Jacksonville Jaguars

Jacksonville Jaguars Draft Grades: Jags Earning a B- After 3 Rounds

Will picking a punter in the third round come back to haunt the Jaguars?
Will picking a punter in the third round come back to haunt the Jaguars?Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images
Josh SteinContributor IIIApril 28, 2012

With two days down, Jacksonville Jaguar fans should be happy with their draft so far. Some of the major needs (WR and DE) were met and the players they got for those positions are fantastic. However, in the third round, they made maybe the most questionable pick thus far, getting a punter in the early parts of the round.

The first-round pick was easily the best of the three, with the Jaguars getting one of the best playmakers in the draft, Justin Blackmon. This Oklahoma State Cowboy broke records and dropped jaws with his incredible catch and run abilities.

Blackmon was a man among boys the last two years, getting over 110 catches and double-digit touchdowns both years. No matter what superstar defense or cornerback was thrown at him, Blackmon brushed them off like dust on his shoulder.

The Jaguars couldn't have made a better pick here because they also got a guy who Blaine Gabbert can actually throw to. Gabbert spent too much time last year staring at covered receivers, and now he gets a guy who arguably can't be covered, especially in a division that is much better in the front seven than the secondary.

The second-round pick, Andre Branch, played on the same defensive line as two 2011 second-round picks (Jarvis Jenkins and Da'Quan Bowers) and another expected high pick in this year's draft (Brandon Thompson).

He is a speed rusher and can get to the quarterback with relative ease, as seen by his four-sack takeover against Virginia Tech last season.

Branch's scouting reports tell a story of a player that needs to be more consistent, but also one that flashes elite abilities. If they can coach this kid right, he could become a very good defensive end in this league.

This grade would've been an A if it wasn't for the confusing pick of punter Bryan Anger out of California.

This player was arguably the best punter in the draft, but a punter should never go this high. The Jaguars have glaring needs at right tackle and cornerback, and one of those should have been the pick in the third round.

Jacksonville has a lot of picks, and they could have easily gotten this guy in the mid-to-late fourth or fifth rounds.

The Jaguars have done a decent job so far and deserve to be commended on their picks so far. As long as they can fill their remaining needs, and Anger turns out to be a great punter, this could end up as one the best Jaguar drafts in recent memory.

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