Jacksonville Jaguars: Predicting the Impact of Every 2014 Draft Pick

Predicting the Impact of Every 2014 Draft Pick

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The Jacksonville Jaguars needed to have a good draft, and that's exactly what they did. The Jaguars loaded up on offense through the first three rounds, snagging guys like Blake Bortles with the third overall pick and wide receivers Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson in the second round. I think there's reason to be excited in Jacksonville for these rookies.

Blake Bortles - QB (Rd 1, Pick 3)

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Blake Bortles - QB (Rd 1, Pick 3)

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Impact: None

Jacksonville shocked a lot of people by going after Blake Bortles with the third overall pick, but it's a move that will serve them well in the future. Gus Bradley holds firm to his plan to keep Bortles benched for this 2014 season, so his immediate impact is obviously not going to be much. Down the road, however, the Jaguars have a franchise quarterback.

Marqise Lee - WR (Rd 2, Pick 39)

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Marqise Lee - WR (Rd 2, Pick 39)

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Impact: High

I don't care who's out there throwing passes, Marqise Lee is the No. 1 target. The Jaguars desperately needed to get a wide receiver with Justin Blackmon's future so uncertain, and Lee is that guy.

Allen Robinson - WR (Rd 2, Pick 61)

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Allen Robinson - WR (Rd 2, Pick 61)

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Impact: High

This was probably the best and boldest move the Jaguars made during the draft. Allen Robinson, alongside Marqise Lee, is the dream for a quarterback. The weapons being handed to Bortles for the next few years are ridiculously good.

Brandon Linder - OG (Rd 3, Pick 93)

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Brandon Linder - OG (Rd 3, Pick 93)

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Impact: Mid-High

At 6-foot-6, 311 pounds, Brandon Linder already looks the part of an NFL offensive lineman. Last year's starting guard Uche Nwaneri was cut earlier this offseason, leaving a large hole in the offensive line. Linder is going to competing for a starting job right away.

Aaron Colvin - CB (Rd 4, Pick 114)

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Aaron Colvin - CB (Rd 4, Pick 114)

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Impact: Low

The Jaguars waited until Round 4 to go after some defense, and I'm not sure it could've played out any better. Aaron Colvin spent his time at Oklahoma proving he can do just about everything from the cornerback position. The only reason he fell to the fourth round was a torn ACL suffered in a Senior Bowl practice.

Telvin Smith - ILB (Rd 5, Pick 144)

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Telvin Smith - ILB (Rd 5, Pick 144)

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Impact: Medium

Telvin Smith was one of the players who reportedly failed the drug test taken at the NFL Combine, but I'm not quick to label him with "character issues." Bradley saw a need at linebacker and got a good prospect who has room to grow. Can't argue with that.

Chris Smith - DE (Rd 5, Pick 159)

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Chris Smith - DE (Rd 5, Pick 159)

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Impact: Little

I'm not expecting Chris Smith to compete for a starting job right away, but he is a guy who can fit into the Jaguars' rotation on the defensive line. He was an excellent pass-rusher off the edge in college, and he'll likely get a full season to perfect his technique while getting some action here and there.

Luke Bowanko - C (Rd 6, Pick 205)

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Luke Bowanko - C (Rd 6, Pick 205)

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Impact: Little

Luke Bowanko was an interesting choice here. Though it doesn't currently look like he'll fit in at center on an NFL offensive line, the Jaguars may have grabbed in the sixth round to help with their zone-blocking scheme.

Storm Johnson - RB (Rd 7, Pick 222)

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Storm Johnson - RB (Rd 7, Pick 222)

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Impact: Mid-Low

I liked this pick. Storm Johnson was one of the most underrated running backs in this year's draft, and for him to get to go to Jacksonville with teammate Blake Bortles is just fitting. Maurice Jones-Drew and Fred Taylor are out, meaning there's plenty of opportunity at running back.