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Meet the Jaguars Draft Picks


In April 2012, the Jaguars completed their first draft under new owner Shad Kahn and new head coach Mike Mularkey. Let's take a look at the Jags' 2012 draft picks, who will hopefully help the team reach the playoffs this season and beyond.

First Round: Justin Blackmon, WR - Oklahoma State

The Jaguars sent their fourth-round pick to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to move up two spots to select WR Justin Blackmon. The 22-year old Oklahoma State junior was widely considered the top wide receiver in the 2012 NFL Draft, and won the Fred Biletnikoff Award each of the past two seasons as college football's top receiver. He will wear jersey number 14.

Height: 6'1

Weight: 207

40-Yard Dash: 4.48

Second Round: Andre Branch, DE/LB - Clemson

Branch is a strong, physical defensive end who emerged the past two seasons as a dominant pass rusher, recording 10.5 sacks in 2011 alone. If Branch pans out, he'll help shore up a Jaguars pass rush that has been disappointing in recent seasons. Branch will likely compete with veterans Aaron Kampman and Austen Lane for a starting job opposite Jeremy Mincey. Branch will wear jersey number 90 for the Jaguars.

Height: 6'4

Weight: 259

40-Yard Dash: 4.70

Third Round: Bryan Anger, P - California

This selection will be heavily scrutinized not because of Branch's lack of talent, but because of his position. The general consensus is that a third-round selection is too high of a pick to use on a punter. The Jaguars hope Bryan Anger can prove them wrong. Anger will need to develop into one of the game's top punters to justify this selection. Harris will wear number 19.

Height: 6'5

Weight: 208

40-Yard Dash: 4.86

Fifth Round: Brandon Marshall, LB - Nevada

Marshall -- not to be confused with the Bears receiver of the same name -- is generally regarded as a solid linebacker prospect who can contribute on special teams and provide depth, which is generally what you look for in later-round selections. Marhsall will wear jersey number 53 for the Jags.

Height: 6'1

Weight: 242

40-Yard Dash: 4.81

Sixth Round: Mike Harris, CB - Florida State University

The Jaguars figure Harris can develop into a solid nickel corner, as well as a special-teams player. The one-year starter at FSU previously played at the Junior College level. He's known as a fierce tackler, but probably doesn't have ideal size and speed for covering today's top wide receivers. Harris, a high-school quarterback, may also play offense in the Jaguars' "Wildcat" formation.

Height: 5'10

Weight: 188

40-Yard Dash: 4.68

Seventh Round: Jeris Pendleton, DT - Ashland University

If there's such a thing as a "feel good" pick, this is it. Pendleton is a soon-to-be 28-year old defensive tackle who worked construction for several years before going to college. He's raw, and hasn't played against a high-level of competition, but has the physical tools, athleticism and strength to be a quality player in the NFL.

Height: 6'3

Weight: 328

40-Yard Dash: 4.9

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