Daryl Smith, Tony Brackens, Greg Jones and Rashean Mathis all had nice careers with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
All four players were taken in the second round of the draft. While premiere players are supposed to be found in the first round of the NFL Draft, there are many gems that are found in the second 32 choices of the selection process. The Jaguars will hope that happens again when it uses its 33rd pick hopefully on a difference maker.
The second overall pick should be used for a defensive starter who can rush the passer, stop the run and create havoc during the game. The second Jaguars’ pick however is the one that could tell us everything about the season forthcoming.
Does the team take a swipe at a quarterback, maybe Matt Barkley of Southern Cal or maybe an offensive linemen like Justin Pugh of Syracuse or Oregon’s Kyle Long. There is really little magin for error.
But the Jaguars do have to make a solid choice. For every Brett Favre (taken in the second round by Atlanta) there are 500 Eric Bieniemy’s. The Jaguars would love to have a Favre on their roster, but a slight duplicate would be welcomed as well.
But quarterback should not be the focus of the second round pick, solely.
If the Jaguars can find their pass rush help with either Dion Jordan, Ezekiel Ansah or maybe Star Lotulelei than they can relax a bit and focus on repairing the offensive line with a solid second-tier tackle for the right side.
If the Jaguars decide they want to trade out of the second overall selection, another second round pick could be part of the package, which would give the team more options, which could lead to the team taking a chance on EJ Manuel of FSU, Ryan Nassib of Syracuse or Matt Barkley.
More possibilities means more chance for improvement.