April 27, 2012; Jacksonville FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars first round draft pick Justin Blackmon smiles as he is asked a question during a press conference at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-US PRESSWIRE
The Jacksonville Jaguars and the rest of the NFL finished up the 2012 NFL Draft it's now time for those all important draft grades. Like Adam, I'm not really big on actually giving the team an instant grade because really all you're grading them on is your own personal rankings of players.
But, for whatever reason people seem to like reading them. So, here's the what ESPN's Mel Kiper graded the Jaguars draft as.
Overall grade: C
Kiper: "Give the Jaguars credit for hitting needs with their top two picks. Justin Blackmon isn't a guy you want to have to trade up for, but it didn't cost Jacksonville dearly, and the Jaguars had to find a receiver to complement Laurent Robinson. If they didn't get Blackmon or Michael Floyd, they would have been no closer to knowing if Blaine Gabbert can develop into a franchise quarterback. Andre Branch can start early. He's better when he goes wide -- he won't be able to rush through tackles -- but he's a viable guy for a team lacking any punch in the pass rush. Bryan Anger was the top punter on my board, but taking him in the third round, with several guys who profile as potential starting right tackles available? I didn't like that pick. The Jags also didn't adequately address the secondary. Their only pick at corner or safety was Mike Harris. He was my No. 27 corner prospect."
Obviously what's going to bring down their score is the drafting of a punter in the third round, but I think overall the Jaguars did a pretty solid job of targeting and getting good players. Even moving up to get Justin Blackmon, who I'm not a huge fan of, was done in a way where you didn't have to give up too much and still got the player that you wanted.
SB Nation studios did a wrap up of the AFC South draft and assigned their own grades. Once again, the drafting of a punter brings down the grade but I do think they do point out some good value the Jaguars got in the draft overall.