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Jags 2013 Pick Analysis
Check back after every Jaguars pick made during the 2014 NFL Draft for senior writer John Oehser's insight & analysis.

Storm Johnson Pick Analysis - Posted 6:45 pm EST on 5/10/14

The Jaguars spent Day 3 adding depth.

They finished the 2014 NFL Draft by adding the depth in the offensive backfield with the selection of University of Central Florida running back Storm Johnson.

Johnson (6-feet-0, 209 pounds), who began his career at the University of Miami before transferring to Central Florida, gives the Jaguars a quick running back with good size to compete in backfield that also includes Jordan Todman and 2013 fifth-round selection Denard Robinson.

The Jaguars signed former Minnesota Vikings running back Toby Gerhart an unrestricted free agent in March, and he is expected to be the starting running back. Maurice Jones-Drew, a Pro Bowl selection in 2011-2013, signed with the Oakland Raiders as an unrestricted free agent in March.

He rushed for 1,139 yards and 14 touchdowns on 213 carries last season.

Johnson played with quarterback Blake Bortles, the No. 3 overall selection by the Jaguars in Thursday’s first round, at Central Florida. That’s something that Jaguars General Manager David Caldwell said should help Johnson’s transition to the NFL. Caldwell said Johnson is similar to Gerhart in that he is comfortable running inside, with Todman being more of an outside runner.

While Jaguars Head Coach Gus Bradley said Johnson needs to improve in pass protection, he could play a role as a rookie as a third-down back.


Luke Bowanko Pick Analysis - Posted 5:41 pm EST on 5/10/14

This one was about competition.

And depending on how that competition plays out, it could be about replacing one of the most tenured players in Jaguars history.

The Jaguars on Saturday afternoon selected University of Virginia center Luke Bowanko with the 29th selection of the sixth round of the 2014 NFL Draft – the 205th selection overall – selecting a player who could compete for the center position.

Bowanko was one of the players who visited EverBank Field for a predraft visit, though he was not invited to the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

Third-year veteran Mike Brewster, an undrafted free agent following the 2012 season, is expected to compete for the starting center position, as will second-year veteran Patrick Lewis and veteran Jacques McClendon.

Jaguars center Brad Meester, a 14-year veteran, retired after last season.


Chris Smith Pick Analysis - Posted 3:54 pm EST on 5/10/14

JACKSONVILLE – A trend that began early Saturday continued late.

The Jaguars continued their Day 3 defensive focus during the 2014 NFL Draft, selecting defensive end Chris Smith from the University of Arkansas in the fifth round the No. 159 selection overall.

Smith (6-feet-1, 266 pounds) has a chance to play the Jaguars’ pass-rushing Leo position, a hybrid linebacker/defensive end position.

Smith moved inside at times in pass-rushing situations at Arkansas and at the Senior Bowl in January, and could potentially do the same at times in Jacksonville.

Smith was the fourth consecutive player from the Senior Bowl drafted by the Jaguars, whose staff coached the game in Mobile, Ala., in January. Smith said he enjoyed working with Jaguars Head Coach Gus Bradley, and said he was one of the players who instigated dumping “Gatorade” on Bradley as a post-game celebration.

“I wouldn’t ask to play for anybody else,” Smith said of Bradley.

Smith had 8.5 sacks last season after registering 9.5 as a junior.


Telvin Smith Pick Analysis - Posted 2:33 pm EST on 5/10/14

The Jaguars went local in Round 5, and went for depth, too.

The Jaguars at the beginning of Round 5 used their first selection of that round – the No. 144 selection overall – on Florida State University outside linebacker Telvin Smith.

Smith (6-feet-3, 218 pounds) ran a 4.52-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine in late February, and was projected as a fourth-to-fifth-round selection by many draft analysts. He should add speed and quickness to a linebacker corps expected to start veterans Geno Hayes and Dekoda Watson on the outside and Paul Posluszny in the middle.

He spent three seasons as a backup at FSU, and is considered good in coverage with good sideline-to-sidelined speed.

He also is a good blitzer and was considered a possibility by some analysts to move to strong safety. He returned two interceptions for touchdowns last season.


Aaron Colvin Pick Analysis - Posted 1:33 pm EST on 5/10/14

This one was about talent, potential and the long-term.

Not that the Jaguars want to wait forever for Aaron Colvin to contribute, but the cornerback from Oklahoma University likely will start the season on the Physically Unable to Perform List.

That’s because Colvin sustained a torn anterior cruciate ligament on the second day of Senior Bowl practice this past January.

The Jaguars, and particularly Head Coach Gus Bradley, liked the confident, high-energy Colin enough to make him a fourth-round selection in the 2014 NFL Draft. The Jaguars selected the 6-feet-0, 192-pound corner with the No. 114 overall selection early Saturday afternoon.

Colvin was generally considered a possible first- or second-round selection before the injury.

The Jaguars believe Colvin likely will start training camp on PUP, which means he likely will miss the first six games of the 2014 regular season. He will be reevaluated then and the thought within the Jaguars’ front office is he could play and contribute this season.

Colvin was a two-time All Big 12 selection while starting 23 games at corner in is final two collegiate seasons. He started 12 games at strong safety as a sophomore.

Colvin calls himself a lockdown corner, and he adds depth to a young secondary that started two rookies last season – cornerback Dwane Gratz and safety Johnathan Cyprien. The Jaguars also started rookie Josh Evans at free safety alongside Cyprien last season.

Colvin eventually could compete with veteran Alan Ball at the corner opposite Gratz.


Brandon Linder Pick Analysis - Posted 11:44 pm EST on 5/9/14

This one was about need and timeliness.

The Jaguars weren’t desperate to address guard Friday night, exactly, but they considered it a need, so late in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft they traded up to select University of Miami offensive guard Brandon Linder.

The Jaguars selected Linder with the No. 93 overall selection, the 27th selection of the third round. They traded fourth- and sixth-round selections of this year’s draft to the New England Patriots, the 105th and 179th selections overall.

“The guard crop was dwindling, so we had to act and we did,” Jaguars General Manager David Caldwell said shortly after the selection.

Caldwell said Linder will compete at the right guard spot, with veteran Mike Brewster considered the leader at the center position, where he will compete with Jacques McClendon and Patrick Lewis. The Jaguars signed left guard Zane Beadles in in unrestricted free agency.

The offensive line, particularly the interior, was considered an area of need entering the offseason, but Caldwell said Friday said he liked the Jaguars’ situation on the line.

“To be honest with you, we aren’t too overly concerned about it,” Caldwell said. “You guys may think we’re crazy but we have guys that we feel like can step in and be competitive. So we’re not too overly concerned about the o-line.”


Allen Robinson Pick Analysis - Posted 9:44 pm EST on 5/9/14

The Jaguars got better at receiver Friday.

That was true early in the evening, and shortly thereafter, it was really, really true when the Jaguars drafted wide receiver Allen Robinson of Penn State with the No. 61 selection of the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

The Jaguars traded the No. 70 selection – a third-round selection – and a fifth-round selection (No. 150 overall) to the San Francisco 49ers to obtain the No. 61 selection.

The Jaguars earlier in the night drafted Southern California wide receiver Marqise Lee No. 39 overall. That was the No. 7 selection of the second round.

“I thought we would be fortunate to get one of these guys, not both of them,” Jaguars wide receiver coach Jerry Sullivan said.

Jaguars General Manager David Caldwell and Head Coach Gus Bradley said the team targeted both Robinson and Lee entering the evening, deciding on Lee and figuring they wouldn’t have a chance to select Robinson. As he drew closer, they made the decision to move up to get Robinson.

“I’m thrilled we have two young warriors, and guys who have competed at a high level,” Sullivan said. “I’m excited for our team.”

Caldwell said Robinson complemented not only Lee, but wide receiver Cecil Shorts III and Ace Sanders, giving the team a talented young receiving room.


Marqise Lee Pick Analysis - Posted 8:13 pm EST on 5/9/14

On day 2, the Jaguars went wide receiver.

And they did so quickly, with the Jaguars using the seventh selection of the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft – the No. 39 selection overall – on University of Southern California wide receiver Marqise Lee.

Lee was widely considered a possible first-round selection, slipping out of the first round in what many considered a very deep draft at the position.

Lee (6-feet-0, 192 pounds) ran a 4.52-second 40-yard dash and was productive throughout his collegiate career, winning the Biletnikoff Award in 2012. He also was a consensus All-America selection that season.

Lee declared for the draft following his junior season.

The Houston Texas took guard Xavier Su’a-Filo of UCLA with the first selection of the second round. That was the 33rd selection overall, with the Dallas Cowboys selecting Boise State defensive end Demarcus Lawrence No. 34, the Cleveland Browns selecting Nevada offensive tackle Joel Bitonio No. 35, the Oakland Raiders selecting Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr No. 36, the Atlanta Falcons selecting Minnesota defensive tackle Ra’Shede Hageman No. 37 and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selecting tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins from Washington No. 38.

The Jaguars selected Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles with the No. 3 overall selection in the draft on Thursday night. They hold the No. 70 selection – the sixth selection of the third round – later on Friday night.


Blake Bortles Pick Analysis - Posted 9:26 pm EST on 5/8/14

This was a surprise selection, but make no mistake:

Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles was the guy the Jaguars wanted in the 2014 NFL Draft, plain and simple. Pretty much unanimously, too.

The Jaguars made Bortles their quarterback of the future on Thursday night, doing so when they made him the No. 3 overall selection in the ’14 draft after the Houston Texans took South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney No. 1 overall.

The St. Louis Rams took Auburn offensive tackle Greg Robinson No. 2 overall.

Bortles was the most prototypical of the quarterbacks generally considered to be the top players at the position available in this year’s draft. Jaguars General Manager David Caldwell mentioned that with the proliferation of spread offenses in the college game, 6-feet-5, 232-pound quarterbacks are a relatively rarity.

Also rare are quarterbacks of that size with Bortles’ mobility.

“He’s more elusive than you think,” Jaguars Head Coach Gus Bradley said.

While this selection surprised many, with few analysts mocking Bortles to the Jaguars in the weeks and days leading to the draft, Caldwell and Bradley each said Bortles was the selection the Jaguars hoped to make Thursday. Bradley said this likely would have been the selection whoever was on the board at No. 3.

Caldwell said the selection was essentially a consensus choice, with scouts and coaches agreeing on the decision before Caldwell informed the staff that he, too, liked Bortles as the top quarterback and player available.

Although Caldwell and Bradley each said Bortles certainly is the quarterback of the future, each also said the plan remains to have veteran Chad Henne start next season. Bradley and Caldwell had talked extensively throughout the pre-draft process that wherever the Jaguars drafted a quarterback that player might not play immediately.

Bortles said Thursday night he was fine with that concept.

“Obviously, I have things to work on,” Bortles said.

Bortles said while he would have no problem being the backup throughout next season he would prepare and compete to be the starter. He said the mental part of the game as well as footwork are perhaps the areas on which needs to work the most.


 

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