2013 NFL Offseason: Jacksonville Jaguars
Draft Grades, Season Previews, Team Needs, Free Agents
Jacksonville Jaguars (Last Year: 2-14)
2013 NFL Draft Grade: C+
Please note that the overall grade is not an average of all the individual grades. Other things are taken into account like team needs and goals.
Goals Entering the 2013 NFL Draft: Jacksonville has to completely rebuild under new general manager David Caldwell. A franchise quarterback has to be found. The offensive line must be bolstered. The pass rush has to be addressed. The secondary needs help. This is a 2-year project at the very least.
2013 NFL Draft Accomplishments: How could the Jaguars fail to draft a single quarterback? It's seen as inexplicable by most. If you're expecting me to bash general manager David Caldwell for this, well, you've come to the wrong place.
I think it was a brilliant move not to take a signal-caller. By starting either Blaine Gabbert or Chad Henne in 2013, Caldwell has ensured that the Jaguars will finish with one of the worst records in the NFL. This means that they'll be in prime position to select one of the stud quarterbacks next April (go here to see my 2014 NFL Mock Draft). Sure, the fans won't come to the games once Jacksonville starts 1-5, but the future appears bright in 2014 and beyond. Caldwell has amazing foresight.
What I will bash Caldwell for was his selection of Luke Joeckel over Dion Jordan. With $26 million in cap space, the Jaguars could have signed Andre Smith, Tyson Clabo or Eric Winston. There are plenty of right tackles available for a reason - it's not a valued position. Pass-rushers like Dion Jordan, meanwhile, don't grow on trees. Now, I've heard complaints about Joeckel really being a left tackle. He'll play that position if Eugene Monroe isn't re-signed or franchised next spring, but Jacksonville will just be right back where it started. And why wouldn't the front office retain Monroe with all of its money? Monroe is a very good blind-side protector.
I like everything else the Jaguars did, save for drafting Denard Robinson in the middle rounds. Caldwell spent a ton of resources fixing his terrible secondary. That ultimately won't matter in 2013 because Jacksonville still can't get to the quarterback, but as I noted, this was a 2-year rebuilding project. We'll see what Caldwell does next spring.
2013 NFL Draft Individual Grades:
2. Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M: D Grade
This is disastrous and embarrassing for Jacksonville. As one league contact told us, it would be "foolish" for the Jaguars to take Joeckel. Why? Because right tackle is not a valued position. Just look at the available right tackles in free agency. Andre Smith, Eric Winston and Tyson Clabo are just sitting there. The Jaguars have tons of money (about $26 million in cap space), so why not just sign one of those right tackles and select an elite pass-rusher instead? Joeckel makes zero sense, and the only thing saving this from being a "Millen" grade is that Joeckel isn't a reach.
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33. Johnathan Cyprien, S, Florida International: B Grade
This is a solid pick. Johnathan Cyprien was considered a first-round prospect by some. He fills a big need in Jacksonville's defense, as the team's current safeties are Dwight Lowery and Chris Prosinski. You have to wonder what they're going to do a quarterback though. The fans are not going to be sold on Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne.
64. Dwayne Gratz, CB, Connecticut: C Grade
The Jaguars needed a cornerback, so going to Connecticut for one made sense. But the guy they probably should have drafted was Blidi Wreh-Wilson. Dwayne Gratz is considered an inferior prospect compared to his teammate. And once again, where's the quarterback? Will anyone go to Jaguar games with Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne at quarterback?
101. Ace Sanders, WR, South Carolina: B Grade
The Jaguars don't have a quarterback who can get him the ball yet, but Ace Sanders should be a solid slot receiver in the future. He can also impact in the return game. He was projected to go in the fourth round.
135. Denard Robinson, RB/WR/KR, Michigan: C Grade
Denard Robinson could be useful as a kick returner, but he probably won't offer much else. This seems like a bit of a wasted pick, but it's the fifth round, so why not?
169. Josh Evans, S, Florida: A- Grade
This is Jacksonville's second safety, but that's something that was needed because of the lacking depth there. Josh Evans could have been a fourth-rounder, so this is good value for him.
208. Jeremy Harris, CB, New Mexico State: B Grade
A second cornerback for the Jaguars, who really need help at the position. Jeremy Harris fits the range and makes sense as a tall corner, which is something that Gus Bradley really likes.
210. Demetrius McCray, CB, Appalachian State: B+ Grade
And a third cornerback? Well, I guess the Jaguars are really hoping that one of these guys pans out. I like Demetrius McCray more than Jeremy Harris. Both are in the 6-foot-1, 6-foot-2 range.
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Jacksonville's season was doomed before it started. Members of the front office doubted Gene Smith's decision to anoint Blaine Gabbert as the franchise quarterback. Smith and his supporters, meanwhile, stubbornly maintained that Gabbert was the long-term answer. Well, that stubbornness cost Smith his job. The Jaguars now have to find a new solution at the quarterback position, all while filling tons of other needs that Smith created as a result of poor drafting and irresponsible spending in the free-agent market.
- Quarterback: It was obvious last year that Blaine Gabbert was a lemon. Given his fear of getting hit, sub-par football IQ and poor attitude, he was destined to fail. It's obvious that Jacksonville needs to find a franchise quarterback. Tim Tebow has been linked to the team, and despite homoclitic ESPN groupthink, he would be a massive upgrade.
- Defensive End: Jacksonville had the fewest sacks in the NFL this past season. Jeremy Mincey had a down year, while second-round rookie Andre Branch seems to be yet another Gene Smith bust. Jason Babin was added during the season and actually looked pretty decent in brief action, but the Jaguars can't bank on him. Dion Jordan will probably be heavily considered at No. 2 overall in the 2013 NFL Draft.
- Cornerback: There seems to be something wrong with every Jacksonville cornerback. Derek Cox is gone. Aaron Ross left as well. Rashean Mathis is old. William Middleton hit the market. Sixth-round rookie Mike Harris played decently until Tom Brady exposed him in Week 16. The new front office needs to find a new No. 1 cornerback. Signed Alan Ball and Marcus Trufant
- Strong Safety: The pedestrian Dawan Landry was released.
- Right Tackle: Cameron Bradfield was overmatched this year. The Jaguars need need to find an upgrade, especially if the left-handed Tim Tebow will be their new quarterback.
- Two Outside Linebackers: It'll definitely be two if Daryl Smith leaves via free agency. Julian Stanford and Russell Allen were both terrible as the two Jacksonville outside linebackers this season. Jarvis Jones is currently the favorite to be the second pick in April's draft, but a lot can change in the next four months. Signed Geno Hayes
- Left Guard: Eben Britton was benched this past season, and replacement Mike Brewster wasn't much better. A mid-round pick should be used on interior line depth.
- Defensive Tackle: Terrance Knighton is a free agent, while Tyson Alualu has never played like more than the second-round prospect he was billed as coming out of college. C.J. Mosley, who replaced Knighton in the starting lineup, was decent in run support, but Jacksonville has to find an interior pass-rushing presence to boost its pathetic sack total. Signed Roy Miller and Sen'Derrick Marks
- Center: Brad Meester says he wants to play next year, but he's coming off a poor 2012 campaign. At 36, Meester's talents have eroded, so Jacksonville needs to bring in a successor unless it thinks that Brewster can handle the job. Re-signed Brad Meester
- Wide Receiver: The Jaguars have two very good starting wideouts, but they desperately need depth behind them. Laurent Robinson was cut. Signed Mohamed Massaquoi
- Running Back: Will the new front office be comfortable with Jalen Parmele, Montell Owens and Keith Toston vying for the No. 2 running back job? I wouldn't be. Signed Justin Forsett
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2013 NFL Free Agent Signings:
Roy Miller, DT, Buccaneers. Age: 26.
Signed with Jaguars
Roy Miller doesn't offer anything as a pass-rusher, but he's a primary reason why the Buccaneers had one of the league's top run defenses in 2012.
SenDerrick Marks, DT, Titans. Age: 26.
Signed with Jaguars (1 year)
SenDerrick Marks isn't particularly good at anything, but he's not really bad at anything either. He's a serviceable spot starter.
- Alan Ball, CB, Texans. Age: 28. -- Signed with Jaguars
- Mohamed Massaquoi, WR, Browns. Age: 26. -- Signed with Jaguars (2 years)
- Marcus Trufant, CB, Seahawks. Age: 32. -- Signed with Jaguars
- Justin Forsett, RB, Texans. Age: 27. -- Signed with Jaguars
- Geno Hayes, OLB, Bears. Age: 26. -- Signed with Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars Free Agents:
Salary Cap: TBA.
Greg Jones, FB, Jaguars. Age: 32.
Signed with Texans (1 year)
Greg Jones has been one of the top run-blocking fullbacks in the NFL, but at 32 (in May), his best days are behind him.
Daryl Smith, OLB, Jaguars. Age: 31.
Daryl Smith has never received much attention from the media, but he's been one of the top 4-3 outside linebackers in the NFL over the years. Unfortunately, he played in just two games this season because of a groin injury, and he'll be 31 in March, so his skills are in the process of eroding.
Derek Cox, CB, Jaguars. Age: 26.
Signed with Chargers
Derek Cox would be ranked much higher if he were reliable. He's a talented cornerback, but he's missed 14 games in the past two seasons. The Jaguars have to be so frustrated with his inability to stay healthy.
Jalen Parmele, RB, Jaguars. Age: 26.
Signed with Titans
Jalen Parmele didn't look half-bad in two brief stints against the Texans and Titans, rushing for a combined 125 yards on 32 carries. Unfortunately, he tore his groin in the latter contest, so we haven't seen much of him.
Terrance Knighton, NT, Jaguars. Age: 27.
Signed with Broncos (2 years)
It's rare to see a 330-pound nose tackle struggle in run support, but that's why Terrance Knighton was benched in favor of C.J. Mosley back in October. He still played an ample amount though.
C.J. Mosley, DT, Jaguars. Age: 30.
Signed with Lions
C.J. Mosley was released by the Jaguars because he was owed about $2.5 million and didn't fit Gus Bradley's system. Mosley is a stout run-defender, but doesn't offer any pass-rushing ability.
Laurent Robinson, WR, Jaguars. Age: 28.
Laurent Robinson has been medically cleared to play following his multiple concussions. With that being the case, he deserves a spot on a roster to compete for a No. 2 role. Teams need to be cautious, however, given Robinson's extensive injury history.
Dawan Landry, S, Jaguars. Age: 30.
Signed with Jets
Dawan Landry is a pretty mediocre safety who is decent in run support. He's not a massive liability, but he probably shouldn't be a starter.
- Aaron Ross, CB, Jaguars. Age: 30. -- Signed with Giants
- William Middleton, CB, Jaguars. Age: 27.
- Rashad Jennings, RB, Jaguars. Age: 28. -- Signed with Raiders
- Brad Meester, C, Jaguars. Age: 36. -- Re-signed with Jaguars (1 year)
- Eben Britton, G, Jaguars. Age: 25. -- Signed with Bears
- George Selvie, DE, Jaguars. Age: 26. -- Signed with Buccaneers
- Zach Potter, TE, Jaguars. Age: 27.
- Rashean Mathis, CB, Jaguars. Age: 33.
- Guy Whimper, OT, Jaguars. Age: 30. -- Signed with Steelers
- Brock Bolen (RFA), FB, Jaguars. Age: 28.
- Steve Vallos, G, Jaguars. Age: 29.
- Jordan Palmer, QB, Jaguars. Age: 29.
- John Parker Wilson, QB, Jaguars. Age: 27. -- Claimed by Steelers
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