Gene Smith talked in his press conference after selecting Blaine Gabbert that he often has a scout’s mentality when it comes to parting with picks. It takes rare circumstances like a highly rated player like Gabbert slipping to within reach for him to pull the trigger and sacrifice draft picks for a player. In most cases, he covets draft picks and tries to accumulate them.
With that in mind, it seems like a doubtful scenario that Gene Smith would sacrifice more of his draft picks to acquire a pick in the second round. The most likely scenario is that the Jaguars next pick will in fact be at pick 80. Here are a few candidates the Jaguars could select today:
Rahim Moore, S, UCLA
The likelihood of Moore slipping to the third round is probably slim, but it’s certainly a position of need. Moore might be a third round talent in some drafts, but the crop of safeties is so poor in 2011 that Moore is the consensus best safety on the board and could be taken earlier than his talent actually dictates.
Allen Bailey, DE, Miami (FL)
The Jaguars were reportedly interested in larger defensive ends in the first round prior to selecting Gabbert. With that in mind, a large defensive end like Allen Bailey could be a target for the Jaguars. At 6’3, 285 and a 4.71 40 time, Bailey has the athleticism necessary to be a starting, every down DE in the NFL, but his lack of collegiate production is the reason he could be available when the Jaguars are on the clock.
Ben Ijalana, G, Villanova
I doubt it would be a very popular pick if the Jaguars went with another offensive pick with their next selection, but Ijalana would represent great value if available in the 3rd round. The versatile lineman could start right away on the interior of the offensive line or even play right tackle, if necessary.
Davon House, CB, New Mexico State
Quality cornerbacks that could find themselves in the starting lineup are still on the board and the Jaguars could come away with one. House has starting size (6’1, 200) and speed (4.37) coupled with solid production at NMSU, where he accumulated 11 interceptions during his college career.
Martez Wilson, LB, Illinois
Right now the starting linebackers in 2011 are scheduled to be Jacob Cutrera, Daryl Smith and Russell Allen. They’re also not expected resign Justin Durant. Kirk Morrison believes his future in Jacksonville is tied to whether or not the team addresses the linebacker position in the draft. With Wilson, the Jaguars implement a starting quality player in the middle of their defense right away.
Jabaal Sheard, DE, Pittsburgh
Mason Foster, LB, Washington
Marcus Gilchrist, CB, Clemson
Quinton Carter, S, Oklahoma
Will Rackley, G, Lehigh
Stefen Wisniewski, C, Penn State
Jurell Casey, DT, USC
Leonard Hankerson, WR, Miami (FL)
Colin McCarthy, LB, Miami (FL)
Nate Irving, LB, NC State