OLB Sean Weatherspoon, Missouri
Most draftniks have Weatherspoon going somewhere in the late 20’s, but I think the Jags do well to take him 10th overall, and here’s why. The most pressing needs the Jags have are at both linebacker positions.
They’ve also got needs at QB, both S spots, CB, and WR. With Bradford and Clausen (both QB’s), Berry (the top safety prospect), Haden (the top CB prospect), and Bryant (the top WR prospect) all off my board right now, there are only really a few players the Jaguars could potentially grab here.
They could either reach and grab a player to fill a need (Weatherspoon perhaps), or draft the best guy on their board.
They could also fold to pressure from their fan base and draft Tebow. A few targets they might eye would be Earl Watson, and maybe a guy like Sergio Kindle, who could help to dramatically change their pass rush.
Many experts have the Jags taking a DE here, but I think those are experts who forget the Jags signed Aaron Kampman in the off-season, and drafted Derrick Harvey eighth overall just two seasons ago. ;
That’s two DE’s that should be starting by my count, and with only two DE positions on your team, and the idea of maximizing value if they aren’t able to trade down the Jags should really think about drafting an OLB or a S like Watson.
In fact Watson might be a very good possibility at this spot. I think the important thing is, they go defense here, if they keep the pick (which I’d bet my left arm they’re actively selling).
The reason I’ve got Weatherspoon here is my line of thinking is, you take a guy projected in the late 20’s 10th overall, you can reach a more reasonable contract number than a WR who thinks they should have gone first (Bryant), or a QB with seemingly unlimited potential in the top 10 (like Clausen).
With financial concerns as well as on the field concerns, the Jaguars need to balance both and make a smart decision.