No Man's Land?

The Jacksonville Jaguars will be selecting either 10th or 11th in the upcoming NFL Draft. Looking at mock drafts and player rankings, it's very likely some of the players at Jacksonville's most pressing positions could already be off the board. Is Jacksonville stuck in "No Man's Land" again?

The two players the Jacksonville Jaguars will be hoping to be on the board when they draft are in all likelyhood going to be gone, quarterbacks Sam Bradford and Jimmy Clausen. Unless the Jaguars make an aggressive move in the draft and trade up, they're likely stuck. The reason it's called "No Man's Land" is because there isn't really a sure-fire fit to their spot in the draft. Luckily last season, top rated offensive tackle Eugene Monroe fell into their lap, but it doesn't appear as if Jacksonville will be so lucky this time. Let's look at some players who could be there and who could be targeted by Jacksonville.

Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech – Derrick Morgan is projected to the Jacksonville Jaguars in most mock drafts. Morgan would seem like a fit at the 10/11 spot, but there is one glaring problem: Derrick Morgan projects to be Derrick Harvey. The Jaguars already have a strongside defensive end who can get pressure and hold the point against the run. They need an edge rusher to compliment Harvey, not another version of him.

Bryan Bulaga, OL, Iowa – Many people project Bulaga a lot like former Iowa left tackle Robert Gallary; not quite an NFL left tackle but a top flight lineman. Bulaga could switch to the right side of the offensive line allowing the Jaguars to slide last year's 2nd round pick Eben Britton to right guard. Jaguars GM Gene Smith has hinted that they would not shy away from drafting another tackle if they were at the top of his board in April.

Dez Bryant, WR, OSU – It's very likely that Bryant will be available at pick 10/11 for the Jaguars. He's considered to be this year's Michael Crabtree. Last season, a plethora of Jaguars fans were begging for the Jaguars to take Crabtree, due to their lackluster receiving corps. Picking Bryant this year however, might actually be a saavy move. The Jaguars were comfortable enough in their receivers to release Torry Holt last week.

Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama – McClain is projected to go right around the Jaguars pick, though it is possible he may not be available. McClain is a talented linebacker who many consider to have the potential to be as good as Patrick Willis. McClain can play nearly every linebacking position, though I feel his real strength would be inside in a 3-4 look.

Earl Thomas, FS, Texas – A lot of teams have Earl Thomas projected as the No. 2 cover corner in this draft, yet he is a free safety. Thomas has the speed and insticts you look for in your defensive backfield, but his size is a question mark. Some scouts wonder how he will do at the NFL level coming up and supporting the run. As we all know, the Jaguars have a gaping whole at the safety position and Thomas could likely fill that void.

C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson – Some people may think it's just pure nonsense to even consider Spiller for the Jaguars, given they have a Pro Bowler in Maurice Jones-Drew, however like picking Dez Bryant, I think this would be a very sly move for the front office. Spiller is a homerun threat with the ball in his hands, be it as a kick returner, a runner, or catching the ball out of the backfield. The Jaguars have yet to establish a clear cut spell-back for Jones-Drew and Spiller could add the "Reggie Bush" effect to the Jaguars offense.


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