10 Things Zoltan Thinks about the 2011 Draft

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  • I think Jaguars MUST go on a shopping spree in free agency. The buzz is that they’re planning to

    Source: prosbeforehos.com

    acquire two to four players in free agency. I’d say bet the over. Right now the Jaguars LB unit is one of the weakest in the entire NFL. The Mathis-Prosinski-Greene-Cox starting secondary would not be much of an upgrade over last year’s awful defensive backfield. The LDE spot could use help as well with because Jeremy Mincey has a long record of injuries and only Austen Lane is behind him – I just ask that they move on from the Derrick Harvey saga. I hear the plan is to bring in one big name (think Aaron Kampman) and the rest will be low profile guys like Jason Hill, Kassim Osgood, and Sean Considine. I advise the Jaguars front office to target two big name free agents (one DB, one LB) and add two more low profile names. I think this defense must arm itself for the great challenges of the other AFC South teams especially against the passing game, but the run stoppers can use some help against Chris Johnson, Arian Foster, and whoever the Colts use. I hope that Eric Weddle becomes a Jaguars and one of the Barett Ruud/Paul Poszluszny duo join him.  I know it will be not cheap, but since the Jaguars elected to not address the LB position and they drafted more of a backup FS in Prosinksi than a real solution (please don’t tell me Don Carey and Chris Prosinski will battle for the FS starting job!), they need to address these needs.

  • I think Jack Del Rio’s status for 2012 is a mystery. What if the Jaguars do reach the playoffs, but with a 9-7 record and a promising debut of Blaine Gabbert? Do you fire Jack Del Rio then or give him a chance to fulfill his contract, which expire after the 2012 season? Many of the Jaguars fans said they would give Del Rio another shot with a new QB.  Lucky for Jack, owner Wayne Weaver once again has backpedaled from his January demands (playoffs or regime change). So by Gene Smith drafting a 1st round player who will see very limited time, he might just have helped out Jack Del Rio, as well.
  • I think somebody will get a great value in Mark Herzlich. 32 teams just gave him another reason to prove that he can play. If he can perform at the level he played at early in his Boston College career, he could be a major steal. And right now signing him wouldn’t be a bad PR move either.
  • I think we all know that the Gabbert pick is the most important piece of the rebuilding puzzle. If he succeeds, the Jaguars will become a powerhouse in the NFL for a long time. If he fails, the rebuilding efforts will likely collapse with him, which could mean the end of the pro football in Jacksonville. I think this is it, folks – the upcoming years are “make or break” times for the organization. But this is a challenge for the Jaguars’ fan base as well. Many said they wanted a new QB before they would make it back into the stands. Well, the QB has arrived, so that excuse is no longer valid. With Los Angeles attempting to acquire a new franchise, the Jaguars fan base must support its team. But to show that support, there must be a new season, so…
  • I think the owners and players must realize the longer the unrest continues, the more harm will be done to the NFL. I think the players are in a much worse situation. The paychecks aren’t coming and based on what appears to be the norm for spending habits in the NFL, I think they will feel the need much sooner than they think. But the owners have a lot to lose, as well. I bet Zygi Wilff in Minnesota is suffering for the same reasons many of the players will soon. At the draft, you could see that the fans are passionate about the game but want a resolution soon. They are the ones who support the league. Don’t wait until they start looking to project that passion somewhere else.

-Zoltan Paksa


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  • Brandon Clark

    i agree with everything, except thinking we drafted another pierre garcon

    I’ve had my “afternoon beer”s so who knows about tomorrow

    but right now, i like it!

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  • thehof

    I would really like for the Jaguars to sign Herzlich and I’d think we have a good shot because there is obviously opportunity at the LB position and we are proven to not hold a guy back only because he’s an UDFA.

    As far as liking/not liking our later picks, it’s way too early to say anything. I think it’s kind of unfair to love Issac and not like Shorts and Prosinski. You seem to like Rod because he plays hard and had good college production, despite admitting that the Jaguars took him too early. Shorts and Prosinski have the same reputation for playing 110 MPH and had HUGE college production – they were picked earlier than Issac, but you said all three were drafted too soon. What’s not to like??

  • kjones407

    I don’t think that Prosinsky is another Sean Considine, and if he is, he is a more athletic version of him. And when you think about it, that wouldn’t be such a bad thing. I thought the only think people didn’t like about Considine was his athleticism. Considine made plays when in the position to do so and maybe Prosinsky will bring that same attribute too. And I highly doubt they drafted Cecil Shorts to be another Garcon, with their build, I don’t think they are the same type of player. And who are the ‘experts’ you were referring to that graded their pro potential, as that term gets tossed around so loosely.

    I get what you are saying about Gene not getting the most out of his draft picks, but there are many variables about the process that we don’t understand. Maybe you are right and he could’ve gotten these players in later rounds and he should’ve traded back in a few instances, but who’s to say there were any willing trade partners? You can point to other teams trading back as a valid point to say there could’ve been at least one team willing to make the trade, but that is another one of those things we don’t know. Also, what makes you so sure that the players they drafted would’ve been there had they traded back? I think that with all of the labor uncertainty, they stuck to their board and got the players they wanted. Don’t get me wrong, I would’ve loved if they could’ve gotten more players out to of the draft, but since we don’t know what there board looked like, it’s impossible to tell how many players they missed out on to get the players they wanted.

    • thehof

      Sean Considine, Combine #’s
      Height: 6′
      Weight: 212
      40 yd dash: 4.5 sec
      10 yd split: 1.56 sec
      Bench reps: 19
      Vertical: 37″
      Broad jump: 9’9″

      Chris Prosinski, Pro Day #’s
      Height: 6’1″
      Weight: 202
      40 yd dash: 4.39 sec
      10 yd split: 1.54 sec
      Bench reps: 14
      Vertical: 39.5″
      Broad: 11’2″

      • Brandon Clark

        i love stats research. thank you!

  • cathousecrazy

    I liked this article for the same reasons I like pretty much all of Zoltan’s articles I have read. He always make points that make me think. Not just the same old crap under a different headline. Nice. The Houston stuff is dead on.
    I don’t agree with a point Zoltan makes here that I see being made by fans and writers alike. Often times we see the opinion they could have got the same guy later on. If you consider all the variables that are looked at and can be controlled by a G.M./team that is the one that they control the least. There are 31 other teams out there how can you possibly know what all of them think about a player, let alone if he is on there board and how high they rate him.
    I don’t agree the team wanted their own Garcon. I do think every team in the league including the Nags are looking for the next Mathis. Rightfully so. Gene was not calling shots for guys like Cordova and Groves.
    As far as this year I think they had players rated inline at these picks and they picked them. That simple.

    • Brandon Clark

      garcon reminds me of Matt Jones in that he can make the spectacular catch but the routine catch seems to confuse him

  • dan073eb

    Austin Collie = elite?? I don’t know about that one…

    • Brandon Clark


      reliable but not elite. I believe what we see is another fine-tuned example of an all-time elite QB makin a WR more than he is

      Amazing to watch