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Draft Day Marking a New Beginning for the Jaguars

April, 28th 2011, New York City, the green room of the NFL draft and Blaine Gabbert has been sitting here waiting for his name to be called. Blaine could have been the number one pick this year in the draft. This was not to be as the Carolina Panthers took Cam Newton. Not to be outdone the Tennessee Titans also passed on Blaine and picked Jake Locker from Washington.

Things weren’t looking good for Blaine as the feel seemed to be that he could be on the slide through round one like a few of his predecessors. Blaine would not have to wait much longer as the Jaguars traded up with the Washington Redskins and selected Gabbert at number 10. By selecting the big armed quarterback from Missouri the Jaguars made a commitment for the future of their franchise. While being selected in the top ten does hold a lot of weight for a quarterback, Blaine has room to improve his skills and learn the offense as he will most likely sit his rookie year out behind David Garrard and Trent Edwards.

This will give him a leg up on Newton and Locker as he would only be thrust into competition due to injury. Blaine by all rights has a great NFL arm but needs to work on his skills under center as he worked in the spread offense in college. Look for Blaine to make his impact on this team within 2 years possibly three. For Jaguar fans in doubt of this move just think of the Bengals and the strategy they used with Carson Palmer who sat out his rookie year and then became a Pro Bowl quarterback.

This year’s draft was a great draft to add depth to the team. In the second round the Jags selected a guard center hybrid in Will Rackley. Rackley is a 6’3” 309 pound people mover out of Lehigh. In college Rackley played left tackle and right guard but was thought to be better as an interior linemen at the pro level.

Rackley started 45 of 46 career games for Lehigh and helped the school to its first postseason appearances, he was also a three time all patriot league first team member. Rackley graded 85 percent for blocking consistency with 300 career knockdowns a 6.67 per game average and was responsible for 35 touchdown creating blocks. This is definitely a lineman who earned his due in college and the respect of the Jags front office. While he may not start his rookie year he should have a definite impact as a reserve for the team.

In the third round the Jags would select a quick footed sure handed wide out/kick returner from Mount Union by the name of Cecil Shorts III. Cecil has the blood of a winner as he played in 4 division 3 national championship games. Cecil also saw time a QB and DB in college. Cecil finished his college career with 63 receiving touchdowns, which is the school record and ranks 2nd in division three history. Cecil could have an instant impact on the Jags in the return game but don’t question his receiving ability as he played his first two years with Colts wide out Pierre Garcon.

Fourth round selection Chris Pronsinski is a safety from Wyoming and is the first player selected from Wyoming by the Jags. Chris has the ability to play both safety positions and in college ranked fourth in school history with 373 tackles. While he will probably make the team as a special teamer Chris has great athleticism and is a sure tackler who could really help the team against some of the best kick returners in the league.

With the teams fifth and final pick of the 2011 draft the Jags selected cornerback Rod Issac from Middle Tennessee State. This again is a depth adding pick and a possible special team’s player. Issac recorded 189 tackles in college, 12 of which were recorded behind the line of scrimmage. Issac is regarded as a hard hitter as he forced 4 fumbles in his career. Rod did have some ankle troubles in 2008 but the team hopes that he is well passed all this and is ready to help make the team better.

With pieces in place from the past couple of drafts the Jaguars have a great looking foundation for the future as they look to make perennial playoff runs. This is definitely a team that is poised to make noise in the AFC South and in the post season. The end of the lockout is what every team is looking towards but could be the most beneficial to Jacksonville as they prepare to improve on a 2010 season that saw the team narrowly miss knocking off the Indianapolis Colts and a playoff berth, and embark on a very promising 2011 season.

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3 Responses to “Draft Day Marking a New Beginning for the Jaguars”

  1. robert ethan says:

    LOL, you said nothing that hasn’t been said a hundred times before over the last month, except you said it in the most clumsy and inept manner I’ve ever seen. Is English your fourth language or something?

  2. steve spooner says:

    This is my first entry for the site. Is the info and subject dated? Yes,but I had to start of somewhere. My question is did you read the whole thing or just the part about Blaine Gabbert? I will have more pieces coming that express my opinions and views of the team. While I respect criticism please remember I am new at this.

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