Jaguars Know Two Is Better Than One
By Troy Graham
No team enjoys coming in second in the standings. Prime example: the Jacksonville Jaguars, who finished second to last. Ironically, the AFC South bottom dweller lost out, despite losing enough in 2012, when the Kansas City Chiefs won the tie breaker for the first-overall pick in this upcoming draft.
At last, the team may be in luck. Depending on how the Chiefs decide to utilize their top pick, the Jags selection can seem like a number-one pick with the quality of players available. According to Mel Kiper’s ESPN big board, Texas A&M’s Luke Joeckel at offensive tackle is the top player in the draft with a rare 97 percentile grade and Central Michigan’s Eric Fisher follows him with a 96 in the same position. If the Chiefs go in a different direction, Jacksonville could see some busy phone lines from teams picking later in the draft wanting to trade for their position with worthy offers.
There is no secret the Jags are a team with multiple needs, from defensive end to offensive line to defensive backfield and even a new running back to spell Maurice Jones-Drew. In this situation, quantity could be more important than quality.
The San Diego Chargers have the chance to be a likely ally along with the Minnesota Vikings. San Diego has the 11th overall pick and are desperate for an offensive tackle. The Vikings hold the 23rd and 25th pick and show no doubt in their desires to give away two picks for one better pick in order to upgrade the wide receiver position after Percy Harvin was traded away to Seattle.
West Virginia WR Tavon Austin, who possess similar explosiveness to Harvin, is projected to be snagged anywhere in between picks 10-20, leaving questionable ground for the Jags if they could work with two teams on the outside looking in. They have the opportunities to swap with the Chargers first and then maybe even Minnesota as well.
Ideally, if Jacksonville could swipe two first-round picks, an extra second-rounder and maybe even more, the second-overall pick will easily be worth the most in the draft this year.