Trader Jack - Part II (2005-2007)

Rosters are built through the draft, and the draft has involved many teams trading in recent years. JagNation is going to take a peek back in time and see how the Jaguars have done with their draft-time deals in the Jack Del Rio era. We're going to analyze the 2005, 2006, and 2007 deals.

2005

Jacksonville traded its fourth-round pick (No. 123) to the New York Jets for the Jets' fourth- and sixth-round picks (Nos. 127 and 185). New York selected Louisville FS Kerry Rhodes. Jacksonville selected Virginia RB Alvin Pearman and Hawaii WR/RS Chad Owens.


Analysis: The Jaguars obviously didn't see value in the fourth-round of 2004 and the Jets did. Alvin Pearman was a solid third-down back and punt returner for the team from his rookie year through 2006. Chad Owens started his career off in Jacksonville with a bang, as he was great in preseason, but couldn't handle the pressure when the real bullets flew. Owens is currently in Arena Football.

Hindsight: Advantage Jets (by a huge margin). Kerry Rhodes is one of the best safeties in the game, and Jacksonville would love to have a player of his caliber on the roster.


2006

Dallas traded its third-round (No. 80) to Jacksonville for the Jaguars' third- (No. 92) and fourth-round (No. 125) picks. Jacksonville selected Oklahoma OLB Clint Ingram. Dallas selected Grambling State DE Jason Hatcher and LSU WR Skyler Green.

Analysis: The Jaguars had a major need at linebacker, and Clint Ingram was the last player left on the board that they thought could start as a rookie. Ingram has been a nice contributor as he started most of his rookie year then the majority of 2007.

Hindsight: Advantage Jaguars. Jacksonville received a starter (although he may not be in 2008), and Dallas' Jason Hatcher is mostly a special teamer. Skyler Green didn't make it through one complete season in Dallas and is now trying to earn a spot on his hometown New Orleans Saints roster.

Jacksonville traded its sixth-round (No. 197) pick to San Francisco for two 49ers seventh-round (Nos. 213 and 236) picks. San Francisco selected LSU DE Melvin Oliver. Jacksonville selected Syracuse DE James Wyche and Florida CB Demetrice Webb.

Analysis: The Jaguars had targeted Wyche and rolled the dice that he would be available at the top of round seven. Wyche hasn't yet played in the regular season, but he has a unique skill set and could be a contributor in 2008. Webb was a local product with good speed, but after one season couldn't stick in the league.

Hindsight: Advantage Jaguars. Melvin Oliver played in one season with San Francisco and is currently a free agent.


2007

Jacksonville traded its first-round (No. 17) pick to Denver for the Broncos' first- (No. 21), third- (No. 86) and sixth-round (No. 198) picks. Denver selected Florida DE Jarvis Moss. Jacksonville selected Florida FS Reggie Nelson and then traded No. 86 to Baltimore (see #16 below) and No. 198 to Atlanta.

Analysis: The Jaguars had targeted Nelson, among a few other players that fell including quarterback Brady Quinn. Jacksonville was able to get a very talented safety further down in the draft than they thought, and were able to pick up a few extra picks.

Hindsight: Advantage Jaguars. Through one season (things could change), Reggie Nelson looks like a fixture in the Jaguars secondary and his college teammate, Jarvis Moss played in just six games and registered only one sack.

Jacksonville traded its third-round (No. 86) to Baltimore for the Ravens' fourth- (No. 101), fifth- (No. 166) and sixth- (No. 203) picks. Baltimore selected Iowa OG Marshal Yanda. Jacksonville selected Maryland P Adam Podlesh and Notre Dame DT Derek Landri and traded No. 203 to Atlanta.

Analysis: Despite the Jaguars having an extra pick from the Nelson deal in round one, they decided that nobody fit the value of their third-round pick. The Jaguars grabbed the best available punter in round four in Adam Podlesh, who had an up and down rookie season, and stole defensive tackle Derek Landri who played great down the stretch.

Hindsight: Advantage Ravens. Marshall Yanda was a solid starter as a rookie, and a punter and rotational defensive tackle aren't quite as valuable.

Atlanta traded its fifth-round (No. 149) pick to Jacksonville for the Jaguars' three sixth-round (Nos. 194, 198 and 203) picks. Jacksonville selected Purdue OG Uche Nwaneri. Atlanta selected Auburn CB David Irons, Ohio State C Doug Datish and Maine SS Daren Stone.


Analysis: The Jaguars saw an opportunity to get a big, physical interior lineman in Uche Nwaneri and gave up some of the extra picks they collected. Nwaneri may be ready for real game action in 2008, as he was a solid special teams contributor as a rookie.

Hindsight: Advantage Jaguars. David Irons was a special teams contributor, Doug Datish didn't make the Falcons team, and the Jamaican born Daren Stone was also a special teamer.


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