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Is Drafting a Tackle a Bad Decision for Jaguars?

Apr 07, 2014 -- 2:16pm

By: David Levin (@davidlevin71)

What is wrong with the Jacksonville Jaguars taking a tackle at the third pick in the NFL Draft next month.

Really, nothing. With so many holes on this team still to be filled on offense in the Draft, which include the offensive line, at receiver and finding a quarterback of the future, there should be no reason why the team considers the best talent with their first round pick.

Here's the reality of it - without the decision by CBSpsorts.com's Pat Kirwin to have this team taking Greg Robinson - a tackle from Auburn - with the third pick. Jacksonville still needs players. While the roster is so much better than it was this time last season, starters and depth are still "To Be Determined." Since Jacksonville has not had solid bookend tackles since the days of Tony Boselli and Leon Searcy, finding that right mix helps the offensive line, the protection of the quarterback and the newly chosen running game.

If Robinson is as gifted as he appears to be and can help the team move the ball and take down a defensive end or pass rushing linebacker, then it is a solid choice. Not all picks in the Draft are "sexy," but usually a tackle or quarterback or stud pass rusher would be an attractive choice here.

The Jacksonville offensive line would still need depth at center and guard, but that is easily fixed in rounds three through seven. I have no doubt, after talking to other writers who cover the team, this is one way the team should consider. Austin Pasztor did well at right tackle last season, but might be better suited to play inside. Mike Brewster should start the season in the middle while someone like Bryan Stork is drafted to be groomed to replace him a center.

I have always lived by the notion that an NFL team should put its five best offensive linemen on the field to block the opponent. Robinson, with Luke Joeckel on the left side - with Zane Beadles and Pasztor inside and Brewster in the middle is a start. I would not be surprised if four picks in the Draft were for offensive linemen. Receivers can be had in the second or third round - along with a quarterback of the future (Aaron Murray of Georgia. AJ McCarron of Alabama).

We may not all agree with this idea, but it can agreed that any solid player with Pro Bowl potential helps this team. And while fans cannot see the sexiness in selecting a huge tackle two years in a row, it can applauded that this team is building for the future - one pick at a time.

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