The 2013 NFL Draft has come and gone, and now it’s time for some reflection. While some teams traded around to get who they want, others stood pat to see who would slide to them — and if there’s one thing to remember about this draft it’s players that slid around the rounds. But now that the draft is behind us, the all important grading phase has begun, so lets take a look at how the Jacksonville Jaguars did in this year’s NFL Draft.
- Luke Joeckel, offensive tackle, Texas A&M — Round 1 (2)
- John Cyprien, safety, Florida International — Round 2 (33)
- Dwayne Gratz, cornerback, Connecticut — Round 3 (64)
- Ace Sanders, wide receiver, South Carolina — Round 4 (101)
- Denard Robinson, athlete, Michigan — Round 5 (135)
- Josh Evans, safety, Florida — Round 6 (169)
- Jeremy Harris, cornerback, New Mexico State — Round 7 (208)
- Demetrius McCray, defensive back, Appalachian state — Round 7 (210)
Best Pick: John Cyprien
You would have to be insane to not love the Cyprien pick. He was one of the top safeties in the 2013 NFL Draft class, but slid because of the Ravens preference of Matt Elam and an incredible run on offensive linemen early in the draft. Cyprien is exactly the type of player that Bradley wants to bring in to turn around his defense and become the face of that unit.
Worst Pick: Luke Joeckel
It is hard to call a player as talented as Luke Joeckel the worst pick of the draft class, but considering the position he will be playing, the better value was elsewhere. The Jaguars could have used the No. 2 overall pick on an impact pass rusher, but they instead chose to go with a right tackle.
Analysis: Gus Bradley did one heck of a job in his first draft as the Jaguars leading man. The team has added loads of hard-working, physical players that will bring a new attitude to the organization to go along with their shiny new uniforms. You can certainly tell changing up the secondary was a priority. With what Bradley is doing, we may soon have to start calling his team the Seattle Seahawks of Jacksonville.
2013 Draft Grade: A