Tuesday, May 17, 2011

NFL Draft Team Grades-Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars were an inexplicable miss for the 2010 playoffs, and pressure is ever mounting to turn the corner under Jack Del Rio and the gang. With an upgrade needed at QB, among other spots, the Jags were one of those teams that absolutely needed to score early. Let's take a look...

Round 1, Pick 10 (From Redskins)
Blaine Gabbert, QB

In a stronger class, Gabbert never would have been selected this early in the draft. He benefited by being part of one of the worst overall QB classes in a long time, and the Jags bit on him. Some scouts blame a poor surrounding cast at Missouri on his clear regression in 2010, but I don't always buy that sort of thing, as it is up to a great QB to make everyone around him better, not the other way around, as a QB needs to step up and lead. The Jags needed immediate help, not a developmental project that could maybe start somewhere down the line, and unfortunately, that's what they get in Gabbert. If Gabbert is starting this season, Del Rio may as well clean out his office now.
Grade: D

Round 3, Pick 12 (From 49ers)
Will Rackley, OG

Rackley was considered as the top lineman to come out of FCS football in 2010. He has the ability to start immediately at left guard for the Jags, and don't be shocked if that is the case. He blew up the boards at the East West Shrine Game, and many scouts fell in love with him there, and many folks felt that he was the best lineman there. Expect big things.
Grade: A

Round 4, Pick 17
Cecil Shorts, WR
Mount Union

Shorts comes out of one of the most dominant schools in the history of D3 football. That being said, it's always a real risk to take a player from that level this early in the draft. He did break all of Pierre Garcon's records on the D3 level, but this is a high risk pick. Scouts have said that he has the ethic and ability to make it here, so the Jags may be getting a break here. Big if.
Grade: C

Round 4, Pick 24 (From New Orleans)
Chris Prosinski, FS

He's a work in progress. There is some promise in that he clocked a 4.40 40 time during his pro day workout, but workouts don't always translate to game speed. He is not coming out of a winning program either, so you may have an issue with trying to teach him how to win, which is difficult when losing becomes an ingrained culture. Only 2 picks, and 5 pass breakups last season. He did force 2 fumbles. The good news is that he can support against the run or pass, and he led the Cowboys in tackles last seaosn with 108. Has 248 tackles over the last two seasons for Wyoming.
Grade: C

Round 5, Pick 16
Rod Isaac, CB
Middle Tennessee State

Isaac is yet another long term project being drafted onto a team that needs immediate help. The rationale does not sit well with me here. He is fast, and is fiery, and is a strong tackler, but his coverage ability is not at the level yet, and he has so very much to learn. He did pick off 3 passes, but was nothing special on coverage overall for MTSU. For a 5th round pick, I'd consider him a major reach that could have been grabbed as a priority free agent after the draft.
Grade: D

Player That Could Surprise

Player That Could Flop

Sure To Be a Star

Sure To Be a Flop

Rackley saved the draft from failure. The Jags needed immediate help to push them over the top and into the playoffs, and instead they go after projects all over the map. It just doesn't make any sense not to grab more value and immediate help when you are so close to getting there. This draft could actually set the Jags back a bit.

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