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What are the team needs for the Jaguars heading into the draft?
The Jags need help at defensive end, cornerback depth, and wide receiver heading into the draft.
Who are some prospects you’d like to see end up with the Jaguars?
WR Michael Floyd is the hot prospect right now, but if Justin Blackmon were available it’d be great to the see the Jags take him. Melvin Ingram has shot up draft boards due to a more consistent motor than Quinton Coples, but I’m not certain how well he’d fit in as a 4-3 defensive end in the NFL. CB Stephon Gilmore has also come onto the radar lately. I think he’s a little early for #7, but he’d lock up the other cornerback slot opposite Derek Cox for years to come.
What would represent a successful draft in your opinion?
We won’t really know until the season, but if we nab a defensive end in any round that contributes more than six sacks and plays the run well, it will be an improvement. Similarly, the cornerback position just needs depth. If someone goes down and a rookie that the team picks up is able to step in and play well it will be a huge improvement over last year when the Jags were signing players off the street. The most successful scenario would be seeing a wide receiver perform like AJ Green during his rookie season.
Give us a bold prediction for your team
The Jaguars will trade back in the first round, acquire a speedy receiver like Stephen Hill in the first round and use its extra pick(s) to grab as many defensive linemen as possible. Cornerback will be addressed in the later rounds, as will interior offensive linemen.