Dion Jordan, Eric Fisher or Luke Joeckel for the Jacksonville Jaguars?

David Nelson@JvilleJaguarsCorrespondent IIIApril 22, 2013

DE Dion Jordan may become a Jacksonville Jaguar this Thursday.
DE Dion Jordan may become a Jacksonville Jaguar this Thursday.Harry How/Getty Images

Only a few short days away, the 2013 NFL Draft is sure to be one of the most unpredictable drafts of the past few years.

With no sure all-stars in the first round, the Jacksonville Jaguars find themselves with the No. 2 overall selection in this year's draft and no RGIII or Andrew Luck to build upon.

The decision is seemingly coming down to two players, one on offense and one on defense.

The candidate on the defensive side is no surprise.  Dion Jordan of Oregon is a highly athletic, matchup nightmare for defenses and could quickly help the Jaguars' horrid pass-rush.

After accumulating a league-low 20 sacks last season, the Jaguars are looking to change up both scheme and personnel for the coming season.

After adding Roy Miller and Sen'Derrick Marks to the defensive line, the Jaguars are looking to bolster their ends.

Jordan, Jason Babin and Andre Branch would create a rotation that has as much potential as some of the top pass rush combinations in the AFC.  "Potential" is the key word, as they have a long way to go.

Most fans seem to like the pick, but many question the validity in selecting a Leo at such a high pick when there may be more pressing needs at corner and quarterback.

The one thing that Jags fans will need to remember is that Jordan doesn't just add a skilled edge rusher—he creates many mismatches that can allow more opportunities for other players on the defense. 



If Jordan doesn't get the sack he may allow the one-on-one matchup that Jeremy Mincey can win to get to the quarterback. 

The flexibility that a player like Jordan can give defensive-minded Gus Bradley is something that will make the Jags' head coach salivate.  Jordan's intangibles are off-the-charts, as seen during his appearance on ESPN's Sports Science.

At 6'6" and 248 lbs, Jordan currently possesses only 3% body fat.  Adding another 5-10 lbs of lean muscle will do nothing but make him stronger and tougher to block.

If fans of Seattle were happy with the results that Bruce Irvin produced a year ago after he was surprisingly selected at No. 15, the Jaguars' fans will grow to appreciate an even better prospect with the No. 2 overall pick.

The other candidate that this team is rumored to be interested in is either Eric Fisher from Central Michigan or Luke Joeckel from Texas A&M.

Both played left tackle during their final year of college but would need to transition to right tackle if drafted by the Jaguars.

A large void in the offensive line for many years, the Jaguars need to replace Cameron Bradfield as the starter and may choose one of these two players in order to do so.

With only one year left on his contract, Eugene Monroe is expected to see the franchise tag next season if he continues his solid play.  David Caldwell is yet to begin any kind of contract negotiation, which is not expected to start until after the season.



Solidifying the tackles would be a big step to giving their quarterback some time to make better decisions than what has been seen the past two years, whether that is Blaine Gabbert, Chad Henne or a rookie.

Eric Fisher looks to be an interesting prospect, based on his dominance in the Mid-American Conference and how well he performed at the Senior Bowl.

Fisher and Joeckel are in the running for the No. 1 overall selection by the Kansas City Chiefs and there is still no clear cut opinion on who will be taken.

Joeckel's only true edge over Fisher is the level of competition he faced while at Texas A&M.  Joeckel consistently dominated while playing the toughest competition in college football.

Very similar in size, Fisher is slightly more athletic and may be able to adapt a bit quicker to the speed at the next level. 

The chance to add either of these players to the Jaguars' offensive line would give the Jags a huge improvement from a year ago.  The obvious question is whether or not the Jags really would take either over a potential pro-bowler on defense.

The consensus is that one of these three players will walk across the stage as a Jacksonville Jaguar on Thursday night.  The assumption is that Dion Jordan will be that player, but David Caldwell is yet to say anything official.

UPDATE: Per Daniel Jeremiah of NFL Network, the Jaguars may be leaning towards selecting whichever offensive lineman, Luke Joeckel or Eric Fisher, is not taken by the Kansas City Chiefs.  

After today's interviews with Gus Bradley and David Caldwell, a few more important statements have led to these assumptions:

1) Jaguars will most likely not draft either Ziggy Ansah or Star Lotulelei.  When asked if he would select someone he is yet to meet with, Caldwell replied with a firm "no."  Neither Ansah nor Lotulelei worked out for the Jaguars, but Lotulelei did have Jaguars personnel attend pro day.

2) Gus Bradley firmly admitted that the team values pass rushers over corners by saying "a solid pass rush makes corners better."  This potentially eliminates Dee Milliner from conversation at No. 2.