Jaguars go from run of top-five picks to 29th

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The Jaguars are going to have to scout differently this year.

With yesterday’s loss to the Patriots, the Jaguars will pick 29th in the 2018 NFL Draft, the lowest they’ve picked in the first round since 2000, when they burned the 29th pick on R. Jay Soward.

But the draft status also shows how far they’ve come in a hurry, thanks to hitting on high picks in both the first and second rounds.

The Jaguars picked fourth overall last year (making a wise investment in running back Leonard Fournette), and have been in the top five each of the last six drafts.

The good news is, that has left them with a bounty of young talent, as the top two picks in the last four drafts were contributors if not stars. They found Fournette and left tackle Cam Robinson in last year’s first and second rounds, cornerback Jalen Ramsey and linebacker Myles Jack in 2017, pass-rusher Dante Fowler and running back T.J. Yeldon in 2016 and quarterback Blake Bortles and wide receiver Marqise Lee in 2015.

Now, they have an adjustment since they’re picking in the late 20s in the first and late 50s in the second round.

The Vikings will hold the 30th pick, and the final two slots will be filled in two weeks from now, with the Super Bowl loser choosing 31st and the winner 32nd. Here’s a look at the full order as we know it now.

1 Browns 0-16
2 Giants 3-13
3 Colts 4-12
4 Browns (from Texans) 4-12
5 Broncos 5-11
6 Jets 5-11
7 Buccaneers 5-11
8 Bears 5-11
9 or 10 49ers 6-10 (coin flip)
9 or 10 Raiders 6-10 (coin flip)
11 Dolphins 6-10
12 Bengals 7-9
13 Washington 7-9
14 Packers 7-9
15 Cardinals 8-8
16 Ravens 9-7
17 Chargers 9-7
18 Seahawks 9-7
19 Cowboys 9-7
20 Lions 9-7
21 Bills 9-7
22 Bills (from Chiefs) 9-7
23 Rams 11-5
24 Panthers 11-5
25 Titans 9-7
26 Falcons 10-6
27 Saints 11-5
28 Steelers 13-3
29 Jaguars 10-6
30 Vikings 13-3

25 responses to “Jaguars go from run of top-five picks to 29th

  1. Number one in punk players though, what a disappointment.

    They’re actually hard to root for even as underdogs.

  2. The reality is they still need a QB. The fact they’ve been in top 5 the past six years and just now have become relevant shows how QB-driven the league is. In fact, it should be argued why it took them this long.

  3. The Vikings will learn what it’s like to pick from a position the Packers are usually in, and vice-versa. There’s a reason North Division teams strategize to do one thing; beat the Packers. Indoor teams are now 0-13 playing outdoors in championship games. The Vikings would be wise to stick with personnel suitable for beating the Packers. The injury to Rodgers may be the best thing that could’ve happened to the Packers. It resulted in a long overdue housecleaning, which promises a new look and feel for that team. The Vikings had their shot and despite their premature emasculation, the Packers will, once again, be the team to beat in the division.

  4. .
    The Jaguars upcoming problem will be paying all these young stars when their contracts expire. You can’t pay everybody.
    .

  5. Blakeman #34 needs to be investigated.

    Why was Blakeman all smiles after the Pats scored a TD?
    Why did Blakeman rush over to Brady to congratulate him after the Pats won?

    Serious questions need serious answers.

  6. The Jags are the real deal.

    The Vikings weren’t.

    I don’t know if I’ve seen a team get so utterly destroyed in a championship game.

    Without one defensive player, the Vikings turned into a bad college team.

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  7. We have seen this before. A team gets really hot and makes a run deep into the playoffs and then takes a step back. The talent difference between a healthy Houston team and Jacksonville is negligible. If they want to compete with Watson, they should look at upgrading at quarterback.

  8. pastabelly says:
    January 22, 2018 at 8:43 am
    We have seen this before. A team gets really hot and makes a run deep into the playoffs and then takes a step back….
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    A big contributor on taking a step back is that they go from a last place schedule to a first place schedule.

  9. Easy to build a contender with top 5 picks for a decade straight.
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    Browns fans beg to differ.

  10. Obviously, most NFL commentators and fans were asleep on the AFC South this year, originally viewing it as one of the weakest divisions. In the end, it sent two teams to the playoffs. Both won their Wild Card games and knocked out the Bills, Chiefs, and Steelers before the division’s winner exited after scaring the crap out of Patriots nation.

  11. It’s time for the purple fans to concentrate on their offseason championship.
    How many consecutive offseason championships have they won now?
    Must be about 60 something…

  12. kamthechancellor says:
    January 22, 2018 at 9:12 am

    If the Jags can hit on a quarterback sleeper in the draft, they could easily win a championship.
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    Really? You think they’re going to draft a QB after all the top guys have been selected and then start him on a team that made it to the AFC title game?

    They might bring someone in as a FA, but they aren’t going to draft a rookie, plug him in and expect to be better than in 2017.

  13. bassplucker says:

    January 22, 2018 at 9:06 am

    Easy to build a contender with top 5 picks for a decade straight.
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    Browns fans beg to differ
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    Jags have an owner committed to do what it takes to win and willing to spend.

    Cleveland, not so much………….

  14. 6ball says:
    January 22, 2018 at 8:38 am
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    The Jaguars upcoming problem will be paying all these young stars when their contracts expire. You can’t pay everybody

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    And that’s all without a franchise QB who will make at least $18-20 million a year. When they find one, it’ll be that much harder to pay everyone.

  15. The Pats have been picking in this area for 18 years now. In that time (due to trades) they have had one pick at 10 in 2008 and one at 17 in 2011. Everything else has been in the 20’s and thirties, so I find this piece kind of amusing. Poor Jags have to pick at #29 lol.

    It is frustrating to know if you are a Pats fan, NONE of the players that will be talked about from now until the end of April are going to be available to your team. And if you are Pats fan none of the players who are drafted by them will be known to anyone but their family. 😉

    However it is a fair price to pay for the success they’ve had.

  16. They will also have less money pursuing free agents like Malik Jackson and will start losing players to free agency. They have to balance allowing good players to leave or overspending to try to keep them. The Patriots have done a masterful job of making that balance recently but they too often lose just enough talent to miss going to the Super Bowl.

  17. savethebs says:
    January 22, 2018 at 8:33 am

    Easy to build a contender with top 5 picks for a decade straight.

    Try telling that to the Browns.

  18. They are a QB away from being a serious contenders. At no point during yesterday’s game I was worried about losing to the Jags even when down by 11 points. I knew sooner or later the game will be on Bortles shoulders and he will not be able to deliver. Lo and behold I was right. He made few plays but didn’t make them when it mattered the most.

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