Jacksonville Jaguars Final Draft Report Card

Unless Derrick Harvey the number one selection from the U of Florida can quickly realize his playing potential the 2008 draft will be termed a total disaster. DE Quentin Groves (2) flashed as a rookie, while RB Chauncey Washington (7) and LB William Thomas (5) are at best journeymen performers.

Jacksonville Jaguars Grade - B+ NO RD Name Pos School HT WT 40 Grade
8 1 Monroe, Eugene OT Virginia 6052v 312v 5.21v 1.110
39 2 Britton, Eben OT Arizona 6060v 309v 5.16v 1.243
72 3 Knighton, Terrance DT Temple 6030v 321v 5.26v 1.900
73 3 Cox, Derek DC William & Mary 6012v 189v 4.43v 1.450
107 4 Thomas, Mike WR Arizona 5083v 195v 4.33v 1.410
144 5 Dillard, Jarett WR Rice 5102v 191v 4.53v 1.430
180 6 Miller, Zachary TE Nebraska-Omaha 6040v 233v 4.54v 1.730
250 7 Jennings, Rashad RB Liberty 6010v 231v 4.61v 1.570
253 7 Underwood, Tiquan WR Rutgers 6011v 184v 4.41v 1.553

Many scouts and clubs were very concerned with Eugene Monroe' laid back personality and his patella tendon repair which will require close monitoring particularly over the next two years. I and most other outside prognosticators were not privy to that information prior to the draft, but based on what I observed throughout the 2008 season, I don't believe it would have played a significant role on any choice I would have made on drafting a left tackle. He's smart, showed excellent bend (balance points and knee and ankle flex), was very aware on pass protection (understands angles and used his hands extremely well) and I believe he played hard even when a win was no longer possible (see USC). In the running game, I thought he was very aware, anticipated defensive movement and was able to adjust on the move. There were few things I didn't like about this player (funky stance), but if this player can avoid a major injury, I really like his chances of becoming the premier left tackle in the game. I didn't have quite the same opinion of second selection Eben Britton. He is a big impressive looking sucker, but I thought he somewhat stiff, had a tendency to play over his pads and showed limited recovery skills once beat on the edge. I see him eventually developing into a starter on the right side, but I just don't see him as having a particularly high ceiling. Knighton is a big inside run stopper who has skills but was inconsistent in his overall play. He can stack and leverage the point, but I didn't see consistent recognition and or range outside the box. The Jaguars surprised some people with the drafting of little known corner Derek Cox, but the multi talented William and Mary product was one of the most impressive test athletes in the country this spring. Without question the Jaguars upgraded their receiving grouping with the drafting of Mike Thomas, Jarett Dillard and Tiquan Underwood. Both Underwood and Thomas have rare foot speed while Dillard is one of the most polished receivers in the country. Zach Miller is a very interesting tight end projection. A college quarterback, Miller has excellent athletic potential. Rashad Jennings is a big back, but I thought he showed marginal run instincts and frankly went down far too easy. I thought between the tackles he did far too much short stepping at the LOS rather than just hitting it up inside with authority. The one area that I really liked about this player was his ability to catch the football on flat screens and down the field.

BEST IN 3 YEARS: Eugene Monroe
OVERRATED: Eben Britton
UNDERRATED: Jarett Dillard
PROJECT: Zachary Miller
BEST COLLEGE F.A.: Brock Bolen (FB)
HUH?: Terrance Knighton

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