Jacksonville Jaguars 2014 NFL Draft: Tackle in the First Round?


Jan 4, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas A&M Aggies tackle Jake Matthews (76) in action against the Oklahoma Sooners during the 2013 Cotton Bowl at Cowboys Stadium. The Aggies beat the Sooners 41-13. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

With a little over a week to go until the 2014 NFL Draft, it’s good to take any rumors thrown around with a grain of salt. While some teams and general managers – like the Jacksonville Jaguars and David Caldwell – have done a good job of being forthright and transparent during the draft process, misdirection and smokescreens are almost a mandate so close to the first round.

The latest talk has come courtesy of ESPN blogger Michael DiRocco, who has sources saying the Jaguars may be targeting Texas A&M offensive tackle Jake Matthews.

"The Jacksonville Jaguars had offensive tackle Jake Matthews in for a visit last Thursday and could be targeting the former Texas A&M standout with the No. 3 overall pick in next month’s draft, a league source told ESPN.com."

I stand with most Jaguar fans in saying that drafting a tackle at number 3 overall would be disheartening.

Not to take anything away from Jake Matthews, but drafting 2 offensive tackles in the top 3 of two consecutive drafts is borderline irresponsible with a roster that could use upgrades at a multitude of positions. Quarterback, pass rusher, and wide receiver are all positions of need with apparent solutions available at number 3. Austin Pasztor was competent last year and at times showed some promise of developing into a serviceable right tackle long-term. Joeckel clearly was drafted to man the left tackle spot for years to come, so drafting a right tackle so early shouldn’t even be an option.

-Daniel Lago

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