Familiarizing Ourselves with the 2011 Draft Class

I know this is out of order, as Rod Issac is our last pick however if there is anything you should see from this fanpost this is it:


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Rod Issac Highlights (via MTPM6)


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1st -Blaine Gabbert, QB - Missouri


"CFN Analysis: There’s no wow factor. There’s no bust potential, but there’s nothing in Gabbert’s game to suggest that he’ll be a special, "I’m going to Disney World" type of superstar. He has all the tools, the athleticism, and the personality and make-up to be a very, VERY good pro for the next 15 years, but it’s not like he was a special college player – he was the only quarterback who couldn’t seem to throw against the miserable 2010 Texas Tech pass defense - and he had major problems against anyone with a strong pass rush. On the plus side, most of his negatives can be quickly fixed. His throwing motion doesn’t need that much tweaking, and for those who don’t think he can connect on the deep ball on a consistent basis, go back to the pills he was slinging to Danario Alexander two years ago. The bigger issue is that he’s not Cam Newton. Gabbert is the safe, secure pick who should be a rock-steady starter in two years, but if you’re passing on Newton for him, you’re not slinging for the stars … and that might not be a bad thing. Gabbert has the rare issue of still scratching the surface on what he can be, while also having a hard ceiling on where he can take a team. If he ends up winning a Super Bowl, it’ll be because he’s a good player on a special team."

CFN Projection: Top Ten Overall


From ESPN's Draft Results and Analysis:

"10(10) Jacksonville (from Washington) Blaine Gabbert QB Missouri
  What he brings: Gabbert has the frame, intangibles and arm strength teams look for. He is a tough leader who can play through pain and rally his teammates, and while he nee ds to improve his pocket mobility and ability to handle pressure he has the toughness and foot speed to do so. It's somewhat surprising he fell this far because he is the most accurate of the top three quarterbacks on our board, and he has the football acumen to make the transition from a college spread scheme to a pro-style offense.
Video analysis: Todd McShay Video
How he fits: The Jags have many needs on defense, but this is a good pick and Gabbert will be in a good situation. He can sit behind David Garrard, who is serviceable but not great. Backup Trent Edwards doesn't look like the future and this fan base needs someone to get excited about. Gabbert will be helped by a strong running game and a pretty good offensive line, but his biggest challenge will be thriving without a lot of weapons. He really allows a vanilla and conservative offense to open things up and become less predictable."


Jon Gruden's QB Camp with Blaine Gabbert:

Gene Smith on Blaine Gabbert


3rd - Will Rackley, OL - Leigh


From ESPN's Draft Results and Analysis:


"12(76) Jacksonville (from San Fransico) William Rackley OG Lehigh
  What he brings: Rackley lined up at left tackle in college but his lack of length will force him inside in the NFL. He does, however, have the tools to be a day one starter at guard in the NFL. He has the tenacity and strong punch to be an effective run blocker and the lateral quickness to hold up one-on-one inside. He also eased concerns about the competition he faced with a strong week at the East-West Shrine game.
How he fits: This looks like a value pick because on a suspect team; this offensive line seems to be pretty well set. Rackley was a LT in college but he projects nicely inside to back up the guard positions. He could eventually become a starter because the guys in front of him are solid but not elite."


Highlights of Will Rackley -

Gene Smith on Will Rackley


4th (A) - Cecil Shorts, WR - Mount Union


From ESPN's Draft Results and Analysis:

"17(114) Jacksonville Cecil Shorts WR Mount Union
  What he brings: Shorts is raw in his routes and has some inconsistency with his hands, but he has the quickness and suddenness to line up in the slot and is above-average after the catch. He also brings special teams value as a returner.
How he fits: Mike Thomas is the only dependable WR on this roster and he is more of a slot guy than an outside threat. Mike Sims-Walker has never really emerged and could be gone in free agency and the rest of their guys are young but unproven. Shorts is a solid guy who should contribute early and he also has good value as a return specialist, but he's not elite."



Paul Kuharsky on the impact of Cecil Shorts: highlights:

4th (B) - Christopher Prosinski, Safety - Wyoming


From ESPN's Draft Results and Analysis:

"24(121) Jacksonville (from New Orleans) Christopher Prosinski S Wyoming
  What he brings: Prosinski is a productive player who is good against the run and can contribute on special teams.
How he fits: Jacksonville tried six different safety combinations in 2010 and good pass offenses torched them down the seams. Courtney Greene, Sean Considine and Don Carey are all guys without great cover skills, and with a marginal pass rush up front they get really exposed. The Jags could use two new guys and more depth and Prosinski is a step in the right direction."



Prosinski was also recruited by Air Force, Boise State, Colorado State, Georgia Tech, Harvard, Montana State, Princeton and Utah State.


Jaguars Conference Call

Youtube Highlights:


5th - Rod Issac, CB - Middle Tennessee State

From via

"Issac didn't draw much attention from NFL teams until late in the process, but once he had an audience, he didn't disappoint. Swift times and good length have always been assets for Issac, and they helped him earn playing time as a true freshman, seeing action in all 11 games while notching one interception and fumble return for a touchdown.

Issac caught the attention of NFL scouts at his pro day, where he ran a reported 4.41-second 40-yard dash in cold and windy conditions. He also lifted 225 pounds an impressive 22 times.

Issac is a proven playmaker with excellent speed. However, as a late-round pick he's still a project due to the lower level of competition he faced in the Sun Belt."


Strengths: Nice, long frame with ability to affect passes away from his body. Has good bulk and strength to play physically at the line of scrimmage and redirect receivers off the snap. Aggressive when playing close and shows great balance and hand placement when jamming. Stays low in his backpedal and opens his hips very smoothly when turning to run with targets down the field. Is a willing run defender who wraps up and tackles through runners. Does a good job of getting his head around and finding the ball in the air. Will get his hands on the pass and knock it down in time. Great recovery speed. Very dangerous after a turnover and can potentially help out as a return man.

Weaknesses: Is late to react. Does not read passers well and will bite on play-action and pump fakes. Is a bit too aggressive at times and can miss when lunging to jam a receiver at the line. Gets leggy and high-stanced when trying to mirror quicker slot receivers. Gives too much cushion when running in man coverage, relying too much on his straight line speed to recover. Tends to get lost in zone coverage and will break on the ball a hair too late. Does not win jump balls consistently or show soft enough hands to make routine interceptions.

--Hunter Ainsley

Youtube: - Big hit by Rod Issac    - Highlights (Look for #6)  



Various Draft grades and Analysis from "Experts" from Across the NFL

From Pete Prisco:


Jacksonville Jaguars

Best pick: Moving up to take Blaine Gabbert in the first round was a move this franchise had to make. They need a premier passer. This kid can be that.

Questionable move: Not taking a defensive player in the first three rounds. They must be prepared to spend big in free agency on that side of the ball.

Third-day gem: WR Cecil Shorts is from small school Mount Union. He is a nice possession receiver who could be their third receiver in 2011.

Analysis: I love the move to go get a big-time quarterback. This is a franchise that had to do it. They really liked third-round pick guard Will Rackley, but you have to question the passing of defensive players until the fourth round.

Grade: B-



From by Scott Altman

"Jacksonville finally acknowledged that David Garrard is not a championship caliber quarterback by moving up to draft Blaine Gabbert. Gabbert could become the face of the franchise, and will be comforted throwing behind Will Rackley.

Grade: B+"


  -Jack Del Rio on Draft Class


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