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2014 NFL Draft: Top 5 Jacksonville Jaguars’ Dark Horse First-Round Targets

5 Dark Horse First-Round Options for the Jaguars

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With a four-win season in 2013, the Jacksonville Jaguars need an upgrade at almost every position. With rumors that teams across the league are not in love with this years' quarterback class, Jacksonville may make some surprise selections with the third pick in the draft. Know this list of dark horse candidates before anyone else does.

5. Bishop Sankey, RB, Washington

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5. Bishop Sankey, RB, Washington

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If Jadeveon Clowney is selected by the Houston Texans, then the Jaguars may grab the first running back off of the board. The team needs serious help with Toby Gerhart leading the attack, and the shifty Bishop Sankey would give Jacksonville a nice 1-2 punch. Sankey finished his 2013 season with 1,870 rushing yards and 20 rushing touchdowns. He is also valuable in the passing attack with 304 receiving yard in his last year with Washington.

4. Kareem Martin, DE, North Carolina

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4. Kareem Martin, DE, North Carolina

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It really looks like Jacksonville may completely skip over a quarterback in the first round, and the Jaguars may have their eyes on Kareem Martin. With 82 tackles, 11.5 sacks and three forced fumbles in 2013, the 6-foot-5 Kareem Martin would be an instant starter for Jacksonville.

3. Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville

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3. Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville

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He was once considered the most well-rounded quarterback in the draft, but Teddy Bridgewater may not even be selected in the first round now. Although his stock has fallen after his Pro Day, Bridgewater was once a serious contender for the first pick for Jacksonville. With 31 touchdowns and only four interceptions in 2013, the Jaguars may still like the prospect of signing Teddy.

2. Trent Murphy, DE, Stanford

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2. Trent Murphy, DE, Stanford

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If Jadeveon Clowney is gone, Trent Murphy would be one of the best options at DE. He had 15 sacks and two forced fumbles for Stanford in 2013, and he would be able to greatly improve the 26th ranked pass defense and the 29th ranked rush defense of the Jaguars.

1. Zach Mettenberger, QB, LSU

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1. Zach Mettenberger, QB, LSU

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With some previous legal trouble and an injury under his belt, Zach Mettenberger is not as high up on the draft board as he should be. Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron has helped groom him to be ready for the NFL, and Mettenberger has the potential to develop into a long lasting starting quarterback. He lacks mobility, but he makes up for it with a strong arm and accurate passing ability.