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Jacksonville Jaguars 2011 NFL Draft Weekend Wrap-Up

We'll try every day to give you guys the news on the Jacksonville Jaguars around the internet. It's the off-season for us, so any and all Jaguars information is going to be at a premium. But as you know, you can find everything you need on Big Cat Country. I have no shame. Here's a small round up from draft weekend.

Jaguars go with more small-school picks, but only two on defense |
On Thursday, when the Jaguars used their first pick on a future franchise quarterback rather than a defensive player — a more immediate need — Jaguars director of player personnel Terry McDonough told defensive coordinator Mel Tucker not to worry."I said 'Mel, just relax,' " McDonough said. " 'Trust what we're doing.' It would have been a lot easier to sit up here and explain if we had unrestricted free agency before the draft. It would have made more sense probably to you and everybody else."

With Jags' draft direction, the current is against Del Rio, but he goes with the flow |
There was an elephant in the draft room Thursday night when the Jaguars gave up a second-round pick to select quarterback Blaine Gabbert.For the Jaguars' scouts, it was a moment of celebration. They selected the quarterback they think was the best in the draft this year, a player they think will become the face of the franchise and someday bring a Super Bowl trophy to Jacksonville.For coach Jack Del Rio, though, it was something of a bittersweet moment.His job suddenly got a whole lot harder.

Gene Smith feels good about third draftc lass
All in all, Gene Smith liked what he saw. Smith, who on Saturday evening finished his third draft as the Jaguars’ General Manager, said while he can understand the questions some may have about the team’s 2011 NFL Draft, he said the reality is the Jaguars have a few goals in a draft

What They're Saying About the Jaguars Draft
It's not often that a club has the opportunity to draft the consensus top-rated quarterback with the 10th pick in the draft, but that is exactly what the Jaguars did and all it cost them was a second-rounder.

Jaguars will address defense in free agency | April
The Jaguars are not dropping hints that they will sign players on defense whenever free agency begins, they are flat out saying it. There's no veiled interest here.

Evaluating the remaining Jaguars needs | May
No NFL fan is happy with the fact that a labor dispute has caused a jumbled offseason and has threatened the possibility of professional football even being played in the fall. However, due to these circumstances free agency will take place after the draft, a situation that I feel is beneficial to teams and should be the way every offseason is scheduled.