NFL Nation: Aaron Colvin

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- With quarterback Blake Bortles signing his contract Wednesday morning, the Jacksonville Jaguars need only to sign second-round picks Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson to get all the pieces in place.

For the 2015 season.

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John Raoux/AP PhotoCoach Gus Bradley and Jaguars management have been working on a plan to fortify the team's depth for not only 2014, but also 2015 and beyond.
The Jaguars are clearly targeting 2015 as the season the team makes significant strides and competes for a playoff spot. It will be coach Gus Bradley's third season, the culture will be well established, and the talent level should be miles better than it was when Bradley and general manager David Caldwell took over in January 2013.

The offensive and defensive systems will be entrenched and Bradley, a former defensive coordinator, will have had three years to find players who fit his scheme.

This doesn’t mean the Jaguars view 2014 as a wasted season. That wouldn’t be accurate. The moves Caldwell made in free agency -- particularly signing guard Zane Beadles, defensive ends Chris Clemons and Red Bryant, linebacker Dekoda Watson and running back Toby Gerhart -- immediately make the Jaguars a much better team in 2014.

The defense should be better and will keep the Jaguars in more games and quarterback Chad Henne should be more comfortable in the offense, which should yield more than four victories.

But everything points toward 2015.

Caldwell and Bradley have named Henne the starter for '14 and have said they don’t want Bortles to be on the field. They want him to learn and develop without having the pressure to win games so he'll be ready to take over as the starter, most likely in 2015.

Lee and Robinson will get extended playing time in 2014, but it’s rare for receivers to make any significant impact as rookies. Ace Sanders did in 2013, catching 51 passes, and Justin Blackmon did in 2012, but they are the exception rather than the rule. After a year of seasoning, Lee and Robinson should become major parts of the offense, along with Bortles, in 2015.

Caldwell’s selection of cornerback Aaron Colvin in the fourth round is clearly a move that was made with 2015 in mind. Colvin suffered a torn ACL during Senior Bowl week and will begin this season on the physically unable to perform list. It's unlikely he’ll get on the field in anything but a special-teams capacity and that won’t come until the final third of the season. Colvin was a high-round talent who fell because of his injury, and he could turn out to be one of the steals of the 2014 draft, especially if he becomes the starter opposite Dwayne Gratz -- but that shrewd move won’t pay off for another year.

Linebacker Telvin Smith, one of the Jaguars' fifth-round picks, is an intriguing player because of his length and speed. However, he weighs only 218 pounds and while that was OK as a player in the ACC, he has to add weight in order to hold up to the rigors of the NFL. He'll get playing time in 2014 but he’ll benefit from a year in the Jaguars’ weight program and should be ready for a much bigger role in 2015, possibly as a replacement for weakside linebacker Geno Hayes.

The Jaguars aren't giving up on 2014, but they’re preparing to make big strides a year later.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars had an exceptional draft.

That's according to ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr., who had the Jaguars as one of five teams that earned an "A" for their work from Thursday-SaturdayInsider. San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Houston and St. Louis were the other teams.

Kiper based his grades on three criteria:

How much overall talent did a team add based on board position?

How effectively did they address key personnel needs?

How efficient were they in maneuvering on the draft board?

Kiper wasn't thrilled with the value of quarterback Blake Bortles at No. 3, but he did like the Jaguars addressing their need at receiver with Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson in the second round. Even if Bortles doesn't play in 2014 -- which is the plan, according to GM David Caldwell -- those two players will help an offense that averaged just 15.4 points per game last season.

Kiper also likes Telvin Smith, an undersized linebacker whom he compares to Tampa Bay's Lavonte David, and the selection of cornerback Aaron Colvin, a second-round talent who dropped to the fourth because he tore his right ACL during Senior Bowl practices.
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A wrap-up of the Jacksonville Jaguars' draft. Click here for a full list of Jaguars draftees.

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AP Photo/Chris CarlsonThe Jacksonville Jaguars added much-needed depth at the receiver position, drafting Marqise Lee in the second round.
Best move: Wide receiver is one of the Jaguars' biggest needs because of the uncertainty surrounding Justin Blackmon. They quickly snatched up Southern California's Marqise Lee when it came time for the Jaguars' first pick in the second round (39th overall). Lee is a first-round talent who slipped because his production dipped significantly in 2013 because of an early-season knee injury and inconsistent quarterback play. He's a big-play receiver (29 career touchdown catches) with good speed and elusiveness, but he also worked the middle of the field at USC. After Blackmon was lost for the second half of the season, the Jaguars had only Cecil Shorts as an outside playmaker and he was bothered by a sports hernia over the final month. Lee was one of the most dangerous players in the country as a sophomore in 2012, catching 118 passes for 1,721 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Riskiest move: Taking a quarterback high in the first round is always a risk unless you're able to nab a sure thing such as Andrew Luck, so the Jaguars' selection of Central Florida's Blake Bortles with the No. 3 overall pick qualifies. He has ideal size (6-foot-5, 232 pounds), a strong arm and good athleticism and mobility, but he needs seasoning and time to develop. The Jaguars' plan isn't to put him on the field in 2014 but instead have him ready for 2015. There's no guarantee that he will be ready, however, or if he can be the elite quarterback the Jaguars desperately need. Missing on Blaine Gabbert in 2011 hurt the franchise for years. Bortles is the make-or-break pick for the David Caldwell/Gus Bradley regime.

Most surprising move: Considering the Jaguars are dealing with a player who has violated the league's substance-abuse policy multiple times (Blackmon), it was interesting that they drafted linebacker Telvin Smith in the fifth round (144th overall) because he failed a drug test at the NFL combine. Smith was forthcoming about the incident, calling it a dumb mistake and saying he told Bradley and Caldwell that he had learned his lesson and it won't happen again. Caldwell said they examined Smith's background pretty intensely and told him this is his opportunity to make up for his mistake. Smith is an intriguing prospect because he fit as a nickel linebacker as someone who can cover backs and tight ends. He needs to get bigger -- he's only 218 pounds at 6-foot-3 -- but he significantly upgrades the speed on defense.

File it away: Oklahoma cornerback Aaron Colvin suffered a torn right ACL on the second day of Senior Bowl practices, but the little time he was on the field was enough to intrigue the Jaguars, who coached the South team, and they took him in the fourth round (114th overall). However, he's probably not going to be cleared for full contact until later in training camp and will begin the season on the PUP list. Caldwell said he's planning on Colvin getting on the field in the second half of the season, though how much depends on his grasp of the defense. He fits the Jaguars' profile for defensive backs (6-0, 192), although his arms are a bit shorter than they'd like (31 inches). He should be the eventual starter opposite Dwayne Gratz, most likely in 2015 because Alan Ball's contract expires following the 2014 season.
It’s apparent the San Francisco 49ers are possibly interested in drafting a player coming off a major injury again.

Former Oklahoma cornerback Aaron Colvin told Sirius XM Radio that he will visit the 49ers this week. Colvin tore the ACL in his knee during Senior Bowl week in January, but he could be ready to play toward the end of the season.

The 49ers have shown they are willing to wait for a good player, even if he's injured. Last year, they drafted defensive lineman Cornellius "Tank" Carradine in the second round and running back Marcus Lattimore in the fourth round after both had suffered ACL injuries.

However, drafting Colvin may come with more overall injury risk than Carradine and Lattimore. ESPN draft analyst Steve Muench said Colvin is a talented player, but his injury history is worrisome. Colvin missed almost all of the 2011 season with a shoulder injury. Muench also points out Colvin's weight -- he was listed at 192 pounds at Oklahoma, but weighed 177 at the combine.

“If he can regain the weight once he’s healthy and can stay healthy, he’s got the tools to be an effective No. 3 corner,” Muench said. “He’d see the field a lot with how often teams line up with three or more receivers. He’s instinctive, he has above average cover skills and he tackles well.”

Muench said Scouts Inc. had Colvin rated as an early third-round pick prior to his injury. Now, the group has him as an early fourth-round pick. The 49ers will likely add multiple cornerbacks and with a surplus of picks, they may feel like they can take a flier on Colvin.

Meanwhile, the Sacramento Bee reported the 49ers will visit with several rookie prospects this week including Clemson speed receiver Martavis Bryant. He could be a target in the second round.
The Philadelphia Eagles were active in keeping their own players, such as Jeremy Maclin, Jason Kelce and Riley Cooper. They were active in signing free agents, such as safety Malcolm Jenkins, and trading for running back Darren Sproles.

But the biggest move was cutting wide receiver DeSean Jackson, who stayed in the NFC East by signing with the Washington Redskins.

In ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper's Grade A draft, he plays general manager for the Eagles, not Howie Roseman or Chip Kelly. What would Mel do as GM?

Find out here. Insider

Senior Bowl bed check: Day 2

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MOBILE, Ala. -- Wrapping up the events from the second day of Senior Bowl practices:

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Off-field buzz: While the Senior Bowl gives scouts a chance to evaluate a chunk of prospects for May's draft, it's what happens behind the scenes that is just as important. On Tuesday night, Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine interviewed for a second time with the Cleveland Browns, who have the NFL's final head coaching vacancy. As such, there's been plenty of buzz around Pettine and the Browns this week in Mobile, perhaps more than any players on the field.

Executives in town: Here's who we spotted in the stands during Tuesday's practices: Bills general manager Doug Whaley, former Bills general manager Buddy Nix, New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan, New Orleans Saints coach Rob Ryan, St. Louis Rams general manager Les Snead, New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, and Philadelphia Eagles general manager Howie Roseman. We've also spotted Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin and Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis this week.

Colvin tears ACL: One injury note to pass along: According to his agent, Andy Simms, Oklahoma cornerback Aaron Colvin tore his ACL in Tuesday's practice. According to Scouts, Inc., Colvin was the top-rated cornerback at the Senior Bowl. He is currently rated No. 67 among all draft prospects.

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