As you look more and more at the upcoming NFL draft and how it pertains to the Jacksonville Jaguars, it becomes readily apparent it's unfortunate the Jaguars have only 5 draft picks. That number climbed to a whopping 6 with a compensatory pick, but even so you'd like to have quite a few more picks in such a talented draft. According to most draft experts, this particular draft is loaded with roster building talent, talent you can use for the long haul and beyond the first, second, and third round.
Many Jaguars fans are hoping that the Jaguars will trade out of the 10th overall selection in April's Draft, but that is a lot easier said than done. First and foremost it's looking more and more like being stuck at the 10th overall spot is going to put the Jaguars in the proverbial rock and a hard place. It's nice to have a pick that high because you're almost guaranteed an elite talent, but it's also a burden in the Jaguars' instance because no one at the 10 spot is really going to fit. A quarterback likely isn't going to be there. Joe Haden, with his much improved 40 time at his pro-day, likely won't fall there now. Eric Berry could be there, but again that is very doubtful and just wishful thinking. Rolando McClain is interesting, but it's hard to draft a non-premium player who's strictly a middle linebacker in the top 10 of the draft. There will be an offensive lineman there and as important as that unit is, that's a lot of money locked up on the line. Not to mention you'd be paying either a right tackle or a guard top 10 pick money. Running back C.J. Spiller is interesting match up wise, but you can't bring in a guy as the same position as Maurice Jones-Drew to back him up and make more cash.
While some will point to the NFL Draft Value chart, that thing has been blown out of the water so many times the past few seasons it's not even really worth mentioning. If Jacksonville can move out of the 10 spot to the mid-teens or the twenties however, and pick up simply a 2nd round pick and a couple of mid-to-late round selections, in a deep draft like this it can go very far. I'm not saying the Jaguars can pull 4-5 starters out of the draft like they did last year, but for a team that's "rebuilding on the hush" they are valuable players to build the base of a roster and build it the correct way.