After three seasons in the league, it’s time to grade the 2014 Jacksonville Jaguars draft class — headlined by their worst pick in quarterback Blake Bortles.
That’s according to Chris Burke of Sports Illustrated who re-graded all 32 draft classes from 2014. And here’s what he had to say about the Jaguars:
Best pick: Telvin Smith, LB, Florida State (Round 5, No. 144)
Worst pick: Blake Bortles, QB, UCF (Round 1, No. 3)
A lot of positives in this class for the Jaguars, including Smith, WR Allen Robinson (No. 61) and OL Brandon Linder (No. 93). Robinson’s production slipped last season, as that of fellow ’14 draft pick Marqise Lee (No. 39) rose. If Lee and Robinson both wind up being 1,000-yard WRs for the Jaguars, that would be a boon. Linder’s penciled in as the starting center again after a strong ’16 campaign. But then there is Bortles. While he has upwards of 11K career passing yards and will be the starter again this season, he certainly has not performed like a No. 3-overall pick.
Chris is being kind.
When you miss out on a quarterback and your No. 3 overall pick, you don’t get a B- and I don’t care who else you picked. Marqise Lee is a fine receiver, but he might not get a second contract from the team.
What do you think? Is Chris was spot on with his B- grade? Or should it have been lower? Or maybe even higher?
What grade would you give the 2014 Jaguars draft class?
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