Most Interesting Development Of Day Two
By Cody Roche
The second day of the 2014 NFL draft showed a lot of interesting moves. Jimmy Garoppolo to the Patriots was certainly a surprising pick, and Louis Nix III falling to the third round was also a shock. However, the one team that I felt really helped itself today was Jacksonville.
The Jags surprised the league by taking Blake Bortles third overall, passing over Sammy Watkins and Khalil Mack in the process. With their new franchise quarterback in tow, they then spent the seventh pick in the second round on Marqise Lee, a wideout who many figured a month ago would go in the top 15. Lee is a shifty and dynamic wideout in the vein of Antonio Brown. Lee is a legitimate wide receiver who figures to start instantly for the Jaguars.
The Jags weren’t done, as they traded a third and fifth to the 49ers to get back into the second round and grab Allen Robinson. Robinson was severely underrated throughout the draft process. The 6-foot-3 receiver from Penn State ran a 4.47 at his Pro Day and had 97 catches his senior year. He is a physical, big-bodied wideout who wins a ton of jump balls and isn’t afraid to go over the middle. Robinson and Lee were both speculated to be first round picks and the fact that Jacksonville got them both in the second round was impressive.
Jacksonville GM Dave Caldwell wasn’t done on Day 2 as he traded a fourth and sixth to the Patriots to get back into the third round, where the Jaguars selected guard Brandon Linder from Miami. Linder will slide in and team up with newly signed guard Zane Beadles to give the Jaguars a stout foundation in the middle of their o-line.
Adding these four players in the first three rounds to build around Cecil Shorts, Ace Sanders and Marcedes Lewis could give the Jags an explosive young offense. Much credit needs to be given to Caldwell for his aggressive moves and attempt at giving Jacksonville a respectable passing game, one that it hasn’t had since Mark Brunell was throwing to Jimmy Smith.