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Jaguars and SEC Could Intersect - Again

Jul 19, 2013 -- 9:46am

By: David Levin (@davidlevin71)

This is how you write about the Jaguars and the SEC Media Days in one shot. There is so much excitement right now about football, both college and professional, I am salivating at the prospect of training camp opening next week and the idea of Will Muschamp firing salvos at Ohio State and Urban Meyer.

It’s a great time of year.

While I am not in Hoover, AL and have no idea what the “in person” view of Media Days is like, I can only imagine for the football fan, it’s like Disney World and Christmas on a smaller level. For the media staff traveling to Alabama and covering the event - that might be a different story.

This is a column where I usually speak the gospel of the Jaguars and the excitement of next week, the need for fans to rally and continue to support the team and for me to impress on the city that this is a franchise that is not moving anywhere anytime soon.

How about this? Why don’t we discuss next year’s NFL Draft?

When you look at the 14 teams that make up the SEC, there is enough talent to create half an NFL roster or more. With that in mind, the first round pick in the Draft of these Jaguars could very well come from the SEC. This year’s pick, Luke Joeckel, looks to be a solid choice at right tackle and could be a “steal” with the second overall selection. I say that because he was the most NFL-ready prospect in the draft.

But looking at the players and the fact the Jaguars are not expected to win many games (although for some reason, I think 8-8 is possible), there is a good chance this team will pick in the top 10 next year. And where do most of the SEC players and All Americans get drafted? It’s not rocket science. You fill in the blank.There will be plenty of talent to choose from: Jadeveon Clowney, Dominique Easley, Louchiez Purifoy, or maybe even Todd Gurley. The point is, this team will not have to travel far to find an impact player. Plenty of impact players could mean the Jaguars are closer to making the playoffs than we think.

And if that does happen, this team really isn't going anywhere in the near future.

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