Reviewing the Draft: Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville was aggressive both days this year taking part in several trades but started the process with a surprise selecting Reggie Williams with the ninth overall pick. Williams was the third best receiver in this years deep class and projected to go five spots lower where Jacksonville selected him. Even with that it is difficult to fault the Jaguars for taking a player of his caliber, at the position of their greatest need. Jacksonville followed their selection of Williams by switching to defense and taking linebacker Daryl Smith, a productive player in college that went unnoticed by the national media. Smith does not have the great athleticism but is a heady defender that always gives a good effort. Greg Jones, the bruising running back from Florida State, was also selected in the second frame after a trade up. Jones will likely be used as a short yardage option for the Jaguars and will be the primary backup to Fred Taylor. Should he remain healthy and adapt to the pro game Jones could become the Jacksonville starter in a few years. The selection of Jorge Cordova ended the Jaguars first day picks. A college defensive end, Cordova is a smallish outside linebacker prospect that shows the ability to rush the passer. Anthony Maddox is a nice prospect at defensive tackle who can be a disruptive player but needs work coming off of blocks and playing with better leverage. Ernest Wilford was acquired in a trade which sent Kevin Johnson to the Ravens. Wilford gives the Jaguars a big possession receiver who could turn into a solid second or third wide out for Jacksonville. Josh Scobee is an accurate field goal kicker but his kickoffs and lack of pure leg strength will be a problem. Cornerback Chris Thompson was a nice pickup by the Jaguars on the drafts second day. Thompson has good size, fundamentals, and speed. It is likely that he will earn a spot in nickel and dime packages as a rookie. Sean Bubin is a good prospect at right tackle and could eventually take over the starting job there. Bobby McCray, the Jags last pick, finds himself in a very good situation as he now has an opportunity to establish himself on a team with a need for defensive ends. If he applies himself to the off season workouts McCray could be a force early in his career and prove to be a draft day steal. While the Jaguars did a nice job acquiring talent at the receiver position they ignored big needs at defensive end until the seventh round. Most of the picks they made, however, were solid value and should contribute early on. For a team in a division as competitive as the AFC South every draft is important. Time will tell if this one is good enough to get the Jags back in the swing of things.
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