Grade : C+
The Jaguars needed a QB and according to sportsonearth.com they identified Blake Bortles as the man they wanted as early as last October.
With the number three pick they went out and got their guy. They followed it up by getting Bortles some playmakers to throw the ball to.
They snapped up Marqise Lee with pick number 39. Lee was unlucky to fall outside of
round one after poor USC quarterback play led to struggles in 2013. Getting him at pick 39 is a steal. The Jaguars then paired Lee up with Allen Robinson out of Penn State.
Robinson is a technically polished player who fits the prototypical idea of a wide receiver. He lacks elite speed though and struggles to make yards after the catch if he doesn't receive the ball in space. For Robinson to be successful in the NFL the Jaguars are going to have to play to his strengths.
After three picks things look good. There is a certain logic to them. Many people are really high on the Jaguars draft but I'm not one of them. It isn't even because, I think Bortles is overrated. It is because, the offensive line put in front of him isn't going to allow him to get the job done.
Profootball ranked the Jaguars O-line as the 29th worst in the NFL. Nothing has been done to change this. If anything things have gotten worse. Solid centre Brad Meester retired and the Jaguars failed to get center Alex Mack.
Brandon Linder was drafted in the fourth round but looked far from NFL ready in the Senior Bowl and had a poor combine. The only bright spot is the return to fitness of 2013's number two overall draft pick Luke Joeckel.
This won't be enough to stop Bortles or Chad Henne getting sacked hard and often. The is especially worrying when you see that the Jaguars schedule includes strong pass rushing defenses like the Texans, Lions and Dolphins.
The offensive line needed to be strengthened in this draft and it just wasn't.
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