The Jaguars in my mind an from what I have read needed playmakers on defense and offense. The defensive problems in my mind had a lot to do with the 3-4 defense - and switching to the 4-3 could solve a lot of those problems. However I can see the idea of picking a great defensive playmaker with the # 10 spot.
However the biggest mistake by the Jaguars was not to trade down from #10. I cannot believe how they handled that.
Another big thing I think they missed in the draft was looking for Florida talent. They need to fill seats, but of course not at the expense of quality. But I think they without a problem could have found quality Florida players.
Next I will go through the draft as if I had to make the picks for the Jaguars.
I realize that a trade would have been difficult - but if you look at the trade value chart thees were players that the Jaguars could have had for the #10 pick (1300 pts) - and this would even address more needs.
- #25 (720 pts): Tim Tebow, QB
- #54 (360 pts): Carlos Dunlap, DE
- #95 (68 pts): Jimmy Graham, TE
- #124 (48 pts): Eric Norwood, LB
- #159 (27pts): Riley Cooper, WR
- #177 (20 pts): Carlton Mitchell WR
Except from Norwood (South Carolina) all Florida players and they all have great potential. Maybe the deal just wasn't there, but this group would any day have had greater impact on the field and on the ticketsales than Tyson Alualu.
With this trade and Kampmann at DE and Morrison at LB the Jaguars could have added these picks as well:
- #74: Kevin Thomas CB
- #143: Mitch Petrus OG
- #153: George Selvie DE
- #180: Jonathan Dwyer RB
- #203: Selvish Capers, RT