2012 NFL Draft - Jacksonville Jaguars

Posted Apr 28, 2012

Jacksonville Jaguars - AFC South, 2012 Draft Selections & Prospects

Jacksonville Jaguars

2012 NFL Draft Team Analysis - AFC
EAST Buffalo | Miami | New England | NY Jets
WEST Denver | Kansas CityOakland | San Diego
NORTH Baltimore | Cincinnati  Cleveland | Pittsburgh
SOUTH Houston | Indy | Jacksonville | Tennessee

2012 NFL Draft Team Analysis - NFC
EAST Dallas | NY Giants | Philadelphia | Washington
WEST Arizona | San Francisco | Seattle | St. Louis
NORTH Chicago | Detroit | Green Bay | Minnesota
SOUTH Atlanta | Carolina | New Orleans | Tampa Bay   

- 2011 Jacksonville Draft Breakdown
- 2010 Jacksonville Draft Breakdown

The Draft Was ... fine until the Jaguars went silly. They did what they needed to do to move up to get Justin Blackmon, filling a massive hole, and got a nice hybrid pass rusher in Andre Branch, but for a team with so many problems, taking a punter early in the third was a luxury that couldn't be afforded.The punting game was a disaster, but that's what fifth and sixth round picks are for.
Best Value Pick: DE Andre Branch, Clemson, 2nd round
Worst Value Pick: P Bryan Anger, California, 3rd round
They Should've ... traded down to get the punter. Fine, so they wanted to address the problem, and Anger is a terrific prospect, but with few picks of substance left after the trade up for Blackmon, moving down should've been a priority.
Division Draft Ranking: 4
Overall Draft Ranking: 27

First Round

WR Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State (Jr.) 6-1, 207
Overall Pick No. 5 CFN Overall Ranking: 15
CFN Analysis: Alright, Jacksonville; you gave Blaine Gabbert his target. The team desperately needed a No. 1 wide receiver, but Blackmon is no sure thing to be a superstar who can carry a receiving corps all by himself. He might turn out to be a stronger piece to the puzzle rather than a main man, but this was a must pick for a team that has to come up with playmakers. St. Louis has to be really, really ticked off by the Jaguars' hustle.

One of the most productive receivers in college football history, he was keyed on by defense after defense, but it didn't matter as he always found ways to get open and always fought his way to make plays. Extremely tough on the field, he's looks physical and plays like it while also finding ways to keep working and keep moving to make sure he can be in a position to make something happen. But will he be able to muscle anyone in the NFL? No.

He's not that big compared to the elite pro targets, and he's a bit too short and not necessarily a blazer. He timed well on his pro day, but in today's day and age of Calvin Johnson, Andre Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald, and receivers who are really, really big and really, really fast, Blackmon isn't either one. Making matters worse, despite looking the part, he's not actually that strong with an okay 14 reps on the bench at the Combine.

The problem is that he's more of a good football player than an elite prospect, and he's not going to be the type of receiver who can carry an entire pro passing game by himself. His numbers, while great, were inflated a bit by being in the Oklahoma State offense, and as Michael Crabtree, Jeremy Maclin, and until he plays a full season, Dez Bryant have proven, Big 12 receivers, while productive, get overdrafted. There's little bust potential, but he's a faster Anquan Boldin instead of a Megatron. In such a deep class of receivers, is he worthy of a top ten pick? No, but that doesn't mean he won't be terrific.
CFN Projection: First Round

Second Round

DE Andre Branch, Clemson (OLB) 6-4, 259
Overall Pick No. 38 CFN Overall Ranking: 47
CFN Analysis: A big-time need pick for the Jaguars, they traded up to get Justin Blackmon in the first round and passed up on the pass rushers. Now they have their hybrid defender who has to be to get into the backfield on a consistent basis. Can he hold up against the run? That's not going to be his job. If he can get to the quarterback all will be fine.

A beefed up outside linebacker, he'll be fine in almost any scheme on the outside in some way, shape, or form. A hybrid more than a tweener, he'll probably start out as an outside linebacker before adding a little more weight – he has the frame to get up to 270 without a problem – to become a true end. Quick, he gets around in a hurry and looked the part at the Combine with smooth quickness and cutting ability. The concern will be against the run. Not really a run stopper of an outside linebacker, he'll have to hit the weight room to become functionally stronger. The biggest issue, though, is a back problem that's not going to get any better after getting beaten on. There's going to be a large Buyer Beware sign on his back, but he could flourish out of the box if he's used only as a speed rusher.
CFN Projection: Second Round

Third Round

P Bryan Anger, California  6-4, 208
Overall Pick No. 70  CFN Overall Ranking: Unranked

CFN Analysis: The Jaguars aren't good enough to get this cute. They need a corner, they need another wide receiver – even after taking Justin Blackmon – and they need more help on the outside of the defensive front seven. There's no question that Anger is a great prospect, but he's a punter. Yes, the punting game was among the worst in the NFL, but the third round is a huge, huge reach even if he does turn out to be great.

The ball booms off his leg and he can be a game-changer by bailing the team out of jams. A cannon, he can blast away from anywhere and can move just enough to get the ball off his foot in a hurry. He's big, experienced, and has the right make-up to be a fixture for the next ten years.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round

Fifth Round

LB Brandon Marshall, Nevada 6-1, 242
Overall Pick No. 142 CFN Overall Ranking: Unranked
CFN Analysis: Big, strong, and with a great frame, he dominated at the Combine with 28 reps on the bench and has just enough quickness to get by. A self-starter, he can be used on special teams and will do all the little things and all the dirty work to make a difference. However, he doesn't play strong, he's not fast, and he doesn't have the athleticism to be anything more than a decent part of a rotation. He'll have to be a special teamer.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round    

Sixth Round

CB Mike Harris, Florida State 5-10, 188
Overall Pick No. 177 CFN Overall Ranking: Unranked
He has decent size and decent speed, but he doesn't have great size or great wheels. Athletic, he moves well on the field, and he's never afraid to make a tackle. A battler, he'll do what's needed any won't ever be a problem when it comes to effort. However, he has marginal NFL skills and doesn't have the raw wheels needed to be a starter. He'll work in nickel and dime packages and on special teams.

Seventh Round

DT Jeris Pendleton, Ashland
Overall Pick No. 228   CFN Overall Rank: Unranked
CFN Projection: Free Agent