The common opinion regarding the Jacksonville Jaguars and the NFL Draft is that the team absolutely must get a quarterback. While this is a true statement considering the ineptitude of Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne, it does not necessarily mean the team should go with a quarterback with the second overall pick. Instead rather, the team should draft a player at a position in which the team was supposed to be set for years to come; wide receiver.
2012 first-rounder Justin Blackmon was supposed to become the receiver that Jacksonville has been lacking, however, after two years in the league, it’s becoming quite clear that Blackmon isn’t the guy the Jaguars thought he was coming out of college. As a matter of fact, Blackmon is suspended indefinitely right now because of the fact he can’t seem to mature enough to play in the NFL.
Holding the second overall pick, Jacksonville will likely be able to choose whoever they want as far as receivers are concerned. The obvious choice for the team is Clemson‘s Sammy Watkins, and by grabbing Watkins, the team will be able to wait until the second round to draft their quarterback of the future. Adding a receiver second overall will also allow whoever Jacksonville drafts at quarterback to have someone besides Cecil Shorts to throw the ball to by the time next season rolls around.
It might not be the most popular choice, however, it’s the right one in Jacksonville. Wide receiver needs to be at the top of the Jaguars’ NFL draft wish list.