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Luke Bowanko becomes first Jaguar draft pick to sign

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Draft picks have been signing contracts all across the league, but the Jaguars haven’t been part of the fun until Monday.

The Jaguars announced that offensive lineman Luke Bowanko is the first member of the team’s nine-player draft class to agree to a deal. The sixth-round pick signed a four-year deal with the team.

Bowanko played all three interior offensive line positions as a three-year starter at Virginia and the Jaguars could use help at those spots heading into next season. Brad Meester has retired, leaving the center job open for the first time in ages and there should be a spirited competition for the guard spot opposite Zane Beadles. Bowanko may not win either of those jobs as a rookie, but his versatility could make him a valuable reserve in the middle of the line.

The Jaguars also took guard Brandon Linder in the third round, so the Jags could have a young line with 2013 first-rounder Luke Joeckel expected back at left tackle to start the season.

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4 Responses to “Luke Bowanko becomes first Jaguar draft pick to sign”
  1. jjackwagon says: May 19, 2014 2:16 PM

    There are teams that have sign almost all their picks. Not a good look Jags.

  2. jjb0811 says: May 19, 2014 2:42 PM

    AFC South:
    Texans: No QB, old & grumpy #1 WR, speed blitzes, little in secondary. 7-9
    Colts: Luck and nothing else 6-10
    Ten:?????? new tackle after signing a FA to $20m plus Locker 3-13
    Jags: rebuilt lines, wr corp & DB’s. Henne sucks but Bortles will setup a month into the season. 10-6

  3. thegreatgabbert says: May 19, 2014 6:17 PM

    Traded Gabbert so they could draft Luke Bowanko, and pay Blake Bortles twice as much as Gabbert. To sit and watch Chad Henne play quarterback.

  4. tealrevival says: May 19, 2014 9:28 PM

    They were going to cut him, so think of it as a free draft pick. Despite Greatgabbert being a delusional tool, most jag fans still feel bad for gabbert, he had bad timing being thrown in there with no talent around him, either a victim of, or one of the final debacles of the gene Smith era….or both. Everyone wanted him to be the guy, ironically same size as Bortles. Man was he hard to watch though, panicking almost every play. No question that he made a bad team worse. This team is so much more talented than it was a year ago it’s hard to believe. It will be hard to keep bortles on the bench, but Henne will play well with talent around him. He played decent last year Winning 4 of 5 after starting 0-8…..with absolutely nothing around him.

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