Snap Judgment on Jaguars Picks (Rounds 1-3)

Editor-in-Chief
Posted Apr 27, 2009
Charlie Bernstein


Anyone who knows the NFL is fully aware that a draft cannot accurately be graded until at least three years following draft day. That said, we are going to give our opinion on each of the Jaguars picks. Here are the first three rounds.

First round (#8 overall)- Eugene Monroe, OT, Virginia

Initial thoughts: We love the pick, Monroe wasn’t supposed to be available and he can be a legitimate fixture at the left tackle position for years to come.

Value: A+ Monroe is a truly gifted football player who could’ve legitimately been a top three draft pick. For the Jaguars to get him at pick #8 is an absolute steal.

After further review:
We love the pick even more. Offensive tackles aren’t “sexy” picks that get most fans excited, but they are necessary to have a productive offense.


Second round (#39 overall)- Eben Britton, OT, Arizona

Initial thoughts: We were hoping that USC linebacker Rey Maualuga would’ve been available, but the Cincinnati Bengals snatched him up just one pick earlier. Britton is still a very solid player who will likely push Tony Pashos out the door sooner rather than later.

Value:
A- Britton was projected by many to be a first-round pick, and to get him in round two would represent solid value. The only player that would’ve been a greater value pick was Everette Brown.

After further review:
In Britton and Monroe, the Jaguars believe they have a set of bookends for the next 10 years, and it will certainly be interesting to see where each will fit in to the starting lineup this season.



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Third round (#72 overall)- Terrance Knighton, DT, Temple

Initial thoughts: We heard of Knighton, but we felt that the third round may have been a little early for him.

Value: D Knighton could turn out to be a very good player, but it’s very likely that he could’ve been around later in the draft, as he didn’t receive a ton of interest during the scouting process.

After further review: The scouting reports say that Knighton can play, and the Jaguars believe that he is the last defensive tackle that was available who could be an immediate starter. We will see.



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Third round (#73 overall)- Derek Cox, CB, William & Mary

Initial thoughts:
We knew the Jaguars were high on Cox, but not quite that high. They believe that he is a fantastic player who can help out in special teams as well as corner.

Value:
D- The Jags traded a second-round pick for a player from the CAA conference that wasn’t on very many mock drafts. Lots of pressure.

After further review:
If he can start immediately and play well it will be a solid pick. Still, we believe that the better route to go would have been to select him with the 72nd pick and then take your chances on whether or not Knighton would have been available in round four.



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