FanIQ Interactive Mock NFL Draft: Jacksonville Jaguars

With The Eighth Pick In the FanIQ Mock Draft, The Jacksonville Jaguars Select...

4/15/09 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5222 respect

With the NFL Draft coming on April 25, we're putting together a Mock Draft for the first round of the draft, featuring a combination of FanIQ Featured Writers, as well as some great NFL team bloggers from around the internet. Today, we'll feature picks from the Oakland Raiders, the Jacksonville Jaguars, and the Green Bay Packers. Every day until Friday, April 24, we will post more picks, with recaps of why each player was chosen, with some other analysis.

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
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4/16/09   |   MarkTheShark   |   590 respect

Weird, and oh ...crazy (I finally jumped off Andre Brown's bandwagon)..../////This, sorry Jonathan, makes NO SENSE...the Jags JUST TRADED UP to pick Harvey last year. The Jags have the biggest no-brainer in the draft: BEST Offensive Lineman LEFT!

4/15/09   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

wrote:
I think a WR would be more appropriate here, especially if everyone passes up on Crabtree. There are a couple of formidable WR's out there and the one you mentioned also is a return guy. They could go either way but I think Brown is more of a mid first rounder.

Not a bad idea.

4/15/09   |   bah95

 Everette Brown is a good pick he is fast and has good awareness of the game

4/15/09   |   JKB37   |   2409 respect

100%InjuryRate wrote:
Jerry Porter should get a pass since he played for the Raiders. Everyone winds up with character issues from having played with the Raiders.

He got lots of passes..  He made no plays...  Pass denied.. 

4/15/09   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

JKB37 wrote:
Great pick..  He was a great college player and is considered a "high character" guy.  Something the Jags are in need of considering the locker room featuring Jerry Porter and Matt Jones..

Jerry Porter should get a pass since he played for the Raiders. Everyone winds up with character issues from having played with the Raiders.

4/15/09   |   JKB37   |   2409 respect

Great pick..  He was a great college player and is considered a "high character" guy.  Something the Jags are in need of considering the locker room featuring Jerry Porter and Matt Jones..