Denard Robinson stole headlines Saturday night, but the holistic view of the Jacksonville Jaguars‘ 2013 NFL Draft haul varies differently depending on how you look at it.
Luke Joeckel shocked the world when late reports had him falling out of the No. 1 overall pick and the Jags leaped on it. Jacksonville already possessed a very good offensive tackle in Eugene Monroe, but only possessed one quality tackle in total, so there will be room for Joeckel in the starting lineup.
“He’s an excellent pass blocker,” Jags general manager David Caldwell said, via The Associated Press. “He has an innate ability to be patient, and just like the defenders coming at him, has an answer for counter moves and speed moves. He does it very effortlessly throughout the course of the game, and very seldom does he look bad or like he’s really overextending at all.”
It came as a bit of a surprise to me and many others that they didn’t snag Oregon edge-rusher Dion Jordan, as new head coach Gus Bradley had designated a “Leo” edge-rushing position that seemed suited for Jordan. The Jags would not select a front-seven player in the entire draft.
Jacksonville did fill huge needs in the secondary in selecting cornerbacks Dwayne Gratz (third round) along with seventh-rounders Jeremy Harris and Demetrius McCray, but that spot still looks a mess. Safety Jonathan Cyprien (second) does provide a huge boost to the safety position, however. Wide receiver was also addressed mid-round in Ace Sanders and Robinson.
Picks: Joeckel (1-2), Cyprien (2-1), Gratz (3-2), Sanders (4-4), Robinson (5-2), Evans (6-1), Harris (7-2) and McCray (7-4)