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Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Early look at Jaguars' potential top pick

By Paul Kuharsky

If the season ended today, we know the Indianapolis Colts would have the No. 1 pick in the draft and be in line for Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck.

The Jacksonville Jaguars would draft fourth.

Their needs, in my eyes, regardless of who’s their coach, will be a big-play receiver, a pass-rushing defensive end and a cornerback (as Rashean Mathis is not under contract and will be coming off a torn ACL.)

They could have a shot at the top player at each of those spots.

A quick, early look at the possibilities.

Oklahoma State WR Justin Blackmon

Ranked seventh by Scouts Inc, fourth by Mel Kiper, ninth by Todd McShay.

Kiper says: He should surpass last year's 111 catches, which is remarkable. A better prospect than recent OSU star Dez Bryant. Versatile and explosive and really works to get open. Great ball skills; breaks tackles. Exceptional work ethic.

McShay says: Blackmon continues to show off his ball skills, hands and body control. He's ultra-productive and also has strong character.

LSU CB Morris Claiborne

Ranked fourth by Scouts Inc, fifth by Kiper, third by McShay.

Kiper says: “Just keeps showing up week after week. Big rise so far in 2011; now the top corner here. Exceptional pure cover corner with impeccable instincts at the position. Has solid ball skills for the position. Not a total burner but plenty quick.”

McShay says: “Size, speed, fluid hips and impressive ball skills make Claiborne the top draft-eligible cover corner in the nation. He is overshadowed some by playmaking teammate Tyrann Mathieu, but Claiborne is clearly a top-10 talent.”

North Carolina DE Quinton Coples

Ranked sixth by Scouts Inc, ninth by Kiper, fifth by McShay.

Kiper says: “Production is down, but skill set is hard to look past. The size and talent are there, but he'll need to add to his arsenal with increased blocking attention. Great size and length to hold the edge as a 4-3 defensive end.”

McShay says: “Coples has enormous upside and impressive physical tools, but he needs to play with more urgency over the remainder of the season to maximize his stock.”