2013 NFL Draft primer: Jacksonville Jaguars
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The future stars of the NFL are almost here. The first round of the 2013 Draft kicks off on April 25, and every team will look to build for both present and future. This is the second in a two-a-day, 30-part series that looks at each team and which potential first-round picks would be a good fit.
PICK NO. 2: JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS
2012 record: 2-14
Key offseason acquisitions:
Brad Meester, center
Justin Forsett, running back
Key offseason departures:
Aaron Ross, cornerback
Dawan Landry, safety
Laurent Robinson, wide receiver
Guy Whimper, tackle
Biggest holes in roster: Everywhere except running back
Look on the bright side, Jaguars fans: anyone your team picks here will be able to step in and contribute immediately.
With the glaring lack of talent across the roster, it stands to reason that the Jaguars can ill afford to whiff with this pick. Assuming the Kansas City Chiefs take offensive lineman Luke Joeckel first overall, Jacksonville would have its pick of a few good defensive prospects. (If by some chance the Chiefs pass on Joeckel, Jags GM David Caldwell should find John Dorsey in Kansas City's war room and shake his hand.)
New head coach Gus Bradley, who was the Seattle Seahawks' defensive coordinator last season, uses a hybrid defense that mixes between both the 4-3 and 3-4. In this scheme, speedy edge rushers are key (as Bruce Irvin showed last year).
To that end, Oregon defensive end/linebacker Dion Jordan would be a good fit at No. 2. Jordan is a very similar prospect to Irvin, who thrived in Bradley's scheme last year. Jordan ran a 4.60 40-yard dash at the Combine, which is the kind of speed that Bradley would want on his defense. If he can prove that his shoulder is healthy, Jordan would likely be a good option here.
Another intriguing defensive line prospect is defensive end Bjoern Werner. A German exchange student who played at Florida State, Werner has the strength to bull rush blockers and the athleticism to get around them. Werner is a little slower than Jordan, but he did have 18 passes defensed in college.
The Jaguars also reportedly brought in Florida defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd for a workout. At 6-3 and 297 pounds, Floyd is a pass-rushing tackle who also slid out to end on occasion in Will Muschamp's 3-4 defense.
If the Jaguars are set on drafting an offensive tackle and Joeckel is off the board, Eric Fisher would be a good option. The 6-7, 306-pounder is a good blind-side pass protector and could be a franchise left tackle in the same vein as Jake Long or fellow Central Michigan alum Joe Staley.
The Jaguars could go for West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith here, provided that they're ready to cut their losses with third-year QB Blaine Gabbert. Drafting Smith would represent a complete overhaul in the Jaguars' offensive scheme, as they'd probably need to change to a spread-option offense to accommodate Smith.