The Jaguars used the third overall pick in the draft to bring in a new quarterback of the future. Blake Bortles will be the face of the franchise for years to come if he’s given the right pieces to work with. The rest of the draft will be spent adding players that can make an impact in the near future. Here are the prospects that are likely on the Jaguars’ radar in round two.
Marcus Martin, Center, USC
The Jaguars used free agency to piece together a solid offensive line, but with the departure of Brad Meester, the team needs someone to snap the ball to Chad Henne, and eventually Bortles. Martin could be a key piece to the team’s offensive line. Although his impact won’t be directly seen in the form of touchdowns and receptions, his presence would help keep the Jaguars’ quarterbacks on their feet.
Marqise Lee, WR, USC
Lee has great speed and agility, making him a homerun threat on every play. If the Jaguars decide they need another target for Bortles, Lee may be the name they call. Lee’s size is a downside to picking Lee, but speed kills in the NFL, and he has the potential to be an exciting addition to the Jaguars’ boring passing attack in 2014.
Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State
The Jags are managing their team as if Justin Blackmon doesn’t exist. After all, there’s no guarantee Blackmon will ever see the field for them again. Robinson is a big target that has the ability to provide a similar level of production as Blackmon. He runs well with the ball after the catch, and his size makes him a friendly target for a young quarterback.
Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State
Without Maurice Jones-Drew, the Jaguars’ running game could take a step back. Toby Gerhart should be able to give the Jags a good top option, but the team still needs someone that can give Gerhart a rest without sacrificing production on the field. Hyde would be a good pickup for an offense that’s trying to build around a young quarterback.
Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri
Ealy would allow the Jags to add depth on the defensive line. If successful, he could be a mainstay with the team for years to come. Ealy is an all-around solid pass rusher that could stand to improve in the running game, but considering the depth the Jaguars added in free agency, he’d have time to develop further in Jacksonville.