It seems like now is a good time to continue the tradition and see who would make perfect sense for Jacksonville in the upcoming draft.
Before I go into the 2010 draft, here is a look back at who I selected in last year's draft and how it panned out.
1) OT Eugene Monroe
Surprisingly enough, I got this one correct. I knew it was going to be an offensive tackle but thought Monroe made the most sense out of him, Jason Smith, and Andre Smith.
2) WR Hakeem Nicks
Took a chance and prayed that Nicks would last into the second round. I was wrong. Giants snagged him in the late first round.
3) RB Javon Ringer
Pretty bad choice for the third round. He ended up lasting into the fifth round, where the Titans selected him. Good thing the Jaguars knew about Rashad Jennings in the seventh round.
4) S William Moore
Ended up soaring up the draft boards by the time the NFL draft came around and was selected in the second round by the Atlanta Falcons.
5) QB Pat White
Another guy who ended up going much earlier than most expected. The Dolphins selected White in the second round.
6) OT Lydon Murtha
Developmental tackle who ended up being drafted by the Lions in the seventh round. Yet to see playing time but still needs plenty of time to develop.
At the time I made this mock draft, the Jaguars did not possess a seventh round pick.
Here is the "perfect" draft for the 2010 NFL draft.
1 (10): TRADE—Jaguars trade first rounder (10th overall) and fifth rounder (12th pick) to Arizona for their first rounder (26th overall), second rounder (26th pick), and sixth rounder (26th pick).
This trade would work out if QB Jimmy Clausen were available because Arizona is heading into the season with only Matt Leinart and would love to add a guy like Clausen to be the franchise quarterback.
1 (26): S Earl Thomas, Texas
Jaguars trade down and are able to upgrade their secondary. Thomas' stock falls because of Taylor Mays' rise up the draft board due to the Combine.
2 (26): QB Colt McCoy, Texas
Texas is this year's UCLA (Marcedes Lewis and Maurice Jones-Drew). Tim Tebow's name gets him drafted ahead of Colt McCoy, and the Jaguars reap the benefits by finding a very good QB, possibly even their quarterback of the future. Two years behind David Garrard and McCoy is ready to take over.
3 (10): DE Alex Carrington, Arkansas State
The Jaguars fall in love with another small-school prospect with big upside. At 6'5", 285 lbs., Carrington can jump right in and contribute in a rotation consisting of Derrick Harvey, Aaron Kampman, and Quentin Groves.
4 (10): C Matt Tennant, Boston College
May be slightly unrealistic to think he will last into the fourth round, but in a very weak center class, it is a possibility. Tennant can come in to help out the aging Brad Meester. I wouldn't be surprised if he stole the starting job by the end of the season.
6 (11): OLB Rennie Curran, Georgia
Very talented outside linebacker who is going to make somebody very happy. If he falls this far I would be surprised, but then again, this is wishful thinking. Curran would add great depth behind the starters and could eventually see himself starting opposite Daryl Smith.
6 (26): G Chris DeGeare, Wake Forest
DeGeare is starting to make his way up some draft boards and would be a great pick in the late portion of the sixth round. He would add nice depth and could eventually be a solid backup or possibly a starter in a few years.
This concludes the "perfect" draft for Jacksonville. As a realist, I do believe that the odds the Jaguars can find a trading partner and get a late first round pick and second round pick are very slim, but this would be great if it worked out.
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