Saturday, March 12, 2011

Lockout - What it Mean for the Jaguars

The lockout has begun. Around the NFL, players are no longer able to use team facilities. This lockout will have specific effects on certain teams. Luckily, I think the Jaguars actually stand to benefit from a long lockout (so long as it doesn't take away from the regular season).

Friday, March 11, 2011

Free Agency, T-Minus 2 Hours?

Mike Florio from Pro Football Talk says a "high-level source" told him that Judge Doty may rule that the NFL must not lock out players at midnight. If that happens, free agency would start immediately. I hope GM Gene Smith has his phone ready because it could be a long night for him.

NFL Statement Concerning NFLPA Decertification

The NFL released the following statement regarding the NFLPA's decertification:
"The fastest way to a fair agreement is for both the union and the clubs to continue the mediation process.  Unfortunately, the players’ union has notified our office that at 4pm ET it had “decertified” and is walking away from mediation and collective bargaining, presumably to initiate the antitrust litigation it has been threatening to file. In an effort to get a fair agreement now, the clubs offered a deal that would have had no adverse financial impact upon veteran players in the early years and would meet the players’ financial demands in the latter years.

NFLPA Applies for Decertification

NFL Network's Albert Breer is reporting that the NFLPA has faxed the necessary paperwork to Minnesota to apply for decertification. This would end any hope of keeping the dispute between the NFL owners and the NFLPA out of court, and the move could threaten the 2011 NFL season. None of this will affect the 2011 NFL draft which will move forward as planned.

Update: NFL Network's Jason La Canfora is reporting that the NFLPA has indeed decertified as a union. You can read the story here.

Derek Hughes' Mock Draft 1.0

1. Carolina Panthers- Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn
This team needs help in all areas.  That said, the best player and most likely fit would be Auburn DT Nick Fairley. Auburn had Cam Newton on offense last year.  Fairley was the Newton of Auburn’s defense.  Look for him to make an immediate impact on the line.  It should be interesting to see how the pressure applied by Fairley opens things up for DE Charles Johnson.

2. Denver Broncos- Da’Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson
The Broncos are weak at several positions, but nowhere is it worse than the defensive front.  They are in severe need of a pass rusher, and Bowers fits the bill perfectly.

Jaguars Draft Prospects - Mark Ingram

Sometimes, a team is able to assemble great running back tandems, and if the Jaguars were able to draft Mark Ingram, that would likely be the case again in Jacksonville.

The NFL's Hail Mary

It would appear that the NFL will send one final CBA proposal to the NFLPA according to Jason La Canfora of The NFLPA is still asking for more financial data, and it's my guess that nothing will get done.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Tomorrow, at 11:59 PM, is the deadline for a new CBA to be reached. Otherwise the NFL owners will lockout the players. Personally, I'm expecting another extension. I'll keep you posted on tomorrow's happenings.
Why hasn't anyone mentioned Gerald Sensabaugh as a possible free agent pick up? This is a guy the Jaguars know all about, and he would make a decent patch until next year. He also makes sense because he is somewhat familiar with the Jaguars' defense.

Jaguars Across the Web

Paul Kuharsky highlights the AFC South Teams' draft needs.

Albert Breer is reporting that today has been one of the most attended negotiating days yet between the NFL and NFLPA.
John Oehser of has put out his first draft value board. You can find it here.

Jaguars Draft Prospects - Tyron Smith

The Jaguars don't have a particular need at OT, but when you have an opportunity to take a good lineman, you take him regardless of need.

Jacksonville Needs a Big Off-season

I think the Jaguars are on the rise, and there are few people around the NFL that would disagree with that statement. The Jaguars do, however, have many holes to fill in their roster to reach the playoffs. Jack Del Rio is counting on a playoff run to save his job, and his defensive unit needs to make a big impact. The offense carried its weight in 2010, and now it's the defense's turn.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Texans, Rams May Face Tampering Penalties

Charlie Bernstein of Fox Sports has reported that the St. Louis Rams and the Houston Texans have been in contact with Jaguars WR Mike Sims-Walker. That wouldn't be a problem if Sims-Walker was a free agent, but he won't be a free agent until at least Friday. That makes any contact between Sims-Walker, the Texans, or the Rams tampering. The Chiefs won a tampering case in February. The Chiefs and the Lions swapped picks in the 5th round, and the Lions lost their 7th round pick. If the Jaguars filed a tampering suit, I would expect similar compensation to the Jaguars, provided that the Jaguars can prove one or both of the other teams did indeed contact Sims-Walker.

Jaguars Draft Prospects - Cameron Jordan

Cameron Jordan is an interesting guy because he resembles Tyson Alualu. Let's dive right in:

The Value of Trading Down

It seems like every year there's a team that trades down in the draft to get the guy they want. Usually, that team is the Patriots, and they are usually making another team look stupid in the process. If there is a model to follow in the NFL draft, it's the Patriots' model. They trade old players for high picks, and they trade early picks for multiple slightly later picks. The Patriots know how to get a lot of bang for their draft buck.

Jaguars Across the Web

Brian Galliford says the Jaguars pick Ryan Kerrigan in SBNation's newest mock draft.

John Oehser fields more questions from fans.

The AP says that Tiki Barber plans to return to football.

Paul Kuharsky is reporting that the Jaguars plan to feature fans on their general bowl tickets in 2011.

Adam Stites isn't afraid to question the ways of Gene Smith.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Jaguars Draft Prospects - Mike Pouncey

The Jaguars need to bring in some young interior linemen, and Mike Pouncey might make a nice fit.

Jaguars Draft Prospects - Ryan Mallett

Ryan Mallett is a big quarterback with a huge arm. Would he fit in well with the Jacksonville Jaguars?

Monday, March 7, 2011

Jaguars Draft Prospects - Aldon Smith

Next up for the my Jaguars prospect coverage is an OLB/DE from Missouri, Aldon Smith. Let's get right to it:

Jaguars Draft Prospects - Ryan Kerrigan

The Jaguars worked to improve their pass rush in 2010, but it still wasn't where the coaches want it. Ryan Kerrigan would be a popular pick that should be able to help that unit out.

What can be Expected of Maurice Jones-Drew in 2011?

Maurice Jones-Drew fought through a knee injury throughout the 2010 season, but he was still able to post 1,324 yards which was good enough for 5th in the NFL. That gives him an average of 4.4 yards per carry, but he only put up 5 touchdowns. Those statistics are encouraging to me. They leave me wondering, how much can Jones-Drew handle when he's healthy?

Jaguars Across the Web

Alfie Crow looks at free agents the Jaguars should consider signing.

Tania Ganguli says the CBA extension put the NFL in limbo.

John Oehser says David Garrard has more left.

Josh Martin says that the Jaguars will take Ryan Kerrigan with the 16th pick of the draft.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Jaguars Draft Prospects - Jimmy Smith

The Jacksonville Jaguars once had a player named Jimmy Smith. Correct me if I'm wrong, but he was pretty good. This guy is good, but he's not a wide receiver. He doesn't even play on the offense. Let's look at the cornerback from Colorado, Jimmy Smith.

Jaguars Draft Prospects - Jake Locker

Jake Locker kicks off my rundown of the most draftable players for the Jacksonville Jaguars. With that, let's get to it: