The NFL Draft has evolved through the years from a mildly covered event, whose sole purpose was to restock and build a franchise for the future, into a highly publicized, prime-time event with much fan frenzy. Every decision an owner, general manager, scouts and coaches make, are put under a microscope and analyzed like never before.
The Jacksonville Jaguars, and Gene Smith in particular, have come under fire from draft pundits questioning their draft strategy. Smith has had a knack for taking fliers on players from schools outside of the FBS, leading to his fan-given nickname of "Small-School Gene."
With new owner, Shad Khan, stepping in, many thought Gene Smith would not be back with the team, but to the dismay of most Jags fans, he was retained. So to say that entering this draft, he was on the hot seat may be a bit of an understatement. And Smith and the Jaguars responded with, what may be, their best draft in Gene's tenure as general manager, adding players who can make immediate impacts in their rookie season.