2010 NFL Draft: What the Jacksonville Jaguars Need in the First Round
Major Offseason Additions
The Jaguars signed Defensive End/Outside Linebacker hybrid Aaron Kampman to a four-year deal. They were one of the worst teams in the league last year pressuring the quarterback.
John Henderson led the team with three sacks, and he is a defensive tackle. Kampman should help the rush a lot, and hopefully he will transition back to a true 4-3 end.
Kassim Osgood was also signed by the Jags. Osgood has made numerous pro-bowls because of his standout play on special teams as a tackler. Osgood should step up into a leadership role immediately and continue his strong play at special teams.
Major Offseason Losses
Defensive ends Reggie Hayward and Greg Peterson have both declared for free agency. Based on their injury-plagued season last year, it does not look like they will be getting many offers from many teams.
Veterans Torry Holt, Rob Meier, and Tra Thomas were all cut from the Jaguars. Despite not putting up the greatest numbers that he has been used to, Torry Holt was still a very productive receiver for the Jaguars in 2009. It was surprising to see him go.
Rob Meier had been with the Jaguars his entire career, and he may be looking to retire soon. The 33-year-old has a lot of miles under his belt, and he does not look to be a big candidate in the offseason.
Tra Thomas, the former pro-bowler, came to Jacksonville to try to boost their offensive line. Unfortunately age and injuries stood in the way. Thomas is another player who should consider retiring soon.
Needs Addressing in the Draft
The Jaguars registered a league-low 14 sacks in 2009. This was caused by the injury of veteran Reggie Hayward and the poor play from second year players, Derrick Harvey and Quentin Groves. The Jaguars are still very weak and shallow here. Even with the re-signing of Aaron Kampman, do not be surprised to see a DE off the board first.
Again, the Jaguars were one of the worst teams in the league in pressuring the quarterback. They were also 19th in the league in stopping the run. After John Henderson, the interior linemen become depleted. Look for the Jaguars to try to add some depth at this position in later rounds.
David Garrard is rumored to be on the outs of the front office, and the Jaguars have been a team rumored interested in Tim Tebow. If this is the case, look for the Jaguars to trade down and grab a second round pick, and then take the Florida Gator.
Five First Round Possibilities
Dez Bryant: WR, Oklahoma State
Do not be surprised to see the Jaguars go receiver if Bryant is available at No. 10. Sims-Walker and himself would make for a great tandem, possibly similar to Smith/McCardell.
Derrick Morgan: DE/OLB, Georgia Tech
This is the man I see best suited for the Jaguars. He has proven himself to be a great player at all levels of football, and he is good person, who will work very hard to become great.
Jason Pierre-Paul: DE/OLB, South Florida
Another possibility at defensive end, Pierre-Paul has a ton of upside and could be a star in the making. He would be able to rotate in as a reserve in year one to learn the NFL game better.
Tim Tebow: QB, Florida
The Jaguars will most likely not pick Tebow with pick No. 10, but it would not be out of the question for them to trade down in round one and pick up a second round pick in the process.
Earl Thomas: S, Texas
Thomas has been falling on many draft boards because of the rising stock of Taylor Mays. This could be another chance for the Jaguars to trade down. They could nab Thomas while getting a needed second round pick.
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