The Kansas City Chiefs are going offensive line with the 1st pick in this month’s NBA draft. The Jacksonville Jaguars have been desperate to move out of the 2nd spot, but apparently haven’t found a taker. New Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell told the Times-Union he’s down to two players. He didn’t name them, and it could be another smokescreen, but here’s my guess:
Dion Jordan, the Oregon defensive end or Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah, the BYU defensive end.
Why not Jarvis Jones? As much as I loved him in college, his Pro Day was a disaster, and now he’s being labeled as a guy whose “production” in college was impressive, but his “tape” tells another story. [This was discussed on my podcast with Todd McShay.]
Why not Florida’s Shariff Floyd? I suppose he’s in the mix too, but he’s a tougher read because the question becomes whether or not the Jaguars will be using a 3-4 or 4-3 defense. Also, Jacksonville really only had three significant offseason acquisitions, a cornerback (Alan Ball), an outside linebacker (Geno Hayes) and a defensive tackle (Roy Miller). The Jaguars were last – by far – in the NFL in sacks in 2012 with 20. JJ Watt of the Texas had 20.5.
So if Geno Smith of West Virginia doesn’t get drafted 2nd overall, how far does he fall? This will be the biggest piece of intrigue – well, besides Manti T’eo – during the first two days of the draft.
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