By: David Levin (davidlevin71)
This weekend, Jaguars general manager David Caldwell did exactly what he needed to do to make the team he oversees a potential contender in the AFC South.
While the “contending” may not take place for another year or two, there was a definite “blueprint” revealed through seven rounds of drafting that saw the team add youth, speed and secondary help to a depleted back line.
This is exactly how I thought Caldwell would deliver. He made a huge splash by taking the big tackle, Luke Joeckel of Texas A&M and followed it up in the second round with Johnathan Cyprien, a defensive back from Florida International.
Those two picks were enough for myself and Jaguars’ fans to get excited about the future of this team. But I am more impressed with what happened over the next five rounds of Caldwell’s draft.
The secondary lost names like Aaron Ross, Rashean Mathis, and Dawan Landry. While we can’t expect Cyprien and players like Dwayne Gratz, Josh Evans, Jeremy Harris and Demetrius McCray to come in and become an All-Pro secondary, but it can expect these players to come in and try to revitalize the defense and give the team a winning chance.
There was no pass rusher added. There was no quarterback added. There was no linebacker added. There was speed added to the running game in Denard Robinson of Michigan. There wasspeed added in the receiving game in Ace Sanders of South Carolina.
For everything I see, youth was served. There were eight choices made and all eight could make this team. They should make this team. They will not solve all our problems and Jaguars fans will find fault with picks made because that is the nature of the business. There is no way to please everyone.
But these picks and the free agents signed over the weekend (watch out for Arizona quarterback Matt Scott) of which I can only say I hope FSU’s Lonnie Pryor makes this team to replace fullback Greg Jones.
These picks also did something great for this community- it gave us a chance to talk, be excited and hope there is a playoff spot waiting for us in the near future.
I’d say Caldwell accomplished plenty for his franchise over the weekend.
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