The Jaguars are in position to get a legitimate starter in the 2nd Rd at multiple positions.
The additions of Justin Blackmon (Projected by the Jags to be a legitimate #1 WR) and Laurent Robinson (Signed to be our #2) allow Mike Thomas to move back into his natural slot position. With our glaring holes at WR addressed, this more than likely eliminates the Jaguars from looking at other potential #2 WR's in Alshon Jefferey or LSU's Randle that lack true Pro Bowl potential.
Will the Jags go for Need, Upside, BAP, or Impact offensive weapon?
After the jump lets look at the different options the Jaguars have for the 38th overall pick.
NEED - If Gene decides to draft the best player at the position of greatest need we will be going pass rushing DE and the best pass rusher left is Andre Branch of Clemson. Good combination of height, speed, and pass rush moves. Like Blackmon, this would be a really great marriage of need/value for Jags fans because there are no players available in Free Agency with Branch's skill set. Courtney Upshaw could also be an option, but is much less of a pass rusher. Outlook: Hopeful & Likely
UPSIDE - If the front office decides it's time to swing for the fences and try to resolve the WR position once and for all, Stephen Hill has the highest ceiling of players on the board. He could end up the poor man's Moss to Blackmon's poor man's Chris Carter. Outcome: Not as likely as I'd like it to be as Stephen Hill could easily come off the board in the first 5 picks of the 2nd Rd.
BAP (w/Flags) - I think there's little doubt that among scouts that CB Janoris Jenkins has top 15 "talent," potentially as good a pure cover corner as guys that went in the top 12. I think it's time the Jags start trying to draft future Pro Bowlers instead of boy scouts. Outlook: UNLIKELY
BAP (Clean) - Georgia OT Cordy Glenn is a first round talent that would fit best as a road grading RT with above pass blocking skills. He's a first round talent that would solidify the right side of the offensive line by moving Britton to LG once and for all. OT Jonathan Martin & C Peter Koonz also could be potential week 1 starters that could help our OL immediately. Outlook: Very Possible - Gene loves big guys early.
Impact offensive Weapon: Stanford TE Coby Fleener would give the Jaguars the best vertical threat at TE the franchise has ever had. Gronkowski potential in the passing game. If the goal is to surround Gabbert with as many weapons as you can get on the field, this is the pick. Outlook: Like Hill, Fleener could go to multiple teams between picks 33 and 37.
My recommendation: Go with Branch. The draft is the only avenue we have left to effectively address our pass rush, add a speed WR/TE in the 3rd Rd (Givens or Hilton), and sign two veteran offensive linemen (capable of starting) for depth. We can draft a CB to replace Mathis in the 1st Rd next year. Would also love to see a speed RB fall to us in the 5th Rd like a Chris Rainey. With Blackmon, Givens/Hilton, & Rainey the Jags would have added a lot of playmaking ability & pure speed to their offense and special teams.