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Speed Will Probably Determine the Jacksonville Jaguars’ First Round Pick in the 2012 NFL Draft

February 23rd, 2012 at 5:25 PM
By Michael Hall

With the NFL Scouting Combine around the corner, most of us will focus on who will run the fastest in the 40-yard dash (My money is on either Chris Rainey or Kendall Wright). However, the 40-yard dash will also probably determine who the Jaguars will pick at #7 overall in the 2012 NFL Draft . It is very likely that the Jags are going to target a Wide receiver, so we are going to focus on two of them, who could rise or fall due to their combine performances.  

1. Justin Blackmon

Justin Blackmon's 40 yard dash time will be critical. He has been rumored to run a slow 40 time, similar to Anquan Boldin. If he runs a 4.55+, there's a good chance that he falls past the St. Louis Rams at #2 and the Minnesota Vikings at #3. Robert Griffin III would probably go to the Cleveland Browns at #4. The biggest obstacle for the Jaguars in terms of acquiring Blackmon are the Washington Redskins at #6, who are not particularly stacked at the wide receiver position. sure, they could go for a quarterback, but they will probably be in the running for Peyton Manning and Matt Flynn in Free Agency. Either way, if Blackmon falls that far, their chances of being in a position to select him will be very high.

2. Kendall Wright

Kendall Wright will probably end up having one of the fastest 40-times in the combine, which will probably mean that he will skyrocket even further up draft boards, making him a viable option at #7. That  will make an interesting dilemma at # 7 in the draft. On one side, there's North Carolina Defensive End Ryan Coples, who has all of the talent in world, but has not lived up to his potential even on the college football level. On the other side, there's Kendall Wright, who has good hands and serious speed, despite being a bit short. Personally, I think that they would go with Wright, but it's basiclally a shot in the dark at this point in the offseason.

Tags: 2012 NFL Draft, Cleveland Browns, Football, Jacksonville, Jacksonville Jaguars, Jaguars, Justin Blackmon, Kendall Wright, Matt Flynn, Minnesota Vikings, NFL, Peyton Manning, Ryan coples, St. Louis Rams, Washington Redskins

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