Jaguars Senior Bowl Preview - Offense
With Jacksonville completing its third consecutive non-winning season, there are obviously some positions that are in need of an upgrade. We are going to give you some guys to watch this week at each of the positions.
Quarterback- The Jaguars have gone the longest in the NFL without drafting a quarterback in any round (2003- Byron Leftwich). If they are going to be a legitimate contender, they must improve and get younger at the position.
Here's the list of quarterbacks who are expected to appear in the game: Andy Dalton- TCU, Colin Kaepernick- Nevada, Jake Locker- Washington, Greg McElroy- Alabama, Christian Ponder- Florida State and Ricky Stanzi- Iowa.
Locker, Dalton and Ponder are all expected to go in the first two rounds of the draft. Locker seemingly has all the physical tools, but regressed from his junior to senior seasons....Dalton is coming on strong but there are questions about his arm strength as he played in a spread system and wasn't asked to throw outside the numbers very often...Ponder appears to have a strong arm, but there are legitimate concerns about whether he can stay healthy.
The Jaguars are pretty well set at running back with Pro Bowler Maurice Jones-Drew as well as Rashard Jennings, a former Senior Bowl alum.
With Mike Sims-Walker expected to hit free agency, the Jaguars may need to replace their number one wideout. Here is the list of receivers playing in the Senior Bowl- Leonard Hankerson- Miami, Jerrel Jernigan- Troy, Ronald Johnson-USC, Jeremy Kerley- TCU, Niles Paul- Nebraska, Austin Pettis- Boise State, Greg Salas- Hawaii and Titus Young- Boise State.
The pair of Boise State receivers in Pettis and Young have been ultra-productive throughout their collegiate careers and both are expected to be middle round picks. Perhaps the most intriguing player at the position is Leonard Hankerson, who is an accomplished route runner with good size. Many have compared Hankerson to former Miami wideout, Andre Johnson.
The Jaguars won't likely be selecting any tight ends early in the draft as Pro Bowler Marcedes Lewis is just entering his prime (although his contract is set to expire).
Although the Jaguars appear to have addressed their offensive tackle situation in the 2009 draft by selecting Eugene Monroe and Eben Britton with their first two picks, Britton has been less than impressive. We are going to do a quick look at the stellar offensive tackles that are set to play in this game. Clint Boling – Georgia, James Brewer – Indiana, James Carpenter- Alabama, Anthony Castonzo- Boston College, Gabe Carimi- Wisconsin, DeMarcus Love- Arkansas, Jason Pinkston- Pittsburgh, Derek Sherrod- Mississippi State, Nate Solder- Colorado and Lee Ziemba- Auburn
Castonzo, Solder and Carimi are largely considered the top three tackle prospects in this draft and it's likely that they will go in the first round. With an established left tackle already in place, it's not likely that the Jaguars spend a first round pick on a right tackle. The tackle position may be the strongest in this draft and that could force some first round talents down to the second round and so on. This is where the Jaguars could strike as Eben Britton could be moved inside.
With center Brad Meester growing long in the tooth, it's entirely possible that Jacksonville could take an interior lineman early in this draft. Here are the players that we will scout this week- Marcus Gilbert- Florida, Rodney Hudson- Florida State, Benjamin Ijalana- Villanova, John Moffit- Wisconsin, Steve Schilling- Michigan, Danny Watkins- Baylor and Kris O'Dowd- USC.
O'Dowd is considered by some as the best pure center prospect in this draft and if he's available in the third round the Jaguars could select him...Rodney Hudson could play center on the next level as well and he could go as high as the first round. If Jacksonville decides to go with a guard, it's possible that Uche Nwaneri can move to center.
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