"Unless it was really Robinson that was the key man in Dallas in 2011, though, and not Jason Witten, Miles Austin, or Dez Bryant, the Jaguars are likely to be only a little better in 2012. Even with Mincey and Robinson, they could really use a first-rate pass rusher and wide receiver, and a right tackle wouldn't be a bad idea either unless you're a much better Eben Britton fan than I am. The number seven pick can only answer one of those, though.
"With the majority of free agency over, it's much more clear now what needs teams will have to address in the draft to avoid having holes in their roster come the regular season. Here is my fourth mock draft of the year, again with trades, but this time with the second round included"
In Optimum Scouting's most recent mock draft, Eric Galko has the Jacksonville Jaguars drafting Courtney Upshaw, an OLB from Alabama. Here's the rationale.
"7 . Jacksonville Jaguars - Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabama
-The Jaguars need some pass rush help along with targets for Blaine Gabbert. They should have the option of Upshaw/Melvin Ingram or Blackmon/Michael Floyd at this point. Upshaw ready, powerful, and can make an immediate impact, with receiver help coming in 2nd-3rd round."
The first six picks in this mock were, in order, Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Matt Kalil, Morris Claiborne, Trent Richardson, and Dontari Poe.
"Smith, entering his fourth season as the Jaguars’ general manager, said this week while the team’s recent effort to trade for Jets quarterback Tim Tebow was another unique event in a unique time in the team’s history, he also believes that the events of recent months – change in ownership, change in head coach, addition of a new team president – has served to make the organization stronger."no comments
|Mike Thomas was the Jaguars best WR in 2011, catching just 44 passes and only 1 TD.|
For years, Jaguars fans were told that wide receiver is not a premium position by former senior writer at Jaguars.com, Vic Ketchman. He was wrong, and I believed it.
With apologies to Ketchman, who I still enjoy reading from time to time, he was off base on his take in regards to wide receivers. At one time, wide receivers may have been a dime a dozen, but that time has passed us by. The passing attack is central to winning games in today's NFL and skilled wide receivers are essential to throwing the ball.
If you don't believe me, just ask anyone who has followed the Jaguars over the past few years. Last year was the best example of the effect that a lack of receivers has on an offense. Blaine Gabbert was a rookie, and frankly, he needed all the help he could get, but his best target, Marcedes Lewis, had an uncharacteristically poor season. On top of that, Lewis is a tight end. The Jaguars biggest passing threat wasn't even a wide receiver.
"While defensive end is traditionally considered to be more of a premium position than wide receiver, players like Calvin Johnson, Andre Johnson orLarry Fitzgerald come around very rarely and have a huge impact offensively as they draw double teams away from other receivers and force teams to respect the pass and take defenders away from the run."no comments