The day of reckoning is finally upon us. In less than twelve hours, the Jacksonville Jaguars will be finished with their first round dealings in the 2011 NFL Draft. The league remains in legal purgatory due to the lockout being lifted, the NFL filing for a hold, and Judge Susan Richard Nelson swiftly denying the aforementioned hold. However, bureaucratic chaos is still not enough to put a damper on this special evening, which will forever change the lives of thirty-two young men, while simultaneously progressing and dooming different franchises. In reality, all drafts are laden with mediocrity, sprinkled with busts, and holding no more than a handful of diamonds in the rough.
So how will the draft play out? I wish I knew. Did Gene Smith and company milk this group of young men for every drop of talent he could get? Ask me after that they have been in the league for two years.
But no matter whom we select and whom we pass on, I plead with you all to remain steadfast in your faith in our general manager and scouts. Contrary to popular belief, they know a whole hell of a lot more than we do about football, talent evaluation, and every facet of this draft. I still cringe with embarrassment over the way most casual fans received our selection of Tyson Alualu last year. To be honest, I really don’t give a damn about whether or not our first round selection is on Mel Kiper’s big board. I am confident in our personnel staff and truly believe that the Jaguars arrow is pointing up, and this draft will further cement Jacksonville as a true contender in the coming years.
Remain calm, remain patient. Love this team. In Gene we trust.