Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Draft Report Card

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Draft Report Card

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Byline: Gene Frenette, Times-Union sports writer

Times-Union sports writer Gene Frenette grades the Jaguars' draft picks based on need and the player's value:

FIRST ROUND

Reggie Williams (above)

WR, Washington

Grade: B

This isn't the R. Williams that many people had in mind with the Jaguars' first pick. It has the classic look of a reach selection, but the shoulder issue with DE Kenechi Udeze clearly factored into the decision. It was a major bust for the franchise the last time they took a Pac-10 receiver (R. Jay Soward) in the first round. That won't happen with this big target. Williams' 23 catches in two games against Seattle Seahawks cornerback Marcus Trufant, a Washington State product, is an eye-opener.

SECOND ROUND

Daryl Smith

LB, Georgia Tech

Grade: B-plus

It's hard to quibble with this selection because the Jaguars had to add depth at outside linebacker and the standout pass rushers were gone. Better yet, two players at Smith's position -- Auburn's Karlos Dansby and Oklahoma's Teddy Lehman -- were taken early in the second round and rated below him by some analysts. Smith probably won't win a starting job ahead of Greg Favors, but he will get on the field.

Greg Jones

RB, Florida State

Grade: B

Even with Fred Taylor healthy and still in his prime, the Jaguars did the right thing here because Jones is a solid insurance policy. You could argue that Jones' teammate, DT Darnell Dockett, might have been worth trading up to the No. 55 pick since there's still no sure thing to fill the rotation with Marcus Stroud and John Henderson. But it Taylor goes down, Jones is someone who can carry the load.

THIRD ROUND

Jorge Cordova

DE, Nevada

Grade: C-plus

Certainly not a glamorous choice, but the main criteria at this point is being able to provide depth and help out on special teams. If this college middle linebacker can materialize into a pass rusher, then he becomes well worth a first-day pick.

FOURTH ROUND

Anthony Maddox

DT, Delta State

Grade: C

One of the most difficult things to do in any draft is find a defensive lineman on the second day. …

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