We are exactly one month away from the 2011 NFL Draft which begins on Thursday, April 28 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Rounds two and three are scheduled for Friday, April 29, and the final four rounds will be held on Saturday, April 30.
The Jacksonville Jaguars own the 16th selection in the first round of the draft and seven picks overall. In addition to their first-round pick, the Jaguars have six other choices - with picks in the second and third, two in the fourth and one each in the fifth and sixth rounds. The Jaguars did not receive any of the 21 compensatory picks that were awarded last week by the NFL.
The Jaguars traded a 2010 fifth-round pick to New Orleans to obtain the Saints' fourth-round pick in 2011. The club also traded its 2011 seventh-round pick to Miami for guard Justin Smiley last May.
Gene Smith is preparing for his third draft as the Jaguars general manager. Smith's first two drafts netted 15 players and all 15 remain on the roster, and the group has made 157 combined starts. Eight offensive players, six defensive players and one return specialist have been selected by Smith and his staff the last two years.
The Jaguars selected six players in the 2010 NFL Draft. The Jaguars' first four draft choices were defensive linemen led by defensive tackle Tyson Alualu. The 10thoverall pick started all 16 games for the club and ranked second among NFL rookie defensive tackles with 3.5 sacks. Alualu joined 2009 third-round pick Terrance Knighton as the only two rookie defensive linemen in franchise history to start all 16 games as a rookie.
If the Jaguars select 16th, it would be the latest the club picked since 2007 when it owned the 21stoverall pick.
JAGUARS 2011 DRAFT PICKS
*Obtained from New Orleans for 2010 5th-round pick