Love For Reggie Nelson?

Guess what? You're not alone. Reggie Nelson is the overwhelming favorite of many Jaguars fans to be the Jaguars first round pick next weekend when the Jaguars draft at pick #17, and it's very easy to see why. Unfortunately the Jaguars the only team interested. This story explains what other teams are expressing interest.

Nelson has big time play-making skills, he's a local guy that most fans were able to watch all year long, he's a national champion, and he has all the measurables. One other thing, he fits a need for the Jaguars now that Deon Grant has departed to the Pacific Northwest.

Unfortunately for the Jaguars and their legion of fans, many other front offices in the NFL have noticed the attributes that Nelson carries with him. According to scout.com's NFL Experts, Nelson has not only had workouts and private dinner date's with the Jaguars coaching staff and front office, but also with the Titans, Bengals, Falcons, and Patriots. If the Jaguars are completely sold on Nelson, the only team of the above that they must worry about is Atlanta, being that the Falcons are the only team that picks ahead of Jacksonville.

With the Falcons drafting eighth overall, it is somewhat unlikely that they will take Nelson. Although Reggie is a great football player, the value by most experts and draftniks alike, doesn't have him at the tenth overall pick. Unfortunately, the Falcons could trade down a few spots where the pick makes more sense. It is somewhat unlikely that the Bengals or Titans will trade up to take Nelson, being that the Bengals are without a third-round pick, due to their selection in the supplemental draft of Ahmad Brooks (another fine move by the Bengals). The Bengals and Titans have too many defensive needs to trade away draft picks just to move up a few spots.

There are a couple darkhorses that may be able to snag Nelson before the Jaguars. One of which is New England, who has ten picks in this years draft, including two number ones. It would be fairly easy for the Pats to strike a deal to move a spot or two ahead of the Jaguars, and they certainly have an aggressive front office. Another possible darkhorse candidate is the Carolina Panthers. Although the Panthers haven't flirted with Nelson as much as some of the other teams mentioned, they did send a legion of scouts to witness Nelson's pro-day where he couldn't have been much more impressive. The Panthers are sitting at the 14th pick in the draft, and have a glaring need at safety. Last season, the Panthers drafted one spot ahead of the Jaguars at 27th, and selected DeAngelo Williams, the running back from Memphis. Many sources said that the Jaguars were very high on Williams and it is very likely that he could've been the teams' selection with the 28th pick. As any Jaguars fan knows, the selection of Maurice Jones-Drew at #60 turned out to be one of the biggest steals of the draft, but there were some hard feelings among fans when Williams was gone.

If Reggie Nelson doesn't land in Jacksonville next week, it won't be the end of the world. The Jaguars can address a need at defensive end in round one, or maybe just take the best player available on their board, whoever that may be. There are some very good safeties that can be had in rounds two or three, and the dropoff from Nelson won't be that severe. Keep an eye on Eric Weddle, Brandon Meriweather, and especially, Sabby Piscatelli from Oregon State. Both Piscatelli and the Jaguars seemed to have a mutual admiration for each other at the combine, then the team flew all the way out to Oregon to watch his pro-day, and finally they met again in Jacksonville for a private visit.

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