2012 NFL Draft: Why the Jacksonville Jaguars Need to Acquire Alshon Jeffery

Soven BerySenior Analyst IJanuary 10, 2012

ATHENS, GA - SEPTEMBER 10:  Alshon Jeffery #1 of the South Carolina Gamecocks pulls in this reception against Jeremy Sulek #38 of the Georgia Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium on September 10, 2011 in Athens, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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The Jacksonville Jaguars have a young quarterback, a stud running back and an improving defense.

Yet the team went 5-11 in the 2011-12 season and ranked last in the league when it came to passing the ball. That underwhelming performance landed Jacksonville with the seventh pick in the upcoming NFL draft.

Maurice Jones-Drew has been the only bright spot in this anemic offense. MJD captured the league's rushing title even with defenses focusing on him because everyone knows that Jacksonville is not going to pass.

The Jaguars have turned into a one-trick pony. Now the question becomes, how does this team add a playmaker that will allow them to air it out?

The answer comes in the form of one Alshon Jeffery.

By the time Jacksonville is on the clock, Justin Blackmon will have already been taken, but in no way is Jeffery second-rate.

The junior reeled in 49 balls for 762 yards as well as reaching the end zone eight times. In 2010, he exploded for 1,517 yards on 88 receptions and nine touchdowns. Jeffery is 6’4”, 229 pounds and can be a real downfield threat for the Jags.

The former Gamecock is an incredible talent and has an amazing work ethic to match. Adding Jeffery would make this offense three-dimensional. If this is a team that wants to win, then Jones-Drew cannot continue to carry the team on his legs.


Blaine Gabbert is a young quarterback and has an upside to improve. Having Marcedes Lewis as his hot read is just not cutting it. Lewis mustered only 460 yards this season. That led the team.

Jacksonville has a solid defense headlined by Paul Posluszny and Daryl Smith. If the offense were to improve, then the Jaguars could look to be contenders come next season.

Adding a bona fide playmaker like Jeffery has to be the first priority for this front office.