Jaguars Picks: A Closer Look
Quentin Groves (Michael Conroy/AP)
Quentin Groves (Michael Conroy/AP)

Posted Apr 28, 2008


A closer look at the Jaguars draft picks and why the Jaguars picked them.

Round 1/8 -- Derrick Harvey, DE, 6-5, 271, Florida

The Jaguars had targeted Harvey but didn't think they could find a reasonable offer in order to move up in the draft and grab the Gators defensive end. This may have been a higher selection than what most envisioned for Harvey, but the Ravens were the only team that agreed to deal with the Jaguars and they had to take Harvey with this pick. He's the ideal mold of a DE and the Jaguars envision him getting even bigger at 280-285. Harvey's strength? "Pass rush, it's always pass rush. I'm a solid run player but I'm a pass rusher." And that answers the question why the Jaguars took the steps they did to select him.


Round 2/52 -- Quentin Groves, DE, 6-3, 259, Auburn

Don't assume that Groves will get lost behind the hype directed toward Harvey. His career numbers at Auburn included 120 tackles, 26 sacks and 36 tackles for loss, not to mention 8 forced fumbles and 38 quarterback pressures. He's known as an active, disruptive type player who has the versatility that he can play down as a DE or can stand up from there and help protect against the pass. Groves missed four starts in his senior season but it was because of dislocated toes, an injury that's now behind him. Groves has also had off-the-field issues but has said those are a non-factor in his current play.


Round 5/155 -- Thomas Williams, OLB, 6-1, 238, Southern California

It's rare when a team's fourth best linebacker can be drafted in the fifth round of the draft but that's the case with Williams. He couldn't crack the starting lineup but he saw enough action to impress the Jaguars brass, including Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio, a former Trojans linebacker himself. Williams is a solid player who will give the team solid play as a special teams player. He won't crack the Jaguars starting trio which is solid, but he could move into a backup spot.


Round 5/159 -- Trae Williams, CB, 5-9, 193, South Florida

He was overshadowed by teammate Mike Jenkins who went in the first round to Dallas. Williams ranks second in the school's all-time list for career interceptions with 16 including 219 return yards and four TDs on those thefts. In his junior season Williams was named the team's defensive player of the year and was named to the All-Big East second-team. The Jaguars like his athletic ability and will look to him for depth in their secondary and to play a key role on special teams.


Round 7/213 -- Chauncey Washington, RB, 5-11, 215, Southern California

Washington didn't live up to the standards of other notable USC running backs, but in 31 games he gained 1,778 yards with 19 touchdowns. He's stocky, built along the lines of Jaguars' Maurice Jones-Drew who's had two productive seasons with the Jags. Washington is bigger and will be given plenty of opportunities to make the squad and be groomed as an eventual replacement for Jones-Drew who in the next couple of years will likely replace Fred Taylor as the team's featured back.



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