Jaguars Draft Prospects

It's never too early to keep an eye on next year's draft, and with the rough start the Jaguars have had, they just may have a wide selection of players to choose from. JagNation is going to break down which positions the team will likely be interested in and which draft eligible prospects to watch.

1. Offensive tackle- With Khalif Barnes being good, not great, and his contract nearing its conclusion the Jaguars will likely try to find a fixture at left tackle in the draft. At this point, some of the top prospects are the University of Virginia's Eugene Monroe, Ole Miss's Michael Oher, Oklahoma's Phil Loadholt, Baylor's Jason Smith, and South Carolina's Jamon Meredith.

2. Interior offensive line-
With center Brad Meester on the wrong side of 30, and an unknown bill of health with both Vince Manuwai and Maurice Williams (now that they'll miss the rest of the season), the Jaguars can use some more youth and depth in the trenches. Topping our list of guards are Oklahoma's Duke Robinson, LSU's Herman Johnson, Auburn's Tyronne Green, Wisconsin's Kraig Urbik, and Tennessee State's Cornelius Lewis.

Some of the top prospects if the team decides to find a future replacement for Brad Meester at center are the University of California's Alex Mack, Arkansas' Jonathan Luigs, Louisville's Eric Wood, Oregon's Max Unger, and Alabama's Antoine Caldwell.

3. Defensive end- We are well aware that the Jaguars traded up in both the first and second-rounds to select defensive end's Derrick Harvey and Quentin Groves, but this is a position in which the team can always use more depth. You simply can never have too many guys who can get to the opposing team's quarterback. Some of the top prospects at defensive end that could fit in the Jaguars 4-3 scheme are Georgia Tech's Michael Johnson, LSU's Tyson Jackson, Illinois' Will Davis, Jr., Michigan's Will Johnson, and Stanford's Pannel Egboh.

4. Linebacker- Perceived as a major team strength entering 2008, the Jaguars linebacking corps has been somewhat of a disappointment early on. Starting middle linebacker Mike Peterson's play is falling off, and fixture Daryl Smith has been underwhelming. Clint Ingram has been poor in coverage, and Justin Durant has taken a few bad angles. Jacksonville can slide Daryl Smith over to middle linebacker if they decide to part ways with Peterson after the season, and it would open up more opportunities for an outside linebacker. Some of the top prospects on the outside are Wake Forest's Aaron Curry, Virginia's Clint Sintim, USC's Brian Cushing, Ohio State's Marcus Freeman, and Mississippi State's Jamar Chaney.

If the team decides to keep Daryl Smith on the outside, they could look at USC's Ray Malaluga, Ohio State's James Laurinaitis, LSU's Darry Beckwith, Georgia's Dannell Ellerbe, and TCU's Jason Phillips.

5. Wide receiver-
Although many have auditioned, the Jaguars are still trying to find a true number one receiver. Since the retirement of Jimmy Smith, the team simply hasn't had many guys, if any, that opposing defensive coordinators will stay awake at night thinking about. There could be major changes after the 2008 season to the wide receiving corps, as the team could part ways with Reggie Williams, Dennis Northcutt, Matt Jones, and Troy Williamson. Some of the top prospects are Penn State's Derrick Williams, Oklahoma's Juaquin Iglesias, Georgia's Mohammed Massaquoi, LSU's Demetrius Byrd, and North Carolina's Brooks Foster.

Charlie Bernstein is the Editor-in-Chief of Sports Media Interactive, covering multiple teams in the National Football League, NCAA, and National Basketball Association. Charlie is a regular syndicated contributor to FoxSports and Sirius NFL Radio, and has been featured on the NFL Network. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. Feel free to contact him -HERE- with questions or comments.

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