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Grading Jacksonville Jaguars’ 2014 Draft Picks After Preseason

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Grading The Jacksonville Jaguars' 2014 Draft Picks After Preseason

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During the preseason, many players are given the chance to prove themselves in front of the world. For rookies, the games are even more crucial. It's the first time they get to experience the speed of the NFL and what they must do to succeed. As far as the Jaguars go, they have some promising rookies this year that are hoping to show their worth. Read on to find out how each of them grade out following the preseason.

1st Round- Blake Bortles, 3rd Overall Pick

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1st Round- Blake Bortles, 3rd Overall Pick

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Blake Bortles was drafted third overall this past year as the Jags franchise quarterback of the future. In the preseason, he more than lived up to those expectations. He completed 32-of-51 passes for 521 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in the four games. The Jaguars are adamant that Chad Henne is their guy this year, but Bortles has done just about everything he can to change the team's mind. Grade: A-.

2nd Round- Marqise Lee, 39th Overall Pick

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2nd Round- Marqise Lee, 39th Overall Pick

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WR Marqise Lee was taken in the early part of the second round this past May. He was brought in to help rebuild an offense that really struggled a year ago. Lee was a mixed bag in the preseason. He had games where he was very quiet, while flashing brilliance in other games. Overall, he had a solid preseason catching two touchdowns, including a 57-yard TD in the preseason finale. He should start Week 1 opposite Cecil Shorts. Grade: B+.

2nd Round- Allen Robinson, 61st Overall Pick

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2nd Round- Allen Robinson, 61st Overall Pick

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WR Allen Robinson was another piece drafted to rebuild the Jaguars' offense. Robinson has a lot of talent, but he didn't see the field in the preseason due to a hamstring injury he suffered at the beginning of training camp. He should catch his fair share of passes this season, but the fact that he hasn't seen the field yet hurts him. Making things worse, UDFA WR Allen Hurns is now hot on his trail for reps. Grade: C+.

3rd Round- Brandon Linder, 93rd Overall Pick

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3rd Round- Brandon Linder, 93rd Overall Pick

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OL Brandon Linder was drafted to help provide stability on an offensive line that really struggled in 2013. He should open the season as the starting Right Guard. However, Linder has proven to be a very versatile player. He has the ability to play Center and Guard. Linder will be a crucial part of the Jaguars rebuild. Grade: B+.

4th Round- Aaron Colvin, 114th Overall Pick

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4th Round- Aaron Colvin, 114th Overall Pick

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CB Aaron Colvin was the first player the Jaguars drafted on defense in 2014. He showed his versatility for the Sooners, lining up at CB and Safety at times. Unfortunately, he tore his ACL at the Senior Bowl and may miss the entire 2014 season as a result. He should be able to play some meaningful snaps in 2015 though. Grade: D+.

5th Round- Telvin Smith, 144th Overall Pick

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5th Round- Telvin Smith, 144th Overall Pick

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LB Telvin Smith has a lot to offer the Jaguars. He can cover, has solid speed, is a solid tackler and can even put some pressure on the QB at times. Smith showed some promise in the preseason registering nine tackles, one pass deflection and a QB hit in four games. He should be able to contribute right away, both on defense and special teams. Grade: B+.

5th Round- Chris Smith, 159th Overall Pick

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5th Round- Chris Smith, 159th Overall Pick

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DE Chris Smith has a chance to be used as a rotational pass rusher right away for the Jaguars. He probably will only be used in passing situations because he is a liability against the run. With that said, he is still a threat in pass rush. He showed that in the preseason as well. He registered four tackles, one sack and two QB hits. Grade: B.

6th Round- Luke Bowanko, 205th Overall Pick

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6th Round- Luke Bowanko, 205th Overall Pick

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Center Luke Bowanko went from a third-string offensive lineman battling for a roster spot to a starter in a matter of weeks thanks to an impressive preseason. He will be yet another important piece on a revamped offensive line for the Jaguars this season. Grade: B+.

7th Round- Storm Johnson, 222nd Overall Pick

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7th Round- Storm Johnson, 222nd Overall Pick

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RB Storm Johnson probably won't see very many carries at all this season for the Jaguars. With the Jags set to use a combination of Toby Gerhart, Denard Robinson, and Jordan Todman, Johnson will probably get lost in the shuffle. He will have to serve as depth at the position for now. He certainly didn't do much to stand out in preseason play rushing 20 times for just 42 yards. Grade: C.

Will Gellman is a New England Patriots writer for RantSports.com.  Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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