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Wright On

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.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

NFL Draft a done deal

With the draft now over, we expect to get a list soon of all the Jaguars rookie free agents. So stay tuned for that.

In the meantime, what did you guys think of the draft? What type of a role do you see Derrick Harvey and Quentin Groves playing next year. When you take guys in the top two rounds, there's an expectation for immediate contributions. So it's probably safe to say that Harvey will likely start while Groves should get plenty of playing time.

4 Comments:

Blogger rabbi-philosopher said...

Dan Wetzel; sports columnist from yesterday.
"WINNER: Jacksonville Jaguars

Say this for the Jaguars, they are playing for keeps. Whether they think their window to win with this team is closing soon or they just decided to go for broke and hope New England steps back, Jacksonville made a move for the immediate.
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The Jags lost in the playoffs when Tom Brady sat back and had plenty of time to complete a ridiculous 26 of 28 passes.

That won’t happen again. Not after the Jags traded three picks – two third-round selections and a fourth-rounder – to leap from No. 27 to No. 8 overall, where they took Florida defensive end Derrick Harvey. Then they traded a couple of late-round picks this year and next to get Quentin Groves, a pass rusher out of Auburn, in the second round.

It was a steep price for these guys, but as player personnel director James Harris told the Times-Union, “With our roster, we’re not sure they (third-round picks) could make the team.”

So the Jaguars went and did whatever they could to take care of a most pressing need and position themselves to win this season, whether it is against Peyton Manning in their division or Brady in the playoffs."

April 27, 2008 at 6:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There seems to be this sense that the Jaguars have given up everything for one last run at the Super Bowl before everything falls apart. This is a ridiculous idea. The fact is that this team is very deep and young. Defensive End is a PREMIUM position, and represents the only real weakness on the roster. If things work as the Jags plan, we are set at this premium position into the long term future (without giving a pile of money to an old veteran). I believe the Jags are now on the cusp of 5 or 6 years of being a legitimate Super Bowl contender. Lets enjoy it!

April 28, 2008 at 9:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't believe all the negative press the Jags are getting for this draft. Do people not realize how amazingly they defied the chart to move up to 8th?

April 28, 2008 at 1:13 PM  
Blogger Michael C. Wright said...

You're correct. I don't think people realize how much of a steal the deal was for the Jags. Jack Del Rio told me on Sunday that he's getting criticism from both sides. He's hearing they gave up too much and he's also hearing, "How did you end up pulling that off?"

Personally, I think the Jags pulled off a heck of a deal.

April 28, 2008 at 1:20 PM  

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