Defensive end Bobby McCray is set to become an unrestricted free agent and might not be back while Reggie Hayward is still struggling to regain his pre-injury form so it would not be a surprise to see the Jaguars look in that direction with this pick. After playing second fiddle to Gaines Adams earlier in his career Phillip Merling finally got his chance to shine in 2007 and he emerged as a potential first rounder. A two-way end with a terrific motor who can play both the run and the pass effectively, Merling may be just the right fit here. Don't rule out yet another wide receiver either though..
The Jags made improvements late in the year against the pass, but they could still use help in the secondary. If the Jaguars want to get over the hump and make it past the Colts in the AFC South, adding another young, talented player to the secondary could be a wise move. Smith suffered a broken toe in the Big XII Title game, but he apparently felt that he'd be able to recover in time for the draft. When healthy, Smith is a talented cover man with great speed who could also help the Jags with their kick return game..
Quentin Groves will add even more fire power to Jacksonville's defense. The Jaguars are solid on D, but Groves is a fantastic pass rusher who can get in the backfield in a hurry. Groves is a little small, but the massive DTs of the Jaguars will help take pressure off of him..
With Campbell and Harvey off the board and no defensive end of value here, the Jaguars find Reggie Nelson’s safety mate, in another Reggie. Sammy Knight had a solid season, but at age 32 he only has a few more seasons. Smith brings the versatility of playing anywhere in the defensive backfield.
The Jaguars should use this pick on the best available pass-rusher. Although Groves struggled through an injury-riddled senior season, there isn't an edge rusher in the 2008 class with better top-end speed. His stock is likely to soar following what should be impressive showings at the combine and individual workouts.
The Jaguars have struggled in drafting wide receivers. They currently do not have anyone on the team with more than 39 catches. That is an atrocious sub 3 catches a game. Reggie Williams and Ernest Wilford are big possession receivers. Look for the Jaguars to add a burner like Manningham to give Garrard a home run threat that they have not had ever in Jacksonville./i>
The Jaguars really should get David Garrard a reliable receiver. Given their complete inability to judge talent at the receiver position in recent years, that's unlikely. Instead, they should try to bolster what is already one of the AFC's top defenses. 32 year old Paul Spicer was the Jags only defensive end with more than 3 sacks this season..