The Jaguars have worked out many of the top prospects in this draft. What does that really mean in terms of who they will draft? Probably not a ton. Some teams purposely leak workouts for players they simply may not be interested in and the Jaguars have been one of those teams in the past.
When Jacksonville selected Tyson Alualu 10th overall in 2010 they didn't bring the California defensive tackle in for a workout. In fact, Alualu was hardly talked about amongst scouting circles and it surprised nearly everyone when Jacksonville pulled the trigger.
Although nobody knows for sure how long defensive tackle Terrance Knighton will be out following his eye surgery, we are pretty sure that he'll miss all of training camp and a good portion of the regular season at the very least. With Knighton entering the final year of his deal, it's entirely possible that "Pot Roast" may have played his last game in Jacksonville and if his surgery isn't completely successful, he may have played his final game in the NFL.
So how will this affect the Jaguars draft?
With the dynamic duo of Knighton and Alualu healthy, taking a defensive tackle early in the draft was highly unlikely to occur. General manager Gene Smith loves taking big guys early (especially at positions of little statistical value) and it wouldn't surprise many if the Jaguars went with Mississippi State defensive tackle Fletcher Cox as early as seventh-overall.
Players such as Mike Brockers (LSU) or Dontari Poe (Memphis) are also options at Number 7, and don't be surprised if the Jaguars pull the trigger in the second round on a Jerel Worthy or Brandyn Thompson, assuming they're available.
With the 7th overall pick, the Jaguars will not select....
Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon. Our sources tell us that the team is far from enamored with the two-time Biletnikoff Award winner and he doesn't match value at seventh overall. Unless the Jaguars are able to trade back, it's highly unlikely that they will select a receiver in round one.
Who Will They Pick?
When you think you know, you never really know with Gene Smith. The non-sexy picks are certainly in play with Fletcher Cox, Michael Brockers and Riley Reiff......Value would meet need if the team were to pull the trigger on North Carolina defensive end Quinton Coples.....If LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne was somehow to slip all the way to seven he would be the pick.
Charlie Bernstein is the NFL Insider for ESPNFlorida.com and ESPN 1080 and 1040 in Orlando/Tampa and Editor-in-Chief of Sports Media Interactive, covering 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