Round Two Has a Defensive End Problem

Have you ever had that argument with a kid about what order dinner should be eaten? The kid wants to eat the ice cream before the real food. You, the monster, wants them to save the ice cream for last. In this draft, at least in the first two rounds, we appear to be having the same argument.

It seems that in rounds one and two, the Jaguars appear poised to take a QB or a DE in some order. Like the kid with the ice cream, everybody wants a quarterback. Do we take Geno in round one or Dysert in round 2? The problem with this debate is that it leaves out the other position and where to take it. If the Jaguars feel that defensive end is a high position of need, they would be better off taking one with the second overall pick. Unlike the quarterback position, waiting until round two, based on recent draft history, would be risky.

Here are the defensive ends taken in round two of the 2009-2012 NFL Drafts:

2009: Everette Brown, FSU, drafted by the Carolina; Connor Barwin, Cincinnati, drafted by Houston; David Veikune, Hawaii, drafted by Cleveland

2010: Carlos Dunlap, Florida, drafted by Cincinnati

2011: Jabaal Sheard, Pitt, drafted by Cleveland; Brooks Reed, Arizona, drafted by Houston; Da'Quan Bowers, Clemson, drafted by Tampa Bay

2012: Courtney Upshaw, Alabama, drafted by Baltimore; Andre Branch, Clemson, drafted by Jacksonville; Vinny Curry, Marshall, drafted by Philadelphia

In the 2010 Draft, only one player listed as a defensive end was drafted in round two. The other three drafts only had three players listed as defensive ends drafted in round two. Not only that, the overall quality of these selections are questionable. While the the 2013 Draft appears to be loaded with DL prospects, and not all of them can go in round one. Scheme-specific guys like Dion Jordan will not last that long.

This complicates things for Jacksonville because the team has needs at QB and DE. Obviously, if you have a need at QB, it is your greatest need. However, if you are looking for a player to fit a scheme (re: LEO), you can't just pick any guy. He has to fit what you're trying to do. So if you are the GM and there is a quarterback available when you pick, that you believe is a franchise guy, you pick him. If not, you fill your next greatest need.

When the Jags go on the clock in the first round, and they are not in love with Geno, Barkley, or any other QB, the pick should be defensive end. Waiting until round two for a defensive end could prove problematic since the right guy for your scheme, may not be there. If that's the case, then we'll have to be adults and get our Dysert dessert in round two.

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