*************2016 NFL DRAFT GRADES************

1.5 Jalen Ramsey, CB, FSU

I don't love Ramsey like others do, but in this poor draft he was the best corner prospect, and overall a very good piece. The Jags walk away instantly better.

A

2.36 Myles Jack, LB, UCLA


The pick of the draft. If the Jags had taken Jack at 5 nobody would have given them any grief outside of 'potential' injury. To get him a round later is a pure steal, and the Jags have a great draft.

A+++

3.69 Yannick Ngakoue, DE, Maryland

Another great pick. Good value, adds good depth, and a good value.

A

4.103 Sheldon Day, DT, Notre Dame

How Day was available is unreal. Another GIANT steal.

OVERALL GRADE: A++

This is arguably the best draft I've seen. The Jags walked away with four defensive starters, two of which could contend for DROY. Two years from now I expect these four players to be just part of the best young defense in the league.

*************2015 NFL DRAFT GRADES************

1.3 Dante Fowler, DE/LB, Florida

A lot of teams had Fowler as the best defensive player in the draft and it makes sense. He doesn't have a million sacks, but he is a spectacular edge rusher that fits the team perfectly. They fill their biggest need with arguably the 2nd best player in the draft.

A

2.36 TJ Yeldon, RB, Alabama

This is definitely a tad early for Yeldon, but he is a strong runner with good potential. 

B

3.6 A.J Cann, OG, South Carolina

The Jags are nailing down solid talent here and an upgrade at guard is great.

B+

4.104 James Sample, S, Louisville

5.139 Rashad Greene, WR, FSU

6.180 Michael Bennett, DT, Ohio State

7.220 Neal Sterling, WR, Monmouth

7.229 Ben Koyack, TE, Notre Dame

OVERALL GRADE: A+

This is a great draft. The team got 2-3 instant starters and possibly 6 total starters. The defense got clearly better from this draft, and the offense got much better in all stages.

*************2014 NFL DRAFT GRADES************
 

1.3 Blake Bortles, QB, UCF

Great pick. The team gets an instant upgrade at quarterback, but also a guy that they can ease into the starting gig if they want to. At the end of the day football starts with a quarterback, and they haven't had a real one for a very long time.

A

2.39 Marqise Lee, WR, USC

Wow. That's the easiest way for me to explain it. I hope Gene Smith was watching the last few nights as the Jags clearly have learned how to start picking guys. Lee was arguably the 3rd best receiver in the draft, and at his prime could easily be the best guy from the class. Biggest need hits best player available.

A++

2.61 Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State

Wow again. This team clearly understands what they need to do. They got a different taste of receiver to build around Bortles, and statistically one of the two guys they drafted will hit. Again need hits one of the best guys on the board.

A

3.93 Brandon Linder, OG, Miami

Yes and no. I love that the Jags are getting some line help for Bortles, but Linder wasn't the guy. Linder is the kind of depth-monster that could be found in the 5th.

B-

4.114 Aaron Colvin, CB, Oklahoma

Good pick here. 

5.144 Telvin Smith, LB, FSU

How the hell was he still available?

5.159 Chris Smith, DE, Arkansas

Chris Smith was a 3rd round quality pass rusher. Steal

6.205 Luke Bowanko, C, Virginia

7.222 Storm Johnson, RB, UCF

Another steal. Johnson should have stayed another year, but he is a late round stud. He might be the best runner on the team.

OVERALL GRADE: A

Wow. Easy as that. The team got the safest QB in the draft who can actually sit and wait to start. They then got the best route runner in Marquise Lee, a gamechanger in Allen Robinson, depth on their line, three possible defensive starters, and runner that could be the next Alfred Morris. Possibly seven starters from this draft, and four long term ones.


*************2013 NFL DRAFT GRADES************


1.2 Luke Joeckal, OT, TAMU

The Jags are getting a really good left tackle with this pick. Unfortunately the pick will give Blaine Gabbert extra time to locate the most opportunistic safety.

B-

2.33 Jonathan Cyprien, S, FIU

Ignoring the fact that the team has no quarterback, this is a really good pick for a team that needs weapons everywhere.

B+

3.64 Dwayne Gratz, CB, UConn

I like them going with a corner. But unfortunately they got a 5th rounder here. They didn't even get the best corner from UConn.

D-

4.101 Ace Sanders, WR, South Carolina

5.135 Denard Robinson, WR, Michigan


6.169 Josh Evans, S, Florida

7.208 Jeremy Harris, CB, NM State

7.210 Demetrius McCray, CB, Appalachian State


OVERALL GRADE: F-

This is another draft that I just don't get. I don't love the Joeckal pick, but I understand taking a great LT to build a team around, especially given the fact that the team finished in the bottom 30 in terms of QB hits and sacks allowed. But the team could have easily gotten a RT later on in the draft (or in free agency) that would have solidified the line too. 

 Like I said, I'm ok with the Joeckal pick, but I just don't love it, especially since Dion Jordan needed to be the guy. This team finished dead last in sacks last season, and all but four other teams finished with over 50% more sacks, and 8 teams finished with more than double their total number of sacks. And guess what? The team didn't draft a front-seven defensive player at all! That cannot be forgiven. 


The final issue i had was with the rest of the offensive players taken. The team drafted two receivers that I do like, but they needed to find help rushing the ball, especially given the fact that Denard Robinson (one of those two receivers) might have to start at RB if MJD goes down. And finally, why the HELL did this team not draft a QB. I don't care that they got Matt Scott and Jordan Rodgers as UDFA, because they had to commit to one of them even in the 7th round. The team had to commit to something outside of Gabbert and Henne and they failed at that. 

Overall the team found two starters with their two first picks at two of the three positions that were deepest in this draft. Just imagine if the team had walked out with Dion Jordan, Geno Smith, and Terron Armstead with their first three picks? What about Dion Jordan, Cyprien, Armstead and then Matt Barkley with their first four picks? They touch on all of their needs and add the hope that their fans deserve.

 

*************2012 NFL DRAFT GRADES************ 

1.5 Justin Blackmon, WR, OK State

When it is all said and done, Blackmon may have been the perfect pick for the team. He adds a major threat for a young QB, and he gives the team a fighting chance on offense. They had to give up a 4th rounder to do it, but a good pick overall. Statistically speaking pencil in Brian Quick on the next pick...

A-

2.38 Andre Branch, DE, Clemson

I can't complain here. Branch was arguably the best pass rusher, and the team didn't go with a small school reach either. 

B+

3.70 Bryan Anger, P, Cal

I will be the first person to say that drafting punters and kickers in the draft is sometimes a good idea. But you don't EVER severely reach for on to do so. And you don't EVER do it when your team has a lot of other needs. It almost comes off like the Jaguars think that they have so few needs that they could reach on the punter.

Grade: Even Bryan Anger thought it was a bad pick 

5.142 Brandon Marshall, OLB, Nevada

I'm mixed on this pick. The team got a guy that was an ok 5th round pick, but there were much better guys on the board that they could have taken.

B-

6.176 Mike Harris, CB, FSU

7.228 Jeris Pendleton, DT, Ashland


 
OVERALL GRADE: D

Gene Smith needs to be fired. He has gotten to a point where he drafts at the level that Matt Millen used to drive the Lions to the ground. Since he became the official GM in 2009 he hasn't drafted a single pro bowl player. He too often reaches on talent from small schools, and he doesn't understand positional value well. He drafted a very raw Blaine Gabbert and cut the still talented David Garrard, and he is killing the team. 

He started the draft out pretty well by getting talent on both sides of the ball, but then drove the team down a shady path. I am one of the biggest fans of drafting kickers/punters in the draft, but there is no reason to EVER take one in the third round, especially when you have one of the least talented teams in football. Gene smith actually thinks that his team is close to making the playoffs, when they are actually closer to becoming a team in L.A.


 



*************2011 NFL DRAFT GRADES************ 
Picks

 1:10 Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri

It really is funny that the best overall QB in terms of "ready" goes to the team that can sit him. I like the pick, but time will tell whether he is an upgrade over David Garrard.

B+
 
3.76 Will Rackley, OG, Lehigh

A classic Jags pick. Small school guy that fills a need. 

B+

4.114 Cecil Shorts, WR, Mount Union

A small school receiver is a pretty good pick here. The last Mount Union receiver to come out is one of Peyton's favorite targets.

B+ 


4.121 Chris Prosinki, S, Wyoming

Prosinki is a small school guy that has the tools to play corner. He plays safety though because his technique doesn't translate. Way too early to get picked.

C

5.147 Rod Issac, CB, Middle Tennessee

Ok I get the point with the small school guys! Small school talents are great because you can get them a little cheaper than the big name schools, but overly reaching for them is a waste.

Draft Grade: C

Is this really the best the Jags could do? They find a QB for the future, a guard that can start now, a decent receiver, and two small school backups in their DB corps? The team didn't get that much better from the draft for 2011, and I don't know how this pushes the team to the playoffs.