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2013 NFL Draft - Jacksonville Jaguars

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Posted Apr 28, 2013


Jacksonville Jaguars - AFC South, 2013 Draft Selections & Prospects


Jacksonville Jaguars

2013 NFL Draft Team Analysis - AFC
EAST Buffalo | Miami | New England | NY Jets
WEST Denver | Kansas City |  Oakland | San Diego
NORTH Baltimore | Cincinnati  Cleveland | Pittsburgh
SOUTH Houston | Indy | Jacksonville | Tennessee

2013 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    
 
- 2012 Jacksonville Draft Breakdown
- 2011 Jacksonville Draft Breakdown
- 2010 Jacksonville Draft Breakdown 

FIRST ROUND

OT Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M (Jr.) 6-6, 306
Overall Pick No. 2 CFN Position Rank: 1
CFN Analysis: The Jaguars have to be absolutely ecstatic to get Joeckel here. The pressure of the pick is all on Kansas City for taking Eric Fisher first, and now the Jaguars got a No. 1 overall pick for a No. 2 price. There’s no downside whatsoever to the selection with a cornerstone left tackle for the next ten years, minimum. He might not be a pure blaster, but he’s a premier pass protector. This was an easy, no-brainer pick.

A pure technician, he’s a the prototype for how to be a tackle doing everything right with flawless technique, the right feet, the right hand pop and the ability to handle himself well against any time of pass rusher. He can’t be outsmarted by the creative ones, and he won’t be outhustled by the high-motor types, making it look easy in both the Big 12 and SEC. Athletic and quick off the blocks, he’s a left tackle who can sit on a line for the next ten years and be a franchise blocker to work everything around.

While he’s not necessarily a finesse blocker, he’s not going to destroy his man and throw him into the ninth row, walling off his guy rather than burying him. As good as he already is, he still needs to get a bit stronger and bigger, and there might be question marks about his quickness and athleticism if he gets up to 320 or so. At the moment, he’s not an intimidating force and he’s not going to scare an NFL defensive lineman, but he’s going to be special for a long, long time protecting someone’s blind side.
CFN Projection: First Round

SECOND ROUND

SS Jonathan Cyprien, FIU 6-0, 217
Overall Pick No. 33 CFN Position Rank: 3
The WOW factor is there. He plays fast, talks fast and makes big things happen with superior athleticism and attitude combining to make a near-perfect leader for an NFL secondary. Not only can he move like a corner, but he can jump out of the stadium and muscle up against the bigger more physical targets. Forget that he went to FIU; he’s a big-time producer who can handle himself well against top targets. He needs to find the right position as a bit of a safety tweener, and he gets beaten up win his style of play, but he’ll be a highlight-reel hitter who’ll talk his way into a starting role. Being too aggressive and too feisty isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
CFN Projection: Second Round

THIRD ROUND

CB Dwayne Gratz, Connecticut 5-11, 201
Overall Pick No. 64 CFN Position Rank: 22
Versatile, he can work as a free safety or a corner with decent speed and excellent strength. After some nice offseason workouts, he showed all the requisite NFL athletic skills including nice quickness. With his experience, size and abilities, he’s built like a No.1 corner, but the tools don’t match the tape. He gets beaten by anyone with a creative move and doesn’t use his physical skills enough to beat people up. The Combine upped his stock, but he’ll probably be way overdrafted mainly because teams are going to like his upside and potential. He’ll do what’s needed to become a better all-around player, and he’ll have the right attitude, but he’ll need some work.
CFN Projection: Third Round

FOURTH ROUND

WR Ace Sanders, South Carolina (Jr.) 5-7, 173
Overall Pick No. 101 CFN Position Rank: 19
He’s way too small, way too slow and doesn’t have any functional strength, but he’s a terrific football player who cuts on a dime and makes things happen every time he touches the ball. An elite punt returner, he could be a specialist and a No. 3 receiver who rips up linebackers and destroys people in space. The lack of deep speed is a problem, and he’s not built to take many hits, but he’s such a playmaker that some offensive coordinator is going to want to come up with several interesting packages to suit his talents. He’d be a fun toy to play with.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

FIFTH ROUND

WR Denard Robinson, Michigan 5-10, 199
Overall Pick No. 135 CFN Position Rank: 14
Make no mistake about it; he’s a project. A quarterback trying to become an NFL receiver, he has great speed and peerless quickness with electrifying moves in the open field as a runner and potentially a returner, but it’s going to take a little while to get the subtle nuances down. Get the ball in his hands on the move and magical things will happen – until he gets hit. He can’t seem to get popped without getting hurt, and he’s a bit of a square peg in a round hole with the position change. A good guy and a leader, he’ll make himself into a good player with a little bit of time and seasoning. No, he’s not a passing quarterback, but he can be used under center in special packages designed for him.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

SIXTH ROUND

FS Josh Evans, Florida  6-1, 207
Overall Pick No. 169 CFN Position Rank: 21
The speed isn’t there and he wasn’t exactly a star for the Gators, but he’s a good-sized defender who can get all over the field and brings a nice fire and good hustle to his play. Quicker than fast, he gets around well and cuts and moves to the ball without a problem. There’s nothing he does at a high level and there’s no real upside, but he could be a functional backup for any safety role and a nice special teamer.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round  

SEVENTH ROUND

CB Jeremy Harris, New Mexico State 6-2, 181
Overall Pick No. 208 CFN Position Rank: Not Ranked

CB Demetrius McCray, Appalachian State 6-1, 187
Overall Pick No. 210 CFN Position Rank: Not Ranked