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Jacksonville Jaguars, apparently content with Blaine Gabbert, k…

Jacksonville Jaguars, apparently content with Blaine Gabbert, keep passing on quarterbacks

yahoo.com profootballtalk.com ESPN.com Updated Apr 26, 2013
Maybe the Jacksonville Jaguars have a fantastic long-term plan at quarterback. But this is the franchise that drafted a punter last year when Russell Wilson was available. That's one of the most indefensible picks in many years considering Blaine Gabber…
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  • Brennan Williams to compete with Newton

    Brennan Williams to compete with Newton

    ESPN.com Apr 26, 2013
    Brennan Williams, the Houston Texans third-round pick and 89th selection overall in the NFL draft, will have a chance to compete for the starting right tackle job. That’s what offensive line coach John Benton told Houston press while indicating Derek Ne
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  • Is Thornton another OL starter for Colts?

    Is Thornton another OL starter for Colts?

    ESPN.com Apr 26, 2013
    Could Andrew Luck line up behind an offensive line that’s 60 percent new in 2013? Right tackle Gosder Cherilus is a certainly as a new starter, and Donald Thomas should win a starting guard slot. Now Hugh Thornton, a guard from Illinois, is the Colts th
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  • Can Wreh-Wilson help get Verner inside?

    Can Wreh-Wilson help get Verner inside?

    ESPN.com Apr 26, 2013
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Can Blidi Wreh-Wilson compete for a spot in the Tennessee Titans' base defense? The Titans sought a physical press cornerback and tabbed Wreh-Wilson as their man in the third round Friday, with the 70th overall pick. Tennessee liked …
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  • Dwayne Gratz helps Jaguars restock at CB

    Dwayne Gratz helps Jaguars restock at CB

    The Jacksonville Jaguars spent a second consecutive pick on their defensive backfield with their third-rounder, 64th overall, on UConn cornerback Dwayne Gratz. Scouts Inc. gives him a three out of five in coverage skills: Possesses quick feet and good s…
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  • Swearinger can cover TEs for Texans

    Swearinger can cover TEs for Texans

    ESPN.com Apr 26, 2013
    One offseason debate we’ve had regarding the Houston Texans pertained to inside linebacker. The team didn’t need to spend big dollars or a high pick on their second inside linebacker because he’s a two-down player. But if they had a guy capable of p
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  • In Hunter, another piece for Locker

    In Hunter, another piece for Locker

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Titans were the NFL’s worst scoring defense in the league last year. So 65 percent of their offseason additions have come on offense. It’s not a disconnect. They are determined to give Jake Locker the best possible ch
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  • Big names come off the board on Day 2 of draft

    Big names come off the board on Day 2 of draft

    CNNSI.com Apr 26, 2013
    The Jacksonville Jaguars have made Florida International safety Jonathan Cyprien the first pick of the second round of the NFL draft on Friday.
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  • The Second Round: Picks 33-37

    The Second Round: Picks 33-37

    yahoo.com Apr 26, 2013
    33. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jonathan Cyprien, S, Florida International -- Perhaps the steal of the draft. Should have been a first-rounder. At 6-foot-0 and 217 pounds, Cyprien has the valuable ability to play front-half and back-half coverage with relativ…
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  • What the four first-rounders are saying

    What the four first-rounders are saying

    ESPN.com Apr 26, 2013
    DeAndre Hopkins on what kind of player he is: "I bring a championship mentality. Whenever the ball is in the air I feel like it’s mine, no matter where it is or who’s around me. I’m a physical wide receiver and I bring a competitive edge to the Texa
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  • Report: Tyrann Mathieu cancelled visits with Seattle Seahawks, …

    Report: Tyrann Mathieu cancelled visits with Seattle Seahawks, Houston Texans

    yahoo.com Apr 26, 2013
    LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu doesn't have any margin for error when it comes to his draft stock. The substance abuse issues that caused him to get booted off the Tigers' roster before the 2012 season, and caused him to fail more drug tests than he coul…
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  • Warmack salutes Colts' Drake Nevis

    Warmack salutes Colts' Drake Nevis

    ESPN.com Apr 26, 2013
    One of the guys Chance Warmack will be asked to slow is Houston Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt. Warmack spoke of him when the Titans introduced their first-round pick today. When I asked the guard out of Alabama who ranked as his toughest matchup du…
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  • Second-round options for AFC South

    Second-round options for AFC South

    ESPN.com Apr 26, 2013
    Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl of Scouts Inc. have produced a second-round mock draft, so let’s have a look at what they expect out of the AFC South. 33) Jacksonville Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia My thought: I’m not sold on the Jaguars going quarterbac
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  • Countdown Live: 2013 NFL draft, Rds. 2-3

    Countdown Live: 2013 NFL draft, Rds. 2-3

    ESPN.com Apr 26, 2013
    Join our ESPN.com NFL experts for Rounds 2 and 3 of the 2013 NFL draft. Contribute your thoughts and questions beginning at 6 p.m. ET. See you there.
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  • The second pick in the NFL draft might pocket more than #1, and…

    The second pick in the NFL draft might pocket more than #1, and other financial oddities

    Plenty of draft observers shook their heads sadly at the sight of Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel going to the woebegone Jacksonville Jaguars at No. 2, rather than the on-the-rise Kansas City Chiefs at No. 1. But Joeckel might have as many a…
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  • Nuggets on new guys in the AFC South

    Nuggets on new guys in the AFC South

    ESPN.com Apr 26, 2013
    Some quality nuggets from ESPN Stats & Info on the AFC South’s first round: The Jaguars’ sixth straight year drafting in the top 10 tied the longest streak in the Common Draft Era according to Elias Sports Bureau. Eric Fisher (first to Kansas City) an
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  • Round Two Mock Draft

    Round Two Mock Draft

    profootballtalk.com Apr 26, 2013
    After assessing each team’s draft needs, offensive and defensive approaches and the prospects still left on the board, here is PFT’s Round Two mock draft: 33. Jaguars: Cornerback Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State 34. 49ers: Nose tackle John Jenkins, G
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  • GM: 49ers “Absolutely” have a player targeted at 34

    GM: 49ers “Absolutely” have a player targeted at 34

    profootballtalk.com Apr 26, 2013
    The Jaguars are open for business with the 33rd pick in the Draft, tonight’s first. But the 49ers are ready to turn in a card. General manager Trent Baalke, the owner of the No. 34 pick (via Kansas City, through the Alex Smith deal) said he’ll leave h
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  • Report: Texans expect DeVier Posey to open season on PUP list

    Report: Texans expect DeVier Posey to open season on PUP list

    Even if wide receiver DeVier Posey didn’t tear his Achilles in the Texans’ playoff loss to the Patriots, there’s a good chance the team would have been looking for a wide receiver in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft. The Houston offense was ove
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  • RTC: Draft reaction from around division

    RTC: Draft reaction from around division

    ESPN.com Apr 26, 2013
    Reading the coverage ... Houston Texans DeAndre Hopkins gives the Texans someone who can take some off the plate of Andre Johnson, says Dale Robertson of the Houston Chronicle. The bigger the game, the better Hopkins played at Clemson, said offensive co…
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  • Geno Smith, RBs shut out of draft's first round

    Geno Smith, RBs shut out of draft's first round

    CNNSI.com Apr 26, 2013
    There were plenty of big names missing from the first round of the NFL draft Thursday night: Manti Te'o, Geno Smith, Matt Barkley.
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  • Video - Mike Mayock's Day 2 draft winners 01:16

    Mike Mayock's Day 2 draft winners

    Apr 26
    NFL draft guru Mike Mayock says two teams with new general managers have had the best drafts so far, especially cashing in on the second day.
  • Video - Tennessee Titans draft Justin Hunter No. 34 02:13

    Tennessee Titans draft Justin Hunter No. 34

    Apr 26
    The Tennessee Titans draft Tennessee wide receiver Justin Hunter with the 34th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.
  • Video - Jacksonville Jaguars draft Johnathan Cyprien No. 33 in 2013 NFL Draft 01:39

    Jacksonville Jaguars draft Johnathan Cyprien No. 33 in 2013 NFL Draft

    Apr 26
    The Jacksonville Jaguars draft Florida International safety Johnathan Cyprien with the first pick of the second round in the 2013 NFL Draft.
  • Video - Luke Joeckel on Jacksonville Jaguars cam 03:12

    Luke Joeckel on Jacksonville Jaguars cam

    Apr 26
    Jacksonville Jaguars tackle Luke Joeckel joins "2013 NFL Draft Kickoff" to talk about his new team and how it feels to be done with the draft.

Sports Columnists

  • 2013 NFL draft -- Second-day winners, losers

    Apr 26
    On a day the Packers took care of business at the 2013 NFL draft, Matt Barkley's freefall reached new depths, writes John Clayton.
  • Don Banks: 2013 NFL second-round mock draft

    Apr 26
    NEW YORK -- With all the quarterbacks that remain there for the picking, and the unfinished Manti Te'o saga, Friday night's second round has a chance to be as interesting as Thursday night's first round was unpredictable. I can't really recall a second …
  • Peter King: Looking back on a strange first round, ahead to a starry secon…

    Apr 26
    ST. LOUIS -- After the strangest first round of an NFL draft that I have seen, here's a look at the bizarro-world day-one (yes: Justin Pugh and Travis Frederick; no: Geno Smith and Matt Barkley) and a look ahead to a second day that will be starrier tha…
  • Don Banks: With GM seats burning, Bills and Dolphins go bold; more Snaps

    Apr 26
    NEW YORK -- Musings, observations and the occasional insight as we digest a less-than-riveting first round of the NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall ...