Well, we already have made some progress these pasts couple weeks.
We have our new GM in David Caldwell, new Head Coach in Gus Bradley, Bradley just completed his coaching staff by hiring Duke University's Ron Middleton to be the TE Coach, we have a new logo, and new uniforms coming. We have also cut OT Guy Whimper (finally) and CB Brandon King and QB John Parker Wilson. I would have liked to see what Wilson could, especially week 17 since Henne wasn't very overall (he did play well in weeks 11 and 12, but after that, he didn't) and we could see what he could have brought to the table, I think he would have been a serviceable backup, and Scelfo could have groomed him a little and try and trade him after the season for a late seventh round pick or something. Oh well, Caldwell and the rest of the front office probably felt that it was a waste of a roster spot to have King and Wilson, it was definitely a waste for Whimper I wonder if he was Whimpering when he left the building.
Now, it's time to look towards Free Agency and in April, the draft.
Sign CB Sean Smith (Miami): 3 years, 24 Mi Plus 1 mi guaranteed
Sign RB Jonathan Dwyer (Steelers: 3 years, 4 Mi Plus 500K Guaranteed
Sign OT Andre Smith (Bengals): 4 years, 24 Mi, 2.5 Mi Guaranteed
Our Own Free Agents:
OLB Daryl Smith: 2 years, 3 Mi, 1 Mi Guaranteed
DE John Chick: 2 years, 1.5 Mi, 500K Guaranteed
CB William Middleton: 1 year, 900K, 300K Guaranteed
C John Estes: 2 years, 1.8 Mi, 600K Guaranteed
S Chris Prosiniski
WR Laurent Robinson
QB John Parker Wilson (Released)
CB Brandon King (Released)
OT Guy Whimper (Released)
2013 NFL Draft:
With San Francisco 49ers' QB Alex Smith being traded to the Kansas City Chiefs, the door is open for the Jaguars to trade down. In this scenario, that is exactly what happens. Three teams decide that they want West Virginia QB Geno Smith, the Philadelphia Eagles, the Arizona Cardinals, and the Buffalo Bills. The the three teams get into a "bidding war", with the Eagles being the first to drop out of the race. The Arizona Cardinals win because they end up as the highest bidder.
Trade: The Jacksonville Jaguars trade their 2013 1st round pick (2nd overall) to the Arizona Cardinals, who draft West Virginia QB Geno Smith. In return, we get their 1st rounder (7th overall), 2013 2nd rounder (39th overall), and 2013 3rd rounder (70th overall). In a draft that has a relatively weaker class in QBs, it would be important for a team like the Cardinals that has more talent than us to get the best QB in the draft. We have too many holes on this team. Caldwell wants to build through the draft, and to do that, we need more picks. The way I see it, we fill more holes when trading down, we don't get the top QB, but we fill more needs and then next year, where there are better QBs, (Bridgewater), we will be in a prime spot to take that QB.
Round 1: 7th Overall Pick:
Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB/(LEO), LSU
Mingo is exactly what Bradley wants in a LEO. He is versatile, and is a great pass rusher. He is raw in terms of technique, but he is improving and has plenty of upside. I origionally had us taking Star Lotuelei out of Utah, but changed the pick after his heart condition. I have no doubt that Lotuelei will be an elite DT, but with this pick and Lotuelei falling down draft boards do to the condition, the value just isn't there. Mingo has the speed that we need on the D-Line, as well as size. He could bulk up a little, but that is a pretty easy "fix" compared to other players (i.e. Corradine Patterson, WR. Inconsistent and his route running is raw.) I would compare Mingo to San Francisco 49ers Aldon Smith, similar build, similar height, and similar skill set. Mingo may not get us a whole lot of sacks his rookie year, but that is the same as Seahawks Bruce Irwin, which Mingo has been compared to as well. Mingo will be an elite player one day, Duffner gets a new, young toy to develop.
Round 2: 33rd Overall Pick:
Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama
Williams has a naturally large frame, which is what we need to fit Bradley's defense. He is incredibly strong, benching 600 pounds. He is not going to provide much pass rush, at least not immediately. He has only play football since he was 15 years old, and only 4 year in the United States. He is a versatile player, with the ability to play both nose Tackle/Guard or 5-Tech DE. He compares to New England Patriots DT Vince Wilfolk in that he is more of a run stuffer/D-Line Anchor. Ran the 40 yard dash in 4.94 seconds. Will be a good fit in the new defensive scheme.
Round 2: 39th Overall Pick:
Mike Glennon, QB, NC State
Glennon has ideal size and arm strength to play in the NFL, but needs to continue to improve his upper and lower body technique. Glennon has an obvious understanding and passion for the game of football. Glennon is still very unpolished and needs to refine the details of the position of QB. He can deliver strikes downfield, making concise NFL throws to all levels of the field. Glennon may be a project, but with Gabbert's future in Jacksonville in question, it is a good idea to have a young, capable backup in place, one who would start out as an upgrade over Chad Henne. At 6'7", 225 Lbs he would probably be the tallest GB in the league. He would probably be hard to bring down. He ran the 40 yard dash in 4.94 seconds. There is a lot of work, but I think that Glennon possesses all the tools and that Scelfo can do a lot with Glennon and he would make a great NFL QB. His role in 2013 would be to be the backup and provide competition for Gabbert, and to learn from and improve his techniques and fundamentals with Scelfo. We are building through the draft, so I believe that there is a real possibility that come April, Glennon will be in teal.
Round 3: 65th Overall Pick:
Darius Slay, CB, Mississippi State
So, we pass on Banks and Amerson. They would have been slightly taller, but Slay brings another element to his game: Speed. He ran the 40 yard dash at the Combine in 4.36 seconds. That is excellent speed. Slay is basically a carbon copy of Derek Cox, who we loose in FA. The only other difference besides speed in these two is that Slay is not as injury prone. Slay can also provide us with the punt/kick returner that we have lacked the last several years. When returning kicks, Slay is explosive and elusive, making would-be tacklers miss. Solid cover corner.
Round 3: 70th Overall Pick:
Ryan Swope, WR, Texas A&M
Swope would work well in the slot. He ran the 40 yard dash in 4.34 seconds, Could be a combination of Wes Welker and Victor Cruz, only much faster than Welker. Swope has smooth, flexible hips to separate from defenders and to burst down field. He would also make for a pretty tall Slot Receiver, and I beleive Swope would give us another deep threat.
Round 4: 97th Overall Pick:
Travis Kelce, TE, Cincinnati
Kelce is a TE that we need. He should go a lot higher than this, but his stock fell after he got injured. He can block (run support and pass protection) and he can catch. Has reliable hands. Not only can he do this, but he also has the ability to trick LBers into thinking he is going to block, and instead slip past them and make for a wide open check down, but he does this near the endzone as well. I believe Kelce is the next Tony Gonzales.
Round 5: 130th Overall Pick:
T.J. McDonald, F/SS, USC
McDonald is more of a hybrid Safety. He is probably better suited to be in the box like a SS, but has cover skills to play over the top in coverage. Good closing speed. Ran the 40 yard dash in 4.59 seconds. 6'3". Compares to Chancellor in Bradley's defense. Replaces Prosiniski. Bradley gets to groom him a little.
Round 6: 163rd Overall Pick:
Zach Line, RB/FB, Southern Methodist
Line is a guy that I think can help us in three ways. He can help the run game by being a effective blocker. He can also take hand offs of get 4-5+ yards on average per carry. And finally, he can also catch. May not be the best at one particular thing, but he is versatile, and in today's NFL, I believe that Versatility is an emerging important factor.
Round 7: 195th Overall Pick:
Rodney Smith, WR, Florida State
Jerry Sullivan gets to groom Smith. Smith is local to Jacksonville, since he goes to FSU. He would provide excellent height for in the red zone. He would provide good depth in the WR Corps, considering that we don't have much depth at the position behind Cecil Shorts III and Justin Blackmon.
Here is a list of potential UDFAs that I would like for us to sign. Those that are in Bold and Italicized are the players that I would prefer.
Micheal Ford, RB, LSU
Robbie Rouse, RB, Fresno State
Latavius Murray, RB, UCF
Tyrone Goard, WR, Eastern Kentucky
Brad Sorensen, QB, Southern Utah
Jeff Tuel, QB, Washington State
James Vandenberg, QB, Iowa
Keith McGill, CB, Utah
53 Man Roster
Rookies are listed in BOLD. Any UDFA Rookies that make the 53 Man Roster will be in BOLD. FAs are listed as name.
QB: #11 Blaine Gabbert > #12 Mike Glennon > #7 Brad Sorensen
FB: #46 Zach Line > #45 Will Ta'ufo'ou
WR: X: #84 Cecil Shorts III > #13 Rodney Smith
WR: Slot: #81 Ryan Swope > #16 Jordan Shipley
WR: Z: #14 Justin Blackmon > #88 Tyrone Goard
LT: #75 Eugene Monroe
LG: #65 Will Rackley > #64 Drew Novak
C: #60 Mike Brewster > #62 John Estes
RG: #77 Uche Nwaneri > #67 Austen Paztur
RT: #68 Andre Smith
TE: #89 Mercedes Lewis > #87 Travis Kelce > 85 Matt Veldman
LDE: #58 Jason Babin > #97 John Chick
RDT: #96 Jesse Williams > #98 Jeris Pendleton
WLB: #94 Barkevious Mingo > #50 Russell Allen
MLB: #51 Paul Posluzny > #53 Brandon Marshall
SLB: #52 Daryl Smith > #57 Julian Stanford
LCB: #23 Sean Smith > 29 William Middleton
FS: #25 Dwight Lowery > #38 Antwan Blake
Slot CB: #20 Mike Harris
SS: #26 Dawan Landry > #37 T.J. McDonald
RCB: #21 Darius Slay > #22 Keith McGill
What do y'all think?