With The Eighth Pick In the FanIQ Mock Draft, The Jacksonville Jaguars Select...
Up next is Jonathon Loesche, from Big Cat Country, with the #8 pick for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Here are the picks so far:
1. Detroit Lions - Aaron Curry, LB, Wake Forest
2. St Louis Rams - Eugene Monroe, OT, Virginia
3. Kansas City Chiefs - Jason Smith, OT, Baylor
4. Seattle Seahawks - Matthew Stafford, QB, Georgia
5. Cleveland Browns - Micahel Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech
6. Cincinnati Bengals - Michael Oher, OT, Mississippi
7. Oakland Raiders - BJ Raji, DT, Boston College
The 2008 Jaguars were a shell of their former selves. Injuries on the offensive line derailed their vaunted running attack and, in my opinion, caused David Garrard to regress in 2008. While the ESPN talking heads place blame on the Jaguars trading Marcus Stroud at the root of their defensive line woes, anyone familiar with the team knew his Pro Bowl days were over.
The Jerry Porter and Matt Jones experiments can be officially marked as failures and now Gene Smith runs the show in the River City. What does that mean for the Jaguars heading into the 2008 draft?
If the scenario that has occured here happens on draft day, I expect the front office to be on the phone with the Jets, Vikings, and whoever else is interested in trading for Mark Sanchez. While SI and ESPN keep saying the Jags will take Sanchez if available, anyone who actually pays attention to the team thinks the Jags courting of Sanchez has been a bluff to get as much trade value as possible.
I believe, in this order, Offensive Line, Defensive Line, Wide Receiver, a second cornerback opposite Rashean Mathis, and a running back to compliment Jones-Drew are the Jaguars needs heading into the draft. The first four should receive a response of "Duh" and I'm still weary of MJD's ability to be a full time back.
Since trading back isn't an option, the players at the top of my board are Everette Brown, Andre Smith, and Jeremy Maclin.
Jeremy Maclin has speed to burn and would instantly upgrade the return game. However, he isn't a true #1 WR and not worth the #8 pick. Andre Smith was a contender to be #1 overall before his disasterous offseason. Call me crazy, but I still think the guy has the goods.
When everything is said and done, I just like Everette Brown too much to pass on him. Maybe he is a 3-4 linebacker. I know this much, I've watched a lot of Seminoles football. The only defensive player I think played to the same level as Brown was this guy named Peter Boulware. The new arms race in the NFL is between protecting the quarterback and sacking the quarterback. The Jaguars will now have three young and talented DEs, Brown, Derrick Harvey, and Quentin Groves, to go after the QB rich AFC.
Jonathan Loesche, Columnist, BigCatCountry.com