Jan 1, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; UCF Knights running back Storm Johnson (8) runs for a 40 yard touchdown during the second half against the Baylor Bears in the Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Jacksonville Jaguars 2014 NFL Draft: Grades Roundup


Nov 16, 2013; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions wide receiver Allen Robinson (8) makes a one handed catch prior to the game against the Purdue Boilermakers at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

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:

CBS Sports , Pete Prisco – Grade: A

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.

SI.COM, Chris Burke – Grade: A-

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.

Yahoo Sports – Grade: A-

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.

FanSided, Ted Schwerzler – Grade: B+

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.

Bleacher Report, Alessandro Miglio – Grade: A

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.

SB Nation, Matthew Fairburn – Grade: A-

They hit on a lot of their needs and managed to get some value in the process.

 

-Daniel Lago

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Tags: 2014 NFL Draft Allen Robinson Blake Bortles Brandon Linder Jacksonville Jaguars Marqise Lee Storm Johnson Telvin Smith

  • Don Don

    My jags are going to be good in the near future. Duuuuuuvvvval

  • Matthew

    i like what they did in rounds 2-7. still think they missed the mark in round 1, but overall, they did a good job.

    • Daniel Lago

      They did do a good job, but this entire class hinges on Bortles panning out.

      • Matthew

        i’m warming up to the pick a little more. perhaps bortles was #1 on cleveland’s, minny’s and tampa’s list? in that case, trading back could have undermined their overall goal – take a qb of the future in this draft. i think any qb taken in a draft is a crap shoot. while i would have been all over manziel at 22 (especially if you already had a 1st round pick like cleveland) or bridgewater at 32 if they really feel bortles is their guy, so be it.

        at this point, i’ can’t wait until training camp to see how the rookies and free agent signings look.

  • mike33901

    I think I have calmed down a little bit. I hated the bortles pick, but if management believes he is the man for 2015 then I will give them the benefit of the doubt. Looking forward to the season