NFL Draft results: Brandon Linder picked by Jaguars

Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

Linder will probably be the favorite to start at right guard, although he'll likely have to win the spot.

SB Nation 2014 NFL Draft

After trading up from pick No. 105 to acquire the No. 93 selection in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Jaguars selected Miami (FL) guard Brandon Linder. The move addresses the Jaguars' serious need along the interior of the offensive line, giving the Jaguars a player to pair with Zane Beadles at guard.

Following the retirement of long-time center Brad Meester, the Jaguars have a hole at center that they attempted to aggressively fill with the addition of Alex Mack. Despite being transition tagged by the Cleveland Browns, the Jaguars extended a contract offer, but the two-time Pro Bowler's offer was matched by the incumbent team.

With Mack's return to Cleveland, the Jaguars were left with a hole at center, but they don't have much talent to work with at right guard either, following the release of starter Uche Nwaneri. Without much competition at the spot, Linder will presumably compete for a starting role that he will likely be the favorite to win.

At 6'6, 311 pounds, Linder is a very large guard prospect, who is built well to deal with NFL defensive lineman. While he isn't the most athletic player, he is likely familiar with Jedd Fisch's system, as that was his former offensive coordinator with the Hurricanes.

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