For a team known for its tough defense, hard-nosed coach, and focused attention to upgrading defense two of the past three drafts; the Jacksonville Jaguars have been a disappointing team as of late.
As we forecast a best-case/worst-case scenario for the upcoming 2010 NFL draft we note a few things probably standing out to General Manager Gene Smith.
David Garrard will never be a world-beater. His very pedestrian-like stat line from 2009 reveals his mediocrity—15 touchdowns against 10 picks.
What’s alarming was his 14 fumbles, eight of which he lost, which was good for most in the league along with Eli Manning.
Maurice Jones-Drew is one of the top five running backs in the game. Besides one of the elder statesman at his position, Torry Holt, the Jags had a promising playmaker in Mike Sims-Walker. They might consider a tall receiver to give them a redzone threat.
Mike Thomas (University of Arizona) needs a year or two to develop into the trustworthy slot receiver his speed projects him to be.
The swagger has been missing but with a young group of players hopefully on the verge of breakout seasons the Jags can quickly turn this unit back into a strength.
They could use a dependable "attack 4-3", outside linebacker and an interior tackle to help the investments they’ve recently made in the early rounds (2008) at defensive end.
I like Daryl Smith a lot. When he’s not injured the Jags would be hard-pressed to find a more dependable tackler on their roster.
Derek Cox—four Interceptions—performed quite admirably for a 2009 third-round pick.
Rashaen Mathis has definitely regressed but he might be able to eke out another year as a starter, or at least a nice depth player.
The Jaguars pick will pick 10th or 11th overall in the first depending on a coinflip with Chicago during the combine. New England owns their second-round pick. Each alternating round will have Jacksonville and Chicago switching spots based on the coinflip's outcome.