The Jacksonville Jaguars are on the clock:
Round 1, Pick 7 – TRADE: The Jacksonville Jaguars trade the 7th overall pick to the Cincinnati Bengals for the 17th, 53rd, and 156th overall picks.
It’s no secret that the Jaguars have been shopping the 7th overall pick. There have been mentions of the Chiefs, Seahawks and Jets as possible trading partners but the dark horse in the race would be the Bengals. They have two 1st round picks and are in serious need of a pass rusher. With DE/LB Melvin Ingram on the board, the Bengals could possibly make the trade. Ingram is projected as the best pass rusher in the draft. They also have three 5th round picks, in which the Jags will likely ask for one to make the deal more competitive than other offers.
Round 1, Pick 17 (From Bengals) – WR Stephen Hill, Georgia Tech
The Jaguars have shown interest in Hill and it’s easy to see why. He’s physically gifted, athletic and has all the measurables of a #1 receiver. Hill still needs some minor polishing to emerge as an elite receiver. Under Jerry Sullivan, who is one of the best receiver coaches in the business, there will be a lot expected of Hill. He will likely start opposite of Laurent Robinson on opening day.
Round 2, Pick 38 – DE Vinny Curry, Marshall
Pass rush has been a concern of the Jaguars since Gene Smith took over. We need to be able to put pressure on the QB and Curry offers a relentless pass rushing DE in the second round. He is a hardworking, Gene Smith type of guy. His explosion, quickness and strength could be what the Jags need at DE. Curry can be a solid starter from day one.
Round 2, Pick 53 (From Bengals) – CB Jayron Hosley, Virginia Tech
The need for CB is evident in this era of pass first NFL football. Last year, the secondary was depleted by injuries and the team will have to add depth this year. The addition of Aaron Ross was a great signing but the Jaguars need a long term solution since Rashean Mathis isn’t getting any younger. Hosley could be considered one of the top 5 CB’s in the draft. If he’s available the Jaguars will have a deep pool of talent in the secondary this year.
Round 3, Pick 70 – DE Cam Johnson, Virginia
Once again, the Jags need pass rush. Johnson is a very athletic, strong, explosive DE. He is another effort guy and I have the feeling that Joe Cullen will have fun with him. He does need some work and struggles against double teams but he’ll likely be expected to be a role player in his first year. With the right coaching, I believe Johnson will be better than projected.
The addition of Johnson and Curry will give the Jaguars a decent crop of DEs. Jeremy Mincey, Aaron Kampman, Austen Lane, John Chick, George Selvie, Vinny Curry and Cam Johnson seem like they’ll be able to get after QB’s.
Round 4, Pick 101 – WR T.Y. Hilton, Florida International
Hilton offers the Jaguars a quick, agile, shifty receiver that has the speed to be a vertical threat. He could easily thrive as a slot receiver, and could be used similarly to how Mularkey used Harry Douglas in Atlanta. The Jaguars have showed interest and he will help give depth to a need. He also has value as a return man.
The Jags could feel comfortable trading Mike Thomas, and I think the most they’ll get for him is a 4th round pick. Considering he was drafted in the 4th it would be an okay trade. With the addition of T.Y. Hilton, the Jaguars get the same thing they got in Mike Thomas but in a faster, taller frame. The WR group will likely be Stephen Hill, Laurent Robinson, Lee Evans, T.Y. Hilton, Cecil Shorts III and Jarett Dillard.
The trade with the Ravens is possible because they need to add another receiver to their roster. Behind Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith, there is limited talent. The other WR’s on the Ravens roster are Tandon Doss, Rodney Bradley, Phillip Livas, David Reed, LaQuan Williams and Pat Williams, whom all combined for 4 receptions and 46 yards last season. The addition of Thomas gives the Ravens a good slot receiver.
Round 4, Pick 130 (From Ravens) – OT Brandon Mosley, Auburn
When Guy Whimper was inserted into the offensive line, the quality of play plummeted. There is limited depth behind the starting offensive linemen. Brandon Mosley is a raw prospect that has a tremendous upside. He has nice size and could possibly move around on the offensive line.
Round 5, Pick 142 – RB Chris Rainey, Florida
The Jaguars had a lot of injuries last year and the injury to Rashad Jennings was horrible. MJD had the most yards in the league and it could have been because Deji Karim didn’t contribute at all. Drafting Rainey will help. He is a quick, agile, short space back that can take over the role we expected Karim to have. Mularkey could use him like he did Jaquizz Rogers, for screens, short passes and a change of pace.
Round 5, Pick 156 (From Bengals) – DT Travian Robertson, South Carolina
With the injury to Terrance Knighton, Jacksonville will be looking to add some depth at DT. Robertson offers a similar run stopping style of play. He’s not the best pass rusher, but will use his strength and frame to keep OL off the LBs. He'll likely be behind C.J. Mosley and D'Anthony Smith. There are still some good free agent possibilities and Knighton is expected a full recovery so the Jaguars wait until the later rounds to draft a DT.
I considered taking CB Ryan Steed, Furman here but his 4.68 in the 40 at the combine dropped his stock. His lack of speed and decent size will likely have him projected as a S, but he strays away from contact, gets hung up on blocks and gets lost in run support. I would rather see the team develop DB Rod Isaac than draft Steed.
Round 6, Pick 176 – LB Tahir Whitehead, Temple
Whitehead will likely add some depth to the LB’s and be a special teams contributor. He is very good in short areas and can disrupt TE and WR routes very well. He’ll be a rotation guy.
Round 7, Pick 228 (From Bengals for Reggie Nelson in 2010) – TE Adrien Robinson, Cincinnati
There is some concern at TE. For the past few years Miller has been injured and there is limited depth behind Marcedes Lewis. If the Jaguars do decide to draft a TE, it’ll likely be in the later rounds or if there’s one available too good to pass. There is also still some serviceable talent they can pick up in free agency. The Jaguars have shown interest in Adrien Robinson and is an all-around TE that’ll help the offense.