2008 JagNation Draft Review and Links

2008 JagNation Draft Review and Links

UPDATED: 04/28/08 3PM - All of the draft information for the Jaguars in one place

1-8
Derrick Harvey, DE, Florida
Getting To Know:  Derrick Harvey
Jaguars Select Harvey
Jaguars Grab Harvey at #8 (UF)
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2-52
Quentin Groves, DE, Auburn
Jaguars Select Groves
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5-155
Thomas Williams, LB, USC
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5-159
Trae Williams, CB, South Florida
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7-213
Chauncey Washington, RB, USC
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Undrafted Free Agents
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Unlike in years past, the Jaguars opted for quality over quantity in this weekend's NFL draft, as they maneuvered up to address their pass rushing needs by selecting Derrick Harvey in round one and Quentin Groves in round two. Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio talked about addressing his team's most pressing need—

"That was a position we were not able to address in free agency. We got a good start on it this weekend."

In what was considered by many to be an especially weak draft class, the Jaguars did what perceived title contenders should do, trade up to get an impact player as opposed to loading up the already loaded back of the roster. General manager James "Shack" Harris spoke about the minimal impact of what his team relinquished--

"With our roster, we're not sure they [third-round picks] could make the team."

As far the compensation the Jaguars gave up, they certainly appeared to get the better of the deal, as noted in detail in this exclusive JagNation article: http://jac.scout.com/2/750447.html

"This wasn't one we envisioned," Jacksonville coach Jack Del Rio said. "We didn't think we had enough ammo to get into the top 10. We weren't going to give up our whole draft. We think (Harvey) is a perfect fit for us. It makes sense for us."

Due to the lack of total selections, this Jaguars draft class will be judged almost entirely upon the performance of the first two picks, Harvey and Groves. If the coaching staff's excitement is any indication of how their first-round pick will perform, great things will be expected. "He's going to grow into a 280, 285-pound body," said Jack Del Rio. "He's got tremendous closure on the quarterback. He's played his best football in big games,"

As for the Jaguars second-round pick Quentin Groves, he was an extremely active and productive player while at Auburn University, and he appears happy to be in Jacksonville. "I think it's an ideal situation and it's a situation that I like being in," said the Jaguars second-round pick. "I wouldn't have wanted to go to a team that doesn't consider themselves a contender. The Jaguars and Coach Del Rio have built a great franchise. They were a couple plays away last year from going to the Super Bowl. I think it just makes us more hungry and makes us want to come in and work a little bit harder. I can't let down my teammates. If their mindset is the Super Bowl then mine is too."

The Jaguars had three "other" selections during Sunday's draft, and they picked USC reserve linebacker Thomas Williams, University of South Florida nickel corner Trae Williams, and USC running back Chauncey Washington, who was part of a platoon at running back while with the Trojans. None of the three are expected to make enormous impacts with the team, but they will all have opportunities to earn a roster spot, as the Jaguars haven't shied away from playing late-round picks when the real bullets fly.

by: Charlie Bernstein, Editor-in-Chief, JagNation.com

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