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2012 Record: 2-14
Passing Offense: 213.7 YPG (21st)
Rushing Offense: 85.6 YPG (30th)
Passing Defense: 239.5 YPG (22nd)
Rushing Defense: 141.0 YPG (30th)
The Pick: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida
Quarterback A started 10 games as a sophomore, completed 191-of-357 (53.5 percent) of his passes and amassed 2,164 passing yards, six touchdowns and six interceptions. Quarterback B also started 10 games in his sophomore season, completed 162-of-278 balls (58.3 percent) and totaled 1,662 yards, nine TDs and six picks.
Quarterback B got hurt in his 10th game after just two passes—both completions—for 24 yards. He, of course, is Jacksonville Jaguars signal-caller Blaine Gabbert.
The No. 1 overall pick in 2010, St. Louis Rams QB Sam Bradford.
Geno Smith is a popular selection for the Jacksonville Jaguars in a number of mock drafts, but Gabbert deserves another year to prove whether he’s a top-32 signal-caller. The new Jags front-office regime isn’t necessarily tied to him, but they probably aren’t enamored with any of this year’s crop of passers at No. 2.
General manager Dave Caldwell told Ryan O’Hallaran of the Florida Times-Union that they’re ready to make a selection at the second spot, saying, “It’s down to two people.”
Two people’s all you really need if you’re picking second. The worst-case scenario is that both guys are still on the board and you actually have to make a decision, rather than simply being able to walk the remaining of the two names up to the podium.
He also mentioned regarding QBs that “I actually believe the group is better than it has been in years past, top to bottom,” which, if true, opens the door for a later-round selection to place a signal-caller in a Jaguars uniform.
As for the first-rounder, Florida defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd sticks out as a potential difference maker on Gus Bradley’s D-line. The Jaguars were horrendous at stopping the run last season, so they’ll relish the opportunity to add a quality lineman to help corral rushers at or behind the line of scrimmage.
This isn’t too high for a defensive tackle to be selected. Ndamukong Suh went No. 2 to the Detroit Lions in 2010, and those guys aren’t complaining. The Seattle Seahawks drafted pass-rushing specialist Bruce Irvin last year, but they could already stop the run.