The Jacksonville Jaguars are going to be a needy team in the draft. If things played out ideally, they would be able to trade back, land a top prospect all the same, and still get 3-4 starters from this draft class. As it stands, however, the Jags are likely to stick with just seven picks in the 2013 NFL Draft and be happy with it. Since my ideal scenario involves trading back and that isn’t likely to happen, what is the “ideal scenario” for the Jags during this draft? I took a gander across the internet to find out.
According to Donald Wood of Bleacher Report, the Jags’ ideal draft scenario is to land West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith:
The Jacksonville Jaguars invested a first-round pick on Blaine Gabbert in 2011, but with mediocre play in his two years in the NFL, the franchise should look to make a seismic splash on draft day by taking the best quarterback available this season, West Virginia’s Geno Smith.
John Rozum, another Bleacher Report writer, believes the Jaguars should take Jarvis Jones or Bjoern Werner:
Recording a measly 20 sacks in 2012, the Jaguars didn’t have a single player hit four sacks. Tyson Alualu led with 3.5.
Therefore, selecting either Georgia’s Jarvis Jones or Florida State’s Bjoern Werner must happen in the 2013 NFL draft.
The Rishab Report says the Jaguars’ best case scenario is to nab Dion Jordan (and that’s it’s probable too!):
Jordan is an athletic specimine, who can get to the quarterback at will. The Jags need talent across the board, and Jordan is one of the best players in the draft.
The internet, while enlightening most times, is surprisingly scant on when it comes to Jaguars best case draft scenarios (unless all of these were from BR, in which case we would have a million). I stand by my position that trading back would be the best case scenario, especially if a quarterback hungry team like the New York Jets feel they can use a pick to get “the guy” in Geno Smith. For now, though, it looks like the board is mixed (still) and the Jaguars will be sticking at number two overall. We’ll dive deeper as the week goes on and builds toward the draft.
– Luke N. Sims
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