The Jaguars have seven picks in next week's NFL Draft. Find out who we believe they will select in each round.
With there being no consensus, can't miss prospect at seventh-overall the Jaguars will once again go with the "safe pick." Terrance Knighton is in his contract year and also down for the foreseeable future, the Jaguars are concerned with the middle of their defense. Selecting a defensive tackle, which is not a statistically driven position also gives general manager Gene Smith some more rope.
Other alternatives: Quinton Coples, DE, UNC; Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU; Whitney Mercilus, DE, Illinois.
Second Round, 38th Overall- LSU WR, Rueben Randle
The Jaguars are desperate for wide receiver help and they feel Randle is a first round value in the second round. He has size, good speed and hands and the team hopes he can develop into a number one receiver for Blaine Gabbert. Although the team has other needs that can be addressed, they have to learn from last season's debacle at wide receiver and at least give Gabbert a chance to be successful.
Other alternatives: Josh Robinson, CB, UCF; Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers; Marvin Jones, WR, California.
Third Round, 70th Overall- Louisiana Lafayette CB, Dwight Bentley
In today's pass happy NFL, you no longer need one or two legitimate cornerbacks, you really need a minimum of three or four. If Rashean Mathis can come back healthy, the Jaguars will have three, and Dwight Bentley can be the fourth. Bentley had an outstanding Senior Bowl week and he showed an ability to compete with the best receivers in the nation.
Other alternatives: Ben Jones, C, Georgia; Casey Hayward, CB, Vanderbilt; Keleche Osemele, OT, Iowa State.
With Aaron Kampman's health a big question mark the Jaguars would like to find another defensive end to add to their rotation. It's difficult to think that a fourth-round pick could be an immediate starter, if ever, but Johnson is a more refined version of Austen Lane who saw significant time early last season.
Other alternatives: Mike Brewster, C, Ohio State; Michael Egnew, TE, Missouri; T.Y. Hilton, WR, FIU.
With Dwight Lowery back in the fold the Jaguars again have a pair of solid starters at the safety position. Although Dawan Landry was an enormous upgrade over anyone the team had in 2010, he is still far from Pro Bowl caliber. Antonio Allen is a solid fifth round value and the team will have more depth in the back end.
Other alternatives: Josh Norman, CB, Coastal Carolina; Jaye Howard, DT, Florida; Junior Hemingway, WR, Michigan.
If the Jaguars selected a wide receiver in every round of this draft, most of their fans probably wouldn't mind. Devon Wylie is a smaller guy, from the Mike Thomas mold and he can likely challenge Thomas for his job in about a year. Wylie is quicker than he is fast, but he will go over the middle and is an explosive punt return man.
Other alternatives: Davin Meggett, RB, Maryland; James Hanna, TE, Oklahoma; Keith Tandy, CB, West Virginia.
Seventh Round, 228th Overall- Georgia P, Drew Butler
The Jaguars would like someone to win the punting job this season instead of last year's revolving door. Preferably, they'd like someone younger like Butler and he will be given every opportunity to win the position.
Other alternatives: Travis Lewis, LB, Oklahoma; Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State; B.J. Cunningham, WR, Michigan State.
Charlie Bernstein is the NFL Insider for ESPNFlorida.com and ESPN 1080 and 1040 in Orlando/Tampa and Editor-in-Chief of Sports Media Interactive, covering the National Football League, NCAA, and National Basketball Association. Charlie covers the Jacksonville Jaguars for FoxSports and has been featured on the NFL Network and Sirius NFL Radio. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. You can follow Charlie on Twitter @nflcharlie