By Chris Ross @DraftScout_NFL on May 22, 2014
The Jacksonville Jaguars are a team on the rise. After a great 2014 draft class, the team is filled with young talent, and the potential is there for the team to take a big step in 2014. That said, here is a prediction of how every Jacksonville Jaguars 2014 NFL draft pick will fare in 2014.
Although I’m not really much of a Blake Bortles fan, I do think he ended up in a great situation to succeed. The Jaguars have Chad Henne to act as the “bridge” quarterback while Bortles develops, and chances are he will develop into the Jaguars' starting quarterback after some development.
I was a huge fan of this pick for the Jaguars. Marqise Lee fell in the draft due to injury concerns, however, he has the talent to become the type of player Justin Blackmon was supposed to be. Lee will be the Jaguars No. 1 receiver from the beginning, and I fully expect him to thrive.
Earlier in Round 2, the Jaguars picked up the athletic, playmaking receiver they needed in Marqise Lee, and in Allen Robinson, the team is getting a great compliment to Lee. Robinson is a big, physical receiver, and he and Lee will be able to grow together to help make the Jaguars’ offense one of the best.
Although he wasn't the most talked about prospect, Brandon Linder will give the Jaguars a solid starter at the guard position. Linder was a steal in the third round, and he will be an above-average lineman right away.
Despite the fact he probably won’t have an opportunity to do too much in his rookie season thanks to a torn ACL, Aaron Colvin was a solid selection for the Jaguars regardless. Colvin has future-starter written all over him, and as soon as he is healthy, Colvin should be a nice contributor on Jacksonville’s defense.
A solid player who was a steal in the fifth round, Telvin Smith should challenge for playing time right away in Jacksonville. Smith has potential as a pass-rusher, and if he can improve his run-stuffing, Smith could be a starter.
A defensive end in college, Chris Smith is likely to be converted into a defensive end by the Jaguars, but that’s a move Smith can handle. A solid athlete with potential as a rotational player, Smith should fill a situational role for Jacksonville.
The only selection the Jaguars made that truly confused me in the 2014 NFL draft was the team’s decision to select Luke Bowanko. A backup at best, Bowanko can provide average depth, however, he just isn’t talented enough to become a starter at the next level.
An amazing value in the seventh round, the Jaguars were able to select Storm Johnson with the draft’s 222nd overall pick. Johnson will be a valuable member of Jacksonville’s backfield in a few years, and this was a great pick.
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