Who will be the Jaguars first round pick?

The 2011 NFL Draft for the Jacksonville Jaguars is looking exceedingly harder to predict. Not only is general manager Gene Smith very quiet on who he has the most interest in, but there are just so many positions the Jacksonville Jaguars could go in the first round. Do they add a defensive end? Do they add a linebacker or defensive back? Or do they surprise most and take a quarterback?

I am supposed to give a prediction right now on who I think they will pick, and it's not very easy. As I mentioned, there are a variety of ways the team could go. I think I've narrowed it down to about 5 picks where I think the team could go.

Christian Ponder, QB, FSU - The Jaguars have shown a lot of interest in Ponder since his junior season. While many would view 16 as too high for Ponder, quarterback generally is a position that's over drafted because of their importance.

J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin - Tony Pauline reported a few weeks ago that the Jaguars were looking to add a "power end" instead of the standard off the edge rusher many have speculated. There's not a better power end in the draft than Watt.

Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue - As much as I'm not a big fan of Kerrigan, the reality is he could be the pick at 16. He's a hard working player who was also a team captain and very productive. Something Gene Smith has leaned towards in his two drafts.

Mike Pouncey, OG, Florida - While I think a guard/center at 16 doesn't offer a lot of value, it is a position on the team that needs to be strengthened. An offensive lineman shouldn't be a surprise at all at 16.

Brooks Reed, DE/LB, Arizona - Joe Fisher picked Reed as the Jaguars pick in the community mock draft, and I don't think it's all that crazy. I do believe the Jaguars are building to make the defensive switch in the future, but Reed can still fill a role as a pass rusher in a 4-3 defense or even in some hybrid looks.

Who do you think the Jaguars will select?

 

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