The NFL Draft is known for featuring surprising picks that go early than expected and the long slides of players projected to go much earlier. Yet, the 2013 NFL Draft seemed to exceed those expectations as Florida State's E.J. Manuel was the only quarterback to go in the first 32 picks and several offensive lineman went in the first round that left people scratching their head.
Those unexpected picks meant that several highly-rated players slipped out of the first round and will be on the board when the Jaguars go on the clock at 33. After Thursday's first round, here are the top players still on the board, according to SB Nation's Dan Kadar:
14. Tank Carradine | 6'4, 276 pounds | Defensive end | Florida State
18. Arthur Brown | 6'0, 241 pounds | Middle linebacker | Kansas State
19. Keenan Allen | 6'2, 206 pounds | Wide receiver | California *
20. Geno Smith | 6'2, 218 pounds | Quarterback | West Virginia
23. Jonathan Cyprien | 6'0, 210 pounds | Safety | Florida International
26. D.J. Swearinger | 6'0, 212 pounds | Safety | South Carolina
29. Johnathan Hankins | 6'2, 320 pounds | Defensive tackle | Ohio State
31. Jesse Williams | 6'3, 323 pounds | Defensive tackle | Alabama
33. Larry Warford | 6'3, 332 pounds | Guard | Kentucky
34. Zach Ertz | 6'5, 250 pounds | Tight end | Stanford *
On Thursday, Mark Long of the Associated Press tweeted that the Jaguars would not take a quarterback with their second round selection and that they would instead target someone who would be a definitive starter like Luke Joeckel.
With that in mind, safety and cornerback would probably be the two positions with the least amount of talent, with an argument to be made for linebacker and defensive tackle as well. Carradine, Brown, Cyprien, Swearinger, Hankins and Williams are all picks that could make sense for the Jaguars.