It’s difficult and downright silly to give definitive grades on a draft class less than 24 hours after the final selection, but people still do it anyway. Despite it’s ultimate irrelevance, it’s nice to see the Jacksonville Jaguars are almost universally getting praised. We already pointed out Mel Kiper’s ‘A’ grade, but Kiper wasn’t alone in his high marks. Here’s a quick round-up of grades from around the web:
I am in the minority, but I love the pick of Blake Bortles at No. 3. They had to get a quarterback. They followed that up with a lot of help for an offense that needed it. Impressive.
Getting both Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson in Round 2 was remarkable. With Cecil Shorts, they’ll form a dangerous corp capable of shifting looks.
The Jaguars made the most of their Senior Bowl experience, drafting a slew of players they coached in Mobile in the later rounds, including potential steals in Colvin, Telvin Smith and Chris Smith.
The Jaguars went out and filled the big impact player holes they needed to. They got their quarterback of the future and they brought in weapons to help him succeed. The linebacking issues they were looking to shore up are addressed with strong depth, and there is value across the board. If Bortles turns out to be more than just Jacksonville’s guy, this may be the draft to turn the franchise back around.
The Jaguars hit on pick after pick in the draft after Bortles, including receivers Marqise Lee out of USC and Allen Robinson out of Penn State. Caldwell maneuvered his way through the draft well to get his way.
They hit on a lot of their needs and managed to get some value in the process.
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