The Jacksonville Jaguars made more than a few bad decisions during the 2010 NFL Draft but they may have found a few diamonds in the rough. Jacksonville’s first pick and 10th overall, Tyson Alualu, a defensive end out of California, could have been picked up later in the round and Jacksonville could have acquired another draft pick for moving down.
Jacksonville did pick up one of the more sought after NFL prospects in Austen Lane late in the fifth round and that could be a player that starts in front of Alualu. With Jacksonville’s six picks they took four defensive lineman, a kick returner and a little known running back out of Southern Illinois. Jacksonville did acquire Kirk Morrison from Oakland for a fifth round draft pick to address a need at linebacker. Morrison’s days as an elite linebacker are behind him but he can bring leadership.
Jacksonville Jaguars first NFL Draft pick and 10th overall Tyson Alualu.
Tyson Alualu a defensive end from California is not a bad defensive end, he is just bad for a 10th overall pick. If Jacksonville was so dead set on Alualu, they could have dropped down to 28th and traded with San Diego, a team that eventually moved up to 12th on the NFL Draft board.
Tyson Alualu will make the starting roster for Jacksonville, mainly because Jacksonville is spending a lot of money on their first round draft pick. Alualu will be utilized during passing downs and may struggle at first but he be a force once the season is in full swing. Alualu will play in every game in his first NFL season.
Jacksonville Jaguars second NFL Draft pick and 74th overall D’Anthony Smith.
D’Anthony Smith a defensive tackle from Louisiana Tech will help Jacksonville’s weak defensive line. Smith may be better than Jacksonville’s first round pick Alualu. Smith is a big man and will attract double teams which actually could benefit Alualu when they play together. Smith may be on the defensive line more in run situations and if that is the case he will rotate at opposite times than Alualu. Smith will have a lot of playing time in his first NFL season.
Jacksonville Jaguars third NFL Draft pick and 143rd overall Larry Hart.
Larry Hart another defensive end plucked by Jacksonville out of Central Arkansas is yet another defensive lineman to bulk up the Jacksonville front line defense. Hart will have plenty of competition for a starting job and of all the candidates, Hart will have to work the hardest to prove he belongs. Hart probably will not play in any early games but he will see action late in the NFL season once Jacksonville is out of playoff contention.
Jacksonville Jaguars fourth NFL Draft pick and 153rd overall Austen Lane.
Austen Lane also a defensive end from Murray State, was the most sought after small school prospect in the NFL Draft and possibly Jacksonville’s best draft pick. Lane is a defensive end that lacks speed but he does have good moves and will make his way to the quarterback. Lane will have to beat out two other defensive ends for playing time and he will make his mark with a good work ethic. Lane will make the team and play in most of Jacksonville’s games in his first NFL season.
Jacksonville Jaguars fifth NFL Draft pick and 180th overall Deji Karim.
Deji Karim a running back from Southern Illinois is a decent pick in this spot since he will be backing up Maurice Jones-Drew and possibly giving Jones-Drew a breather late in games. Karim is a late pick and if he doesn’t work out, look for Jacksonville to pick up a free agent or trade.
Jacksonville Jaguars sixth & final NFL Draft pick and 203rd overall.
Scotty McGee a kick returner from Jame Madison is another player not only below the radar he is practically off the grid. Jacksonville could have picked up McGee as a free agent after the draft. It appears that Jacksonville’s last two picks were just because they couldn’t trade them. McGee still may make the team as a kick returner.
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