As we all know, Houston held the #10 selection and decided to draft Amobi Okoye, but which player was of so much interest to the team that they would attempt to move all the way up to the top ten?
When Houston went on the clock, LaRon Landry, Jamaal Anderson, and Gaines Adams were already taken. With the Jaguars two biggest needs being safety and defensive end, the only defensive end that went before the Jaguars pick, and was still available, was Nebraska's Adam Carriker. Carriker seemed to get along well with the Jaguars in a pre-draft visit, and could very well have been the player that the team was targeting at number ten. Carriker could probably be an opening day starter for the Jaguars. Carriker was drafted by St. Louis at pick #13.
Another guy that could have been on the Jaguars board was Mississippi linebacker, Patrick Willis. Willis was regarded by nearly every expert as the best linebacker in this draft. Although Willis has certain star quality, the Jaguars don't have an immediate need at linebacker, and it wouldn't make a ton of sense to trade up for a guy you don't have an immediate need for, at least in the first round. Willis was drafted just one pick later (#11), by the San Francisco 49ers.
One more player that the Jaguars were high on going into the draft was Pittsburgh cornerback, Darrelle Revis. The Jaguars were extremely impressed with Revis during his pro-day, and invited him to Jacksonville for a pre-draft workout. To trade up to get Revis at #10 may have been somewhat of a reach, but the Jaguars would have filled an area of need, assuming they would move their current starting cornerback Brian Williams to safety. Revis went to the New York Jets, who traded up with Carolina at pick #14.
The only other player that the Jaguars could have been looking to trade up to get would have to have been Amobi Okoye, the player that was actually chosen at #10. Okoye was probably a very good value at #10, but would have served virtually no immediate need in Jacksonville, as they already have the best tandem of defensive tackles in football, when healthy. Trading up to get Okoye would have been a long-shot, but with Marcus Stroud still not fully recovered from knee surgery, anything is a possibility.
Assuming the Texans did look to trade down, the Jaguars would have had to present a better offer than both the New York Giants, or the New England Patriots, who were also trying to get to #10. If they Jaguars did, they would have to give up approximately 350 points according to the NFL Draft Value Chart. That would equal approximately a late second round pick, or a third, fourth, and fifth from where the Jaguars were initially drafting. None of the players mentioned were worth giving up that type of compensation and the Jaguars clearly did the right thing by initially staying put, then moving down.
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