What We Learned From the Jaguars Draft

The Jaguars made some bold and also what some would call questionable moves in their draft. We are going to translate through the obvious coach speak and get to the point of what their actions told us.



1. The team isn't happy with the play of David Garrard and he won't be on the roster much longer.



When you trade up into the Top-10 for a quarterback you are going to pay a lot of money and he will be playing sooner rather than later. Garrard may not have been the biggest weak spot on the team, but he did drag down the passing game and don't expect him to be the opening day starter. Garrard's $8 million salary for 2011 is too much to pay for a backup quarterback especially when you consider the team will likely be committed to $20 million or more for Blaine Gabbert.

2. The selection of a rookie quarterback likely means that Jack Del Rio isn't on the hot seat.



If and when Blaine Gabbert plays this season, the Jaguars will lose games. It happens with most rookies on non-championship caliber teams. Jack Del Rio will not be held accountable for another non-playoff season as long as he has a rookie quarterback, it's simply not fair. It's also not fair to fire Del Rio and saddle a new head coach with a young quarterback that he didn't pick.

3. Defense will be addressed heavily in free agency.



Once free agency begins, whenever that will be, the Jaguars will be heavy players in free agency as they need to repair most of their linebacking corps and secondary. The rookie linebacker and safety draft classes were very weak and Jacksonville obviously thought they could get better values and more impact players in free agency.

4. The team likely hasn't decided what defensive scheme they will play.



Last season the Jaguars drafted mostly 3-4 players and played a 4-3 as that was the best fit for their most expensive free agent, Aaron Kampman. Since Kampman lasted just half the season, and the team had almost as many sacks without him than with him, he will likely not figure too greatly into their plans. The players they sign in free agency will likely determine what scheme Mel Tucker goes with.

5. Either Vince Manuwai or Brad Meester will not be in Jacksonville next season.



The selection of Will Rackley in the third round will likely mean the end of one of the two veteran offensive linemen. It's no secret that Jacksonville wanted to get younger on the interior line and Rackley is a starting caliber player. Whichever player grades out the best between Meester and Manuwai will likely be retained.

Charlie Bernstein is the host of "The Sports Crunch" 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. You can follow Charlie on Twitter @nflcharlie

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