It's taken five years, playoff-free seasons, and countless losses, but at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday,…
Grading The Jacksonville Jaguars Draft
1 (21) Matt Jones; WR - Arkansas
2 (52) Khalif Barnes; OT - Washington
3 (87) Scott Starks; CB - Wisconsin
4 (127) Alvin Pearman; RB - Virginia
5 (157) Gerald Sensabaugh; S - North Carolina
6 (185) Chad Owens; WR - Hawaii
6 (194) Patrick Thomas; OLB - North Carolina State
7( 237) Chris Roberson; CB - Eastern Michigan
Analysis: While tremendously gifted, Jones at the 21st selection in the draft is extremely questionable and does not equate when there were quality players on the board who would have helped the Jaguars needs at cornerback and defensive end. A tremendous athlete, Jones has been a fast riser on draft boards due to ability displayed in workouts. Combining great size, speed, and strength, Jones potentially could grow into the tight-end position, but has no desire to block at the tight-end spot and Jones is expected to be a wide receiver in Jacksonville in 2005.
Khalif Barnes could prove to be a steal for the Jaguars with the 52nd selection in the draft. Many scouts rated Barnes as a first-round talent and the jury is out on why he slipped into the second round. A good pass blocker, Barnes will need to add weight and strength to his frame to become a consistent tackle at the professional level, but will have the time and opportunity to further develop behind Mike Pearson and Maurice Williams. Barnes could see some action at guard to speed up his progress.
Starks has the opportunity to step in and help the Jacksonville defense. Void of overall depth at cornerback, the Jaguars had to look to the draft for help in this area. With numerous cornerbacks on the board earlier in the draft, it is surprising they waited until the third round to select a corner. Starks is a smallish cornerback who has had problems with receivers muscling him, but has show the ability to recover in coverage and is adequate manning up on a receiver.
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