Jaguars Draft Summary - Day One
Eugene Monroe (Getty Images)
Eugene Monroe (Getty Images)
Posted Apr 26, 2009
Charlie Bernstein

The Jaguars made a statement during the first day of the 2009 draft as they went away from the “sexy” picks that were available to them. Instead they opted to rebuild from the inside out and did it in a big way with both Eugene Monroe and Eben Britton.

Monroe and Britton signify a new era in Jaguars football which the team has chosen to avoid boom or bust picks and go with the “base hit” type of selections. Not a strategy that will immediately sell tickets, but one that could ensure a return to winning in Jacksonville.

Eugene Monroe was expected by many to be taken long before the Jaguars went on the clock at eight, but a set of circumstances that involved Tyson Jackson being selected at pick number three by Kansas City and Darrius Heyward-Bey being selected at pick number seven by Oakland allowed some top-tiered talent to be available at the Jaguars selection. NFL Expert Tom Marino had Monroe rated at the very top of his draft board, while NFL Draft Expert Chris Steuber had the big Virginia tackle ranked fourth overall.

The pick of Eben Britton shows the Jaguars are serious about building a solid foundation for quarterback David Garrard, so they can truly evaluate how much longer he can be the team’s leader behind center. Britton should compete right away for the starting right tackle job, while Monroe will likely start at guard.

Overall, the Jaguars made a couple very solid, low-risk types of picks that should pan out for the future. There was no trading up and mortgaging the rest of their draft, just solid, some would say boring, but likely some very effective drafting by Gene Smith.

Charlie Bernstein is the Editor-in-Chief of Sports Media Interactive, covering multiple teams in the National Football League, NCAA, and National Basketball Association. Charlie is a regular syndicated contributor to FoxSports and Sirius NFL Radio, and has been featured on the NFL Network. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. Feel free to contact him -HERE- with questions or comments.

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