Jaguars Draft Plan

We've looked at the recent draft trends of NFL teams over the past 10 years and we're also acutely aware of the Jaguars team needs. It's now time to put a draft plan together for the Jaguars for each round, and yes....we're naming names.

Round One - Our research has clearly shown that the best way to build a year-in, year-out winner is to draft a quarterback in the first round. Although parts on the defense need more immediate re-tooling, if the Jaguars are going to fix their franchise for the long term, quarterback is the correct play here. Picking 16th, it's likely that top prospects Cam Newton and Blaine Gabbert will be long gone, so Jacksonville may need to reach a little to get their man, something they haven't been afraid to do in the past.

Christian Ponder and Colin Kaepernick are likely to be available when the Jaguars are on the clock and one of the two should be the guy that the Jaguars build their franchise around for the next 10 or so years.

Round Two- After going quarterback in the first round it's time to address the defense. The back end of the Jaguars defense was atrocious a year ago, thanks mostly to the play of their safeties. Unfortunately for Jacksonville, this is one of the all-time worst drafts as far as top end talent at safety so they should do the next best thing- draft a cornerback.

Since 2000, second-round cornerbacks have approximately a 40 percent chance of working out which is one of the highest percentages of any position. Texas defensive backs Curtis Brown and Aaron Williams may fit nicely for the Jaguars in Round Two, and the selection of a cornerback would begin the process of switching Rashean Mathis back to safety, potentially strengthening two positions.

Round Three- Since the Jaguars need help on both offense and defense, they don't need to focus in on just a few positions, rather take the best player available on their board. Our statistics say that Round Three is a terrible spot to take a linebacker, but Fresno State's Chris Carter and Michigan State's Greg Jones may be there. A solid third-round selection for the Jags could be Clemson safety DeAndre McDaniel or Lehigh offensive guard Will Rackley, both players the team has shown plenty of interest in.

Round Four- From here on out, it's important for the team to get the best bang for the buck. Players like Arizona defensive end/outside linebacker Ricky Elmore, N.C. State linebacker Nate Irving, Hawaii wide receiver Greg Salas and Notre Dame defensive tackle Ian Williams would represent great values.

Round Four*- With their second pick in the fourth round, it's time to take some perceived chances and the Jaguars can do that with injured Pittsburgh defensive end Greg Romeus. Romeus was a dominant pass rusher before tearing his ACL late in the season. Wide receivers Austin Pettis (Boise State) and Jeremy Kerley (TCU) would be logical picks, as well as Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy.

Round Five- A player who caught Jacksonville's attention during the Senior Bowl was San Diego State wide receiver Vincent Brown. Brown runs great routes and has strong hands, similar to Mike Sims-Walker. Other options could be Slippery Rock center Brandon Fusco and UCONN linebacker Lawrence Wilson.

Round Six- It's time for the small school potential gems to step up and get their names called. A few of those could be cornerback Ryan Jones from Northwest Missouri State, safety Tommy Irvin from Wofford, Southern Illinois cornerback Korey Lindsey-Woods and linebacker Keith Darbut from Baldwin-Wallace.

* Jaguars have two picks in the fourth round and none in the seventh round.

Charlie Bernstein is the host of "The Conundrum" on the Aquarius 7 Broadcasting Network (national), and Editor-in-Chief of Sports Media Interactive, covering multiple teams in the National Football League, NCAA, and National Basketball Association. Charlie covers the Jacksonville Jaguars for FoxSports and has been featured on the NFL Network and Sirius NFL Radio. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers of America.

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