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NFL Draft grades: Jaguars get by with passing marks


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Jacksonville Jaguars Best pick: I like second-round safety Jonathan Cyprien, who will be an immediate starter. He is a safety with range, which this team needed. Questionable move: Not taking a pass rusher in the first five rounds, when it's an apparent need. Then again, you can't fix everything in one draft. Third-day gem: RB/WR Denard Robinson. This former quarterback has great speed and elusiveness in the open field. He will be a nice weapon to move around. Analysis: In his first draft as general manager of the team, Dave Caldwell did a nice job. They had major needs at all spots in the secondary and he addressed it early and often. The choice to take tackle Luke Joeckel in the second was a good pick. Grade: A-

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Overview: Rookie GM Dave Caldwell inherited one of the league's most talent-starved rosters from annual draft-misser Gene Smith. Caldwell's approach was to simply land good football players, which makes sense because Jacksonville doesn't have many of them. Joeckel and Cyprien were widely considered first-round locks before the draft, and I thought press-corner Gratz was a sleeper for the top 32. The Robinson pick may be laughed at in some circles, but he has a genuine chance to be the Jaguars' running back of the future. Maurice Jones-Drew is coming off major foot surgery and entering a contract year. Evans was a solid late value pick; he has centerfielder range and was an excellent player overshadowed by Matt Elam at UF. The Jags still have a laundry list of needs -- pass rusher and quarterback most glaring among them -- but from all indications Caldwell is off to a strong start. Jacksonville still has a long way to go before becoming a competitive team. Grade: B-

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Jacksonville Jaguars, Grade - A: New GM David Caldwell aced his first test. The Jaguars have the luxury to put Texas A&M athletic first-rounder Luke Joeckel at right tackle. They shored up their secondary with a much-needed cleanup safety (Florida International's Jonathan Cyprien) and strong all-around cover corner (Connecticut's Dwayne Gratz) to start right away. For an offense and special teams short on playmakers, that quotient was raised by South Carolina's Ace Sanders and Michigan's Denard Robinson back to back. Caldwell also was smart not to reach for a quarterback when the value was never quite there, and got an intriguing undrafted free agent in Arizona's Matt Scott.

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Jacksonville Jaguars: If this draft is any indication, the new regime in Jacksonville will accomplish some great things. OT Luke Joeckel is a stud, and S John Cyprien easily could have been a Round 1 pick. Pencil in CB Dwayne Gratz as a starter, as well. Best of all, the additions of WR Ace Sanders and RB/WR/QB/KR/shoelace boycotter Denard Robinson will allow the Jaguars to be a lot more creative on offense. Grade: A

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