geno Smith
The Jaguars have met extensively with Smith and Bradley has said that he came away very impressed from those meetings. The reality is the Jaguars can get better at almost every position, which means they could be in a position to draft the best player available. Smith would immediately create competition at the quarterback position with Gabbert and veteran Chad Henne. Would the Jags feel pressure to start the rookie right away? Maybe. But that could be a good thing.
Alabama CB Dee Milliner
Jacksonville let cornerbacks Rashean Mathis and Derek Cox walk during free agency and terminated the contract of Aaron Ross. The Jags have a major need at cornerback and Milliner looks to be as pro-ready as they come. The former Alabama cornerback has seen action in every game since his freshman season and has played on the same unit as Dre Kirkpatrick, Mark Barron and Dont’a Hightower. Bradley covets cornerbacks with size, a la Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner in Seattle, and Milliner has an ideal combination of size and speed.
Florida State DE Bjoern Werner
Werner is the new breed of a defensive lineman. He has the size and quickness to be a 4-3 defensive end and plays with a motor like Pro Bowler J.J. Watt. According to NFL.com, Werner “swallows running backs after shedding his man in the run game, has athleticism to make tackles in space.” The Jags could maximize Werner’s versatility and play him in many positions on the defensive line.
Disagree with all the options? Make sure to write in your pick in the comments section.