It's the week of the draft (finally!) and, for the first time in a few years, it seems like everything is up in the air. We don't know the top pick, can't decide on the top QB prospect, and a top 10 with at least two trades seems imminent. Not a good year to delay the draft! Out of boredom, I've decided to argue the case for a Jags 1st round pick that hasn't been mentioned at all- at least not from what I've seen. I don't particularly want this pick, I think it's highly unlikely, but I argue it here for fun and to show that we just don't know what Caldwell is thinking.
To make this work, I envision trading back and picking in the 10-15 range. I could speculate endlessly about which teams there might want to trade up for whom (Giants come up for an OT? Titans for a QB or WR???) but for the sake of the argument, let's say we end up there and pick him up in that range. It's about where he should be picked and we'd end up with an additional first round pick in 2015. Yes please!
This team needs an offensive play-maker. If we trade back, we do miss out on Watkins but there's a chance he goes second anyway. I don't like Evans all that much. The next receiver I might pick is LSU's Odell Beckham Jr. but this might be a little high for him. Caldwell could target Eric Ebron in this range which would make a lot of sense.
Ebron is strong, tall, and big. At the combine, he did 24 reps on the bench and ran a 4.6 40, second fastest among tight ends. From Dan Kadar:
"Ebron isn't a build-up speed player. Once he has the ball in his hands, he's moving at top speed and will pull away from some defenders. Speed can really get shown off on play-action. Ebron can fake a block and get up the field in space."
That sounds pretty good to me! NFL.com knocked him for not being big enough but he's already 250 withthe frame to get up to 275 when he's in the NFL program. More on how I think we'd use him in a bit but first...
Why draft a tight end in the first round when we have so many other needs? Well, this actually is a need and we fill it plus grab more picks. Marcedes Lewis is a very good run blocker and a pretty good pass-catcher. His 2010 season was an outlier that earned him a good contract to which he has not lived up - not entirely his fault, there were some personal issues in '11 and some more issues with how he's been used but bottom line, he's overpaid and will likely be gone in 2014 when his cap number jumps up. Think Monroe/Joeckel. We could draft Ebron now and trade Lewis or just let him play out his contract.
With Ebron AND Lewis this season, we'd have a great opportunity to do some two tight end sets similar to what New England would do with Gronk and Hernandez. Throw in Shorts, Sanders, and Robinson and boom. You've created some nasty matchups. In the 2nd round, we could grab Jordan Matthews, Cody Latimer, or Kelvin Benjamin, whoever falls to 39, and Henne would have a nice new set of toys to play with. Ebron is a tight end
From the conspiracy theory department, we also just released Danny Noble so there's certainly room for a tight end on the roster! 2q3ru9quq4pwofaijsl;kfjal
But really, I don't believe or want any of this. Draft Manziel at 3. Happy Draft week everyone! Finally.