With the draft finally here, speculation can finally become reality and the endless mock drafts and "expert" analysis can stop. That being said, there is still time for me to put one more hat into the ring regarding the Jaguars plan for the draft.
Now I think we can all agree the number one priority in the draft is to improve our offense and allow Blaine Gabbert to show significant progress next season. This concept has mostly been talked about via drafting a wide receiver in the first or second rounds. I have decided to offer a slightly different approach to help improving our offense and it involves positions other than wide out.
We all have seen how Mike Mularkey likes to use multiple tight ends and running backs in his offense and those positions seem to be lackluster excluding Maurice and Marcedes of course. So if the Jaguars were to look at some playmaking players at those positions they could potentially give the offense a much needed boost.
Here are some players I think would spark the offense who are not wide receivers focusing more on rounds 2-7.
Orson Charles-TE-Georgia: He has good pass catching ability and can make plays. He was a good security option for QB Aaron Murray and would be a great number two behind Marcedes and could help provide a sure pair of hands for Blaine.
LaMichael James-RB-Oregon: Has great speed and quickness and could bring another element to our offense. Cannot run inside but honestly that not what we need. He can be similar to his former teammate Jaquizz Rogers who was a nice piece in Malarkey’s offense in Atlanta.
Chris Rainey-RB-Florida: SImilar to James would be great with screens and swing passes. Also would give a boost to the return game.
Cyrus Gray-RB-Texas A&M: Another back who can catch out of the backfield. He good size and is also very effective in open space.
James Hanna-TE-Oklahoma: Good catching ability and is exceptional at catching balls that are not perfect. He is not the most polished tight end but he just has the ability to come down with the ball consistently.
Ladarius Green-TE-Louisiana Lafayette: Has great athletic ability and has been somewhat under the radar due to the conference he plays in. However he has good speed and ability to create problems for opposing defenses.