The Jacksonville Jaguars could go in several directions with the 33rd pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, as they will start the action on Day Two. The Jaguars are reportedly open to trading the pick, but they have also been linked to two very talented defensive backs in reports today. Jacksonville could decide to take Florida International safety Jonathan Cyprien and keep him in the state of Florida, and the NFL Network’s Gil Brandt reports that the Jaguars are “leaning toward” taking Mississippi State Bulldogs cornerback Johnthan Banks instead of a quarterback. The Jaguars have also been rumored to taking a quarterback like Syracuse’s Ryan Nassib with the top pick in the second round, but I doubt they add a QB.
The Jaguars are in position to have a very strong draft under first-time GM David Caldwell, as they selected Luke Joeckel in the first round to give the team a pair of bookend tackles in Joeckel and the always steady Eugene Monroe. In a deep draft, trading down is usually the best option for teams like the Jaguars that have several needs to fill out.
Going the defensive back route would be wise for the Jaguars, but I wouldn’t advocate drafting Banks at 33 over trading down, unless if they either really like Banks or don’t like any of the offers they are getting for the 33rd pick. Banks is still one of my favorite prospects in the 2013 NFL Draft, but I hope the Jaguars don’t take him off the board so that the Patriots can take Banks.
His forty time at the 2013 NFL Combine killed his draft stock and led to huge speed concerns, but Banks was burned less in college than first-round choice Desmond Trufant. Although Trufant is better, Banks isn’t too far off and was once viewed as a top-half, first-round selection. Banks would be an excellent pick for teams in the second round, and I wonder if the Jaguars will indeed stand pat at 33 and pull a solid CB off the board.
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