2011 NFL Mock Draft: Jacksonville Jaguars Take Best Available in Ryan Kerrigan
Jacksonville Jaguars Take Best Available in Ryan Kerrigan in 2011 NFL Draft
The Jacksonville Jaguars have a lot of needs on both sides of the ball, but they have to take the best player available or trade back.
Head coach Jack Del Rio would love to steal a solid defensive end at the No. 16 spot and a player of Kerrigan’s pedigree would be an amazing pick.
Todd McShay: Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue
The Jaguars have bigger needs but defensive end offers the most value here. I would be tempted to take a shot on Bowers or the upside offered by Missouri's Aldon Smith here, but Jags GM Gene Smith has proved he will take the player with the higher floor rather than the higher ceiling. Kerrigan has some limitations but Jacksonville knows exactly what it would be getting, which is a player with the overall skill set to immediately push for a starting job opposite Jaguars DE Aaron Kampman.
With Kampman on one side and Ryan Kerrigan on the other, the Jags defensive line looks pretty menacing.
Pat Kirwan: Aldon Smith, DE, Missouri
Full of talent and potential, some believe he needs lower-body development. This week, I asked him about that and he told me he full squats 700 pounds. By draft time, Smith might not even be available at this spot.
Smith is another solid defensive end prospect that would fit right into the Jaguars scheme.
What I think: Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue
If Purdue’s Ryan Kerrigan falls to the Jaguars, you better believe they will take him at No. 16.
Kerrigan can add a touch of run stopping with his pass rushing abilities and would be a great compliment to defensive end Aaron Kampman.
With Kerrigan making trouble for the oppositions offensive line, Kampman could have more room to roam an also be more effective.
For more on the 2011 NFL Draft, check out Bleacher Report's Draft Hub.
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