Jaguars Gab Grades the Teams Picks in the 2011 Draft

By Abe Munch

1st- Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri
2nd- William Rackley, OG, Lehigh
4th- Cecil Shorts, WR, Mount Union
4th- Chris Prosinski, S, Wyoming
5th- Rod Issac, CB, Middle Tennessee State

Synopsis: General manager Gene Smith has done a solid job the past three seasons building up the Jaguars offensive and defensive lines. He tends to target players from schools most people have never heard of. Sometimes it works out well, other times it looks like he’s trying too hard to find a diamond in the rough. This year the front office decided to bring in what they hope is a long term answer at the quarterback position in Blaine Gabbert.

Best Selection: Cecil Shorts. Shorts has excellent speed and can flat out fly down the field. He also shows good open field agility to make defenders miss. His route running is solid, and he was asked to run most of the NFL routes at Mount Union College. Indianapolis Colts receiver Pierre Garcon also played at Mount Union.

Biggest Risk:
Blaine Gabbert. After studying a handful of games on Gabbert over two seasons, I came away disappointed. He looks the part and has the physical tools but lacks pocket presence and instincts. He’s very indecisive when forced to make a decision with bodies around and struggles with deep accuracy. Statistically, Gabbert was a middle of the pack quarterback even though he played in a passer friendly system. He has the benefit of sitting and learning the system behind David Garrard.

Sleeper: William Rackley. Nobody has probably heard of Lehigh University, but Rackley was a standout player in the Patriot League. He has very good size and toughness for the NFL and shows the skills necessary to be a long term starter.

Grade: C+

The Jaguars opted to trade away picks for their quarterback of the future, but failed to address the front seven on defense. And while they addressed the secondary with their later picks, both Chris Prosinski and Rod Issac are developmental players that likely won’t contribute much on defense this year. William Rackley and Cecil Shorts should have an early impact. Blaine Gabbert makes or breaks this draft class and will determine Jacksonville’s long term success.

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