Two years ago the Jaguars shocked the NFL draft "experts", at least media experts, with the selection of Tyson Alualu. With many mocks having the Jaguars selection Alshon Jeffery, Morris Claiborne, Michael Floyd, Justin Blackmon, Coples, Dre Kirkpatrick, and Johnathan Martin, I have decided to make a list of possible surprise picks and my "expert" evaluation of those players.
1. Courtney Upshaw OLB Alabama - This maybe seen as a a surprise pick because the Jaguars put millions into the LB's in free agency last season, and the 4-3 style of defense that the Jaguars have implemented. Yet, this could be the right pick at 7, with how coveted pass rushers are in this league, I think Upshaw is the best pass rusher in the 2012 Draft. He is viewed as a liability in pass coverage and not big enough to have a hand down in a 4-3. Yet, if has a Senior Bowl and combine similar to Von Miller he could climb up draft boards. Could he be the pick or even trade bait?
DeCastro is seen as one of the best interior linemen to come out of the draft in recent years. Another player with talent that won't fill a perceived need, with the recent drafting of Will Rackley and the the development of Uche Nwaneri as one of the better guards in the NFL. Yet, as sad it is to admit Brad Meester is not Benjamin Button, he is not getting any younger and Uche has been training to be the replacement for Brad. I also think that the O-line is one of the most important aspects of a winning football team. Ask Drew Brees how important his two all-star guars were to his record setting year. Many will be yelling at their TV sets if we draft him as a reach but I could agree with this pick. Even if we don't have a place for him or if he puts Rackley on the bench, it will only strengthen the depth and competition on the offensive line.
3. Kendall Wright - WR Baylor
Wright is one of the fastest risers in the draft. He also is one of the fastest players in the draft. He will not be available in the 2nd round, and his talent at a position of need maybe to much to pass on. If the Jaguars sign an Colston/Bowe/or Vincent Jackson that fills the #1 possession receiver role but fail to sign a #2 with speed, Wright maybe the top of the board.
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