The first round of the 2014 NFL Draft came and went in a flash. The night ended with a big sigh of relief from a lot of Jaguars fans, as the Minnesota Vikings struck a deal with the Seattle Seahawks to move up and take Teddy Bridgewater with the last pick of the first round. Many fans were worrying that the Houston Texans could be walking away with Jadeveon Clowney and Bridgewater as their first two picks, but the Vikings put those fears to rest.
As we all know by now, the Jaguars took UCF quarterback Blake Bortles with the 3rd overall pick. The Jaguars and Dave Caldwell will now turn their attention to the 39th pick, currently the next pick the team has. So who are the top remaining prospects on the board for the Jags? Here’s my take:
- Xavier Su’A-Filo, G, UCLA – The top guard on my board is still currently available. I think XSF possesses the traits to become a pro bowl-level player for years to come. The Jags added Zane Beadles in the offseason, but they still need a guard on the right side of the line.
- Marcus Martin, C, USC – Martin is my top rated center, and I’m a little surprised he’s still available. My gut says that if he’s still on the board at 39, he will be the pick. The team obviously has a huge hole at the position, after long-time center Brad Meester retired.
- Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana – Latimer has everything you look for in a receiver: good size, speed, and great hands. The Jaguars have a need at wideout, and Latimer could certainly help fill it.
- Jeremiah Attaochu, LEO, Georgia Tech – Attaochu is one of my favorite edge-rushers in this draft class. He can bend, and has great speed. He could come in and learn the position behind Chris Clemons and Jason Babin for a few years.
- Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame – Nix is a first round talent who dropped down the board after injuries, but if healthy he could come in and help upgrade the defensive line. Added bonus: he’s from Jacksonville and grew up a Jaguars fan.
The second round of the 2014 NFL Draft kicks off Friday night at 7:00PM, and will include both the 2nd and 3rd rounds. The Jags currently hold picks 39 and 70 in those rounds, respectively.