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Florida Times-Union reporter Michael C. Wright covers the ins and outs of the Jacksonville Jaguars. In this blog, he'll share behind-the-scenes anecdotes not published within the pages of the T-U, in addition to offering up incessant ramblings about nothing such as road trips, crummy hotels and not-so-delicious press box food. Perhaps he'll even delve into serious discussions about NFL issues. So ask questions, participate in conversations, or just learn more about the Jags.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Jags nab two pass rushers

Wow, looks like the Jaguars are seriously committed to shoring up the pass rush. They just picked up Auburn's Quentin Groves w/their second-round pick. Looks like there will be a little competition at DE.

Competition is what makes us better," said James "Shack" Harris, Jags vice president of player personnel.

The Jags gave up a fifth- and a seventh-round pick in 2009 to move into position to draft Groves. That means the club has just two picks (fifth rounds, No. 143 overall and 159) remaining for Sunday. Based on the wheeling and dealing of this draft, there's a chance the club could make a move to acquire more picks (by trading a veteran).

"There are a lot of different ways this afternoon could've unfolded," Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio said. "We brought in an aggressive mentality today."

The Jags entered the day with eight picks - a first, a second, two thirds, a fourth and three fifth rounders - and finish the day with a potential three-man draft class. Interesting. Very interesting.

"This is a weight off my shoulders," Groves said as he celebrated from his family's home in Mississippi. "I think they've added a couple of great players with me and Derrick [Harvey]."

6 Comments:

Anonymous Morgan said...

I hope both will produce because the Jags put a lot into getting them. Were the Jaguars to take Tommy Blake (and Blake be a productive player), I would be converted to a season ticket holder.

April 26, 2008 at 7:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Check out this interview of Quenten Groves from before last season. Seems like an interesting and well spoken young man. http://chrisvernon.blogspot.com/2007/07/quentin-groves-is-probably-my-favorite.html

April 26, 2008 at 7:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm no math whiz, but a first, a second, two thirds and three fifths don't equal eight picks (1+1+2+3=7)_.

April 26, 2008 at 8:29 PM  
Blogger Michael C. Wright said...

You're right. I left out the fourth-round pick. I'll change that, though.

April 26, 2008 at 8:38 PM  
Anonymous adam said...

Morgan, are you the same guy that would buy tickets if they got rid of leftwich?

April 26, 2008 at 8:55 PM  
Anonymous morgan said...

No, but I have always liked Garrard better. I tend to like the players who don't always get the spotlight though, such as Garrard, G.Jones, or D.Smith.

On the draft though, I hope they keep with the aggresive mentality and make a move to get a Henderson/Stroud-like DT. Tough, hardnosed, and eager to learn. Blake seems like the perfect mold, but that's what these guys get paid to do so I'm behind them on whatever decision they make.

April 26, 2008 at 10:29 PM  

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