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Grading the Jacksonville Jaguars’ 2014 Draft Picks

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Grading the Jacksonville Jaguars' 2014 Draft Picks

Blake Bortles QB Jacksonville
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After finishing the 2013 season 4-12, you would have thought that the focus for the Jaguars in this draft would be to find players who could contribute as early as possible. Unfortunately it seems as if there are a bunch of developmental hopes and dreams that could keep this team near the bottom of the league. Here are the grades of those selections and the potential impact this season.

Blake Bortles QB UCF: Round 1, No. 3 Overall

Blake Bortles UCF
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Blake Bortles QB UCF: Round 1, No. 3 Overall

Blake Bortles UCF
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Surprising many, GM David Caldwell chose the UCF product over the more popular Johnny Manziel and the more consistent Teddy Bridgewater. While Bortles has the measurables of a NFL starting QB, you have to wonder if he is a one-year wonder. Gus Bradley recently hinted that it's the team's desire to have him sit this season in favor of Chad Henne. You cannot invest this much into a guy who won't play right away. Grade: B-

Marqis Lee WR USC: Round 2, No. 39 Overall

Marqise Lee USC
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Marqise Lee WR USC: Round 2, No. 39 Overall

Marqise Lee WR USC
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With the uncertainty of receiver Justin Blackmon, the team needed to find WR weapons for whoever ends up starting at quarterback. And if Lee can recapture his 2012 form that saw him have 118 catches and 1,721 yards, this selection can be put in contention for "steal of the draft" because he possesses first-round talent. Grade A

Allen Robinson WR PSU: Round 2, No. 61 Overall

Allen Robinson
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Allen Robinson WR PSU: Round 2, No. 61 Overall

Allen Robinson Penn St.
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Still not having much help at the receiver position, the Jags went back to the well with their second second-round pick. Just like Lee, Robinson possesses first-round talent but some were scared off by a slower 40-yard dash time. He has the prototypical outside receiver size and talent which will allow Lee to move to the slot. Grade: A

Brandon Linder OG Miami (FL): Round 3, No. 93 Overall

Brandon Linder OG Miami
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Brandon Linder OG Miami (FL): Round 3, No. 93 Overall

Brandon Linder OG Miami
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The team signed Zane Beadles from Denver, but outside of him playing one of the guard positions, there is a lot of uncertainty at the other. It is a perfect opportunity for the former Hurricanes offensive MVP who started 10 games at guard in 2013. Draft Grade: B+

Aaron Colvin CB Oklahoma: Round 4, No. 114 Overall

Aaron Colvin CB Oklahoma
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Aaron Colvin CB Oklahoma: Round 4, No. 114 Overall

Aaron Colvin CB Oklahoma
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For a team that is in need of talent ready to play now, the selection of Colvin, who is coming off of an ACL injury he suffered in the Senior Bowl, is puzzling. Prior to the injury he carried a day 2 draft grade, but now it's uncertain if he can make the roster considering how far behind he will be after missing time due to rehab. Draft Grade: C

Telvin Smith ILB Florida St: Round 5, No. 144 Overall

Telvin Smith Florida St
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Telvin Smith ILB Florida St.: Round 5, No. 144 Overall

Telvin Smith Florida St.
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With Paul Posluszny being the incumbent at middle linebacker, you have to wonder where the Florida St. star will play. In addition to solidifying his roster spot by playing special teams, he may even have to consider a position change to either one of the outside linebacker positions or even safety due to his slight build at 6-foot-3, 220-pounds. Draft Grade: C+

Chris Smith DE Arkansas: Round 5, No. 159 Overall

Chris Smith Arkansas
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Chris Smith DE Arkansas: Round 5, No. 159 Overall

Chris Smith Arkansas
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With the free agency acquisition of Chris Clemons, Ziggy Hood and Red Bryant to already go with a crowded defensive line group, Smith's only shot at a roster spot may come as a situational pass-rusher and a special teams player. Draft Grade: C-

Luke Bowanko OT Virginia: Round 6, No. 205 Overall

Luke Bowanko Virginia
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Luke Bowanko OT Virginia: Round 6, No. 205 Overall

Luke Bowanko Virginia
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Is he a center or is he a guard? That's a question that Bowanko must answer quickly, and it all could depend on the confidence that the coaching staff has in the returning players. Unless there are a couple of injuries up front, I see him as nothing more than a developmental player who may not make the 53-man roster. Draft Grade: C-

Storm Johnson RB UCF: Round 7, No. 222 Overall

Storm Johnson UCF
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Storm Johnson RB UCF: Round 7, No. 222 Overall

Storm Johnson UCF
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The probability of Johnson making the roster will be determined if Denard Robinson has made the transition from college quarterback to NFL running back. If he hasn't, the Jacksonville may keep the talented runner who was just as integral to UCF's success in 2013 as fellow draftee Bortles. If Robinson has, the best chance for Storm to make the roster is through special teams. Draft Grade: B-