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One draft guru's thoughts on the Jaguars at No. 8

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    <p><em>Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky</em></p> <p>I asked Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com's senior analyst, to share his thoughts on the <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=jac">Jacksonville Jaguars</a> in the first round given these parameters -- their primary needs are left tackle, defensive tackle and cornerback.</p> <p>Here's what Rang had to say in our e-mail exchange:</p> <blockquote> <p><strong>Left tackle</strong>: This appears to be the Jags' best bet in the first round, as the talent and depth of this year's tackle class is so good they'll almost surely have at least one of the elite offensive tackles -- <a href="http://insider.espn.go.com/nfldraft/draft/tracker/player?draftyear=2009&id=24096">Eugene Monroe</a>, <a href="http://insider.espn.go.com/nfldraft/draft/tracker/player?draftyear=2009&id=24049">Jason Smith</a>, <a href="http://insider.espn.go.com/nfldraft/draft/tracker/player?draftyear=2009&id=24678">Andre Smith</a>, or <a href="http://insider.espn.go.com/nfldraft/draft/tracker/player?draftyear=2009&id=23889">Michael Oher</a> available to them. All four are ranked by most teams as legitimate top ten selections. Oher is the most controversial of the bunch due to questions about his mental strength, but in coaching him at the Senior Bowl (where he was very good), the Jaguars will have an unrivaled history with him. That fact has led me to give Oher to Jacksonville in each of my first three mock drafts.</p> <p><strong>DT</strong>: The only defensive tackle worthy of consideration at No. 8 would appear to be Boston College's B.J. Raji. He'd provide the team with a similar run-stuffer they lost with the trade of Marcus Stroud, but like Stroud, there are concerns about his consistency.</p> <p><strong>CB</strong>: If Ohio State's <a href="http://insider.espn.go.com/nfldraft/draft/tracker/player?draftyear=2009&id=23967" target="_blank">Malcolm Jenkins</a> is available, he could be a steal at this point in the draft. Jacksonville has been willing to gamble on pure athleticism with Matt Jones and Reggie Nelson in the past and Illinois' <a href="http://insider.espn.go.com/nfldraft/draft/tracker/player?draftyear=2009&id=24680">Vontae Davis</a> is expected to put together an eye-popping workout ala his brother (Vernon) a few years ago.</p> </blockquote>

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