2011 NFL Mock Draft: 7 Round Predictions for the Jacksonville Jaguars

Brett Appley@@BrettAppleyCorrespondent IApril 28, 2011

2011 NFL Mock Draft: 7 Round Predictions for the Jacksonville Jaguars

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    JACKSONVILLE, FL - DECEMBER 26: Quarterback David Garrard #9 of the Jacksonville Jaguars runs for a touchdaown during the game against the Washington Redskins at EverBank Field on December 26, 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty
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    The 2011 NFL Draft is only hours away now, and the Jacksonville Jaguars have one of the most interesting picks in the first round.

    With many positions to improve, and only seven picks to do so, which needs will the Jags address first?

    Jacksonville fans everywhere are hoping this is the year they climb back on top of the AFC South, and grab the division by the horns. If they have any hope of achieving that goal, all seven picks will need to be executed to perfection.

    Here's the most likely outcome for the Jaguars in the draft this year.

Round 1: Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue

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    With the large amount of defensive ends in this year's draft, it is highly likely that the Jaguars choose one with their first pick.

    Ryan Kerrigan is an excellent choice here, because he fits the mold that Jacksonville desires, and can contribute right away.

    Kerrigan is one of the top DEs in the draft, so the Jags probably won't pass up on him if they get the chance.

Round 2: Torrey Smith, WR, Maryland

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    While Mike Thomas has stepped up for the Jaguars, it would be smart to find another wide receiver.

    Torrey Smith is one of the better receivers in the draft, and while Jacksonville has other needs to address, Smith might just be the best option here.

    He has the size and strength to be excellent in the NFL, but there may be concern over a nagging ankle injury from last season. His potential is high if he can push past that.

Round 3: Edmond Gates, WR, Abilene Christian

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    Mostly because Torrey Smith isn't a guarantee, it's likely that the Jaguars will look for another receiver to put in the mix.

    Edmond Gates is known for his big-play ability and knows how to separate from the defender. Like Smith, Gates has the size and strength to be good in the NFL, even though he may not be ready to contribute immediately.

Round 4: Colin McCarthy, ILB, Miami

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    Colin McCarthy is an all-around athlete and an excellent linebacker.

    He could help the Jaguars tremendously in the long run, and is very disciplined. Although he's not considered "elite," McCarthy is deserving of a fourth-round pick.

    Jacksonville might consider taking a safety here instead, but it's more likely they go with a player like McCarthy.

Round 4 (From New Orleans): Tyrod Taylor, QB, Virginia Tech

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    Jacksonville is set at the starting quarterback position with David Garrard looking as good as he ever has.

    It would be smart to solidify a backup though, because Garrard is injury prone, and could easily miss a game or two in 2011.

    Tyrod Taylor is the same type of quarterback as Garrard, so it's not surprising that Jacksonville might look to take him with their second pick in Round 4.

Round 5: Chris Culliver, CB, South Carolina

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    Chris Culliver has a lot of potential but isn't regarded as one of the better corners in the draft.

    He does have good cover skills, and is an excellent kick returner with blistering speed, so he should hear his name called eventually.

    Culliver probably needs some developmental time in the NFL before he would be ready to contribute for the Jaguars, but taking a risk in Round 5 isn't that big of a deal.

Round 6: David Sims, S, Iowa State

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    If Jacksonville hasn't addressed the safety position after Round 5, they will surely do so with their final scheduled pick in Round 6.

    David Sims is a pure leader on defense, which is probably his best attribute. He has struggled with injuries in the past, so taking him at all may be a bit of a risk.

    Still, with a minimal amount of safeties left in the draft, Sims could very well find himself going to the Jags.