This Draft is more then meets the eye (I'm an old Transformers fan)

So the draft is ended; we all know the names of the 6 rookies; (and Kirk Morrison). The Jaguars already signed a plenty of UDFA rookies. (Personal take; I think Hawaii C John Estes can be a nice pickup for the interior O-line; in best case scenario; he can be the successor of Brad Meester)

But I want to write about 2 very important thing I see in this draft.

Yes; I think the front 7 is changing and is set and has depth as well. For every place in the defensive line (maybe outside Terrance Knighton) I see competition for the position. And in Aaron Kampman’s case,  I see insurance policy picks for now and maybe more for later But I see even more on this about the arrival of the 4 rookie Defensive lineman; and Kirk Morrison.

1. I think Gene Smith just put the basics of the 3-4 together with this draft. I think 2 years from now, assuming the picks turn out well,  we will see Knighton at NT; Tyson Alualu; and D’Anthony Smith as DEs

Larry Hart and Austen Lane as OLBs; and with Morrison and Daryl Smith and Durnat (if he will earn a new contract at the end of this season). I think Aaron Kampman is a fix for now helping to winand Í see 2-3 good years left for him at best. Derrick Harvey is another question mark. Certainly, he must produce this year; and I mean in sacks as well. If not then he will earn the fate of Quentin Groves next year.

2. And this is the most important thing for now. With these selections and signings Gene Smith put Jack Del Rio’s fate in defensive line coach Joe Cullen’s hands. Because Cullen will coach these new lineman and Kampman; he will teach the rookies to put the pressure to the opposite QB; he will be the conductor of this brand new front 7. Jack should thank Gene! He fired “his man” Ted Monachino; who was –let’s face it- not the right person for the job, and hired Joe Cullen; a pass rusher expert. With Monachino; I think Jack would be fired at the end of this upcoming season. With Cullen; I think he have a legitimate shot for big things. If the front 7 begins working all season long; the secondary (even Reggie Nelson if he makes the final roster) will look better and David Garrard will look better (remember the Titans not so long ago; when Al Haynesworth were there, he made the real difference for that team-until Chris Johnson arrived…). So the most important coach this season will be Joe Cullen. He has a second chance from the league; and from Gene and the Jaguars. He can prove now that he is worth that.

Bottom line is; if these players are really as good as Gene believed when he selected them; and Joe Cullen (and of course Jack Del Rio) can teach the rookies how to play in their position; and how to use their advantages and abilities in the NFL; then I guarantee the laughing (by others) will be abandoned very quickly I’m 100% sure!

Yes, we’ll get the C; D; E; and F(“Millen on LSD/crack”) grades in the papers but the game is not played on paper and in April. Nobody remembers where you were picked if you turn out to be a good/great/elite player and we won’t know that about any of the players until well into the fall…

Zoltan Paksa

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Tags: Jack Del Rio Joe Cullen; Gene Smith Justin Durant NFL Draft

  • gb

    i disagree with austen lane being an old in a 3-4 i think he would put on more weight and be a backup de in a 3-4 rather than being a rush linebacker

  • zoltanfrombudapest

    Austen can play in the 3-4 yeah ;as a DE; so you’re right.

  • Mike

    I doubt Gene Smith is trying to build a 3-4 defense. Why bring in Aaron Kampman (who hated the 3-4) and Joe Cullen (a 4-3 defensive coach) if you were going to run a 3-4 defense this season?

    Gene Smith has already stated that he envisions Larry Hart as a Robert Mathis/Dwight Freeney clone – an undersized end who has great speed and explosion.

    Austen Lane isn’t big enough to play end in a 3-4 defense, but too big to play linebacker. 3-4 linebackers are traditionally smaller guys who have top end speed.

    Good article, it’s always fun to read what other fans of the Jags had to say about the draft. If you don’t mind, stop by my blog and leave a comment. Thanks!


    • zoltanfrombudapest

      I think Kampman is a 2 year quick fix/solution. After that he’ll be might gone. And then we can switch to 3-4 easily

      • Mike

        But is Joe Cullen a 2 year quick fix/solution? After the horrendous attempt to switch to the 3-4 last year, I doubt they try it again for quite sometime.

  • keithg

    I agree that this draft is going to be a lot better than the “experts” are claiming. I agree that Cullen and this D-line could do very good things (and man am I excited about it!).

    I don’t think we ae moving towards a 3-4. But, who knows? i’m just a fan.

  • JagSoldier

    Nice article Z, very good points made here. I love this draft (except for the last pick). Theres nothing sexy about it. Gene went out and got a bunch of hard hitting tough guys who seem to love hitting people. Cullen has the tools and potential to work some magic. I really believe that this team is going to have a huge improvement over last year.

    • Mike

      Some people are saying they don’t like the last two picks, and neither did I, but Gene Smith said something the other day that radically changed my opinion.

      The last two picks are instant starters.

      Kick returner and punt returner are two positions that someone needs to start at, so drafting those guys in round 6 is like drafting two starters. That represents great value.

      Already, this draft looks like it has produced 4 starters(Alualu, Morrison, Karim, McGee).

  • Sarj Bloom

    I have been checking through blogs on the Jaguars to find one that I think I can follow. I found this article to be very interesting with a insight? that I would never have thought of. The 3/4 defense? I guess I didn’t think about it because they said the experiment was over and they was sticking to the 4/3. You may have just given Jack and Gene and idea. They do need help with ideas you know.

    I’m a little down on the front office right now. I’ll get over it I hope. This alone gave me a little positive lift.

    I was thinking of starting my own blog but after finding yours I’m thinking I won’t have to. All the other blogs are either in-house or not very good like the ultimate Jags. The UJ blog is too vanilla for me and they run ads that come on and bother me.

    Good luck and I’ll stay tuned for this one.


    • tkopa

      Welcome, join the discussion anytime.