The fearless and prepared leader of the Jaguars, GM Gene Smith, has just finished his third draft class at the helm.
A quick recap of the players selected by the Jaguars in 2011:
1st Round, pick 10: QB Blaine Gabbert
Jaguars trade 16th and 49th picks to move up to pick number 10 and select Blaine Gabbert. Gabbert is now the heir apparent to incumbent QB David Garrard. All signs point to Gabbert sitting on the bench for his first season, a la Carson Palmer (Bengals).
Gabbert was the consensus #2 QB by most media, behind only Heiman winner Cameron Newton (Auburn QB).
3rd Round, pick 12: LT Will Rackley
Jaguars trade 80th(current 3rd round) and 192nd(6th round) picks to move up to pick number 76 and select Lehigh University LT Will Rackley. Rackley will most likely play an interior position, namely guard.
4th Round, pick 17:
Jaguars stayed put and selected Mt Union WR Cecil Shorts at 114 overall. Shorts is most noted for breaking Colts WR Pierre Garcons’s records at Mt Union.
4th Round, pick 24: FS Chris Prosinski
Chris Prosinski quick study
Jaguars again stay put and select FS Chris Prosinski of Wyoming at pick 121 overall.
5th Round, pick 16: CB Rod Issac
A quick study on Issac
The Jaguars remain with their final pick #147 and select Rod Issac, a CB from Middle TN State. Mike Mayock of NFL Network raved about the pick.
Assuming all players work out (not the wisest move), it can be said that the Jaguars met a long-term need at QB, as well as immediate needs in the defensive backfield and interior offensive line. The WR will most likely be a long-term #4 WR. Do not doubt, however, that this receiving corps could shuffle.
This should be the final list of all players drafted by the Jaguars in 2011. There is a possibility future picks are traded for more picks in this draft–but don’t bet on that happening. The Jaguars will likely add more undrafted selections when the both the lockout and the CBA issues have been settled.
Look for more information to come on these guys.