Courtesy: Jacksonville Jaguars
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS 2013 NFL DRAFT
Round No. Pos. Player Ht. Wt. Age College
1 2 OT Luke Joeckel 6-6 306 21 Texas A&M
2 33 S Johnathan Cyprien 6-0 217 23 Florida International
3 64 CB Dwayne Gratz 5-11 201 23 Connecticut
4* 101 WR/PR Ace Sanders 5-7 178 21 South Carolina
5 135 RB Denard Robinson 6-0 197 22 Michigan
6 169 S Josh Evans 6-0 205 21 Florida
7 208 CB Jeremy Harris 6-2 185 22 New Mexico State
7* 210 CB Demetrius McCray 6-0 185 21 Appalachian State
*Sanders selected with pick obtained from Philadelphia for Jaguars’ 4th round (98) and 7th round (210) picks; McCray selected with pick 210 obtained from Philadelphia.
The Jaguars selected eight players in the 2013 NFL Draft, the most players drafted by the club since 2009. The Jaguars had a pick in each round including two in the seventh after a trade with Philadelphia. Five defensive players and three offensive players were selected including a franchise-record five defensive backs.
Former Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel was selected with the second overall pick, tied for the highest draft pick in franchise history. Joeckel, 21, was only the third offensive lineman taken in the first round in franchise history. The Arlington, Texas native started all 39 games of his college career and was honored with the Outland Trophy in 2012 as the nation’s best offensive lineman. As a junior in 2012, he recorded 129 knockdowns and 20 touchdown-resulting blocks while helping the Aggies lead the SEC in total offense, scoring, rushing and passing. He was a unanimous first-team All-America selection and the recipient of the Jacobs Blocking Trophy award, given annually to the conference’s top blocker.
Joeckel, 6-6, 306, was the first player from Texas A&M drafted by the Jaguars and the highest drafted offensive lineman in school history. He has a twin brother, Matt, who is a quarterback for the Aggies and his father, Dave, was a four-year letterman and three-year starter along the offensive line at Texas Tech from 1979-82.
The Jaguars owned the first pick of the second round, the 33rd overall, and selected Florida International strong safety Johnathan Cyprien. Cyprien was a four-year letterman and started the final 45 games of his career while totaling a school-record 365 tackles along with 22 passes defensed, 13.5 tackles for loss and seven interceptions. His 213 career solo tackles rank fifth overall among NCAA FBS players. As a senior, the team captain was named the Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Year by The NFL Draft Report after leading the team with 93 tackles. He added four interceptions and 3.5 tackles for loss. A native of North Miami Beach, Fla., he played both safety and wide receiver at North Miami Beach High. He was teammates with current NFL players Louis Delmas and E.J. Biggers.
The Jaguars wrapped up the second day of the draft with the selection of Connecticut cornerback Dwayne Gratz. Gratz, 5-11, 201, was a four-year letterman for the Huskies and finished his career with 189 tackles (141 solo), eight interceptions, three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and 30 passes defensed. He was a first-team All-Big East selection as a senior by The NFL Draft Report, leading a defense that ranked ninth in nation by allowing only 309.6 yards per game. He started all 12 games and produced three interceptions along with 53 tackles and 11 passes defensed. The Piscataway, N.J. native saw action at wide receiver and cornerback at Piscataway High School where he led the team to state titles in 2005 and 2007.
The Jaguars began the final day of the draft by trading their fourth-round pick (98th overall) to Philadelphia for a fourth-round pick (101st overall) and seventh-round pick (210th overall). The Jaguars selected dynamic wide receiver/punt returner Ace Sanders from the University of South Carolina. Sanders’ career totals included 99 receptions for 1,230 yards and 13 touchdowns while averaging 11.2-yards on 53 punt returns for three scores. The underclassman led the Gamecocks as a junior in 2012 with a career-high 45 receptions for 531 yards and nine touchdowns in 2012. He ranked fourth nationally with a 15.3-yard punt return average with two of those kicks returned for touchdowns. The second-team All-SEC performer was also selected as the conference’s co-Special Teams Player of the Year in his final season. A native of Bradenton, Fla., he was rated the 10th-best receiver in the nation according to Scout.com out of Manatee High School. He caught 65 passes for 990 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior.
In the fifth round with the 135th overall pick, the Jaguars selected former Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson who will make the move to running back in the NFL. Robinson, 6-0, 197, was a four-year letterman and played in 49 games with 37 starts (35 at quarterback, two at running back). He holds the NCAA record for career rushing yards by a quarterback with 4,495 yards (723 carries) and finished his career with 42 rushing touchdowns, 20 100-yard rushing games, 18 multi-touchdown games and a school-record 10,769 yards of total offense. His career passing totals included 6,250 yards with 49 touchdowns and 39 interceptions. He is the only player in NCAA history to pass for 2,500 yards and rush for 1,500 yards in a season as he accomplished the feat as a sophomore in 2010. He started 10 of 11 games at quarterback as a senior in 2012 and missed two games with an elbow injury. He led the team with 1,266 yards and seven touchdowns on 177 carries including 100 yards on 23 carries against South Carolina in the Outback Bowl. The Deerfield, Fla. native was a three-year starter at quarterback at Deerfield Beach High School where he was listed as the 14th-best athlete in the country by Rivals.com.
Former Florida safety Josh Evans was drafted by the Jaguars in the sixth round with the 169th overall pick. Evans, 6-0, 205, played in 47 games with 24 starts at free safety for the Gators. His career totals included 154 tackles (101 solo) with 3.5 sacks, seven tackles for loss and five interceptions. He started 21 games the last two seasons and led the team with a career-high 83 tackles as a senior along with 2.5 sacks and three picks. He was part of a defensive unit in 2012 that ranked fifth in the nation in total defense (287.5) and scoring defense (14.5). As a junior in 2011, he made eight starts at free safety and ranked fifth on the team with 51 stops. The Irvington, N.J. native played quarterback and safety at Irvington High School where he rushed for 14 touchdowns and threw for 18 more. He also lettered in track where he competed in hurdles, relay and high jump.
The Jaguars concluded the draft with the selection of cornerbacks Jeremy Harris (208th overall) and Demetrius McCray (210th overall) in the seventh round. Harris, 6-2, 185, played under Jaguars defensive backs coach DeWayne Walker at New Mexico State the last two seasons. He played his first two seasons at East Los Angeles Junior College before transferring to New Mexico State. He tallied 56 tackles as a senior along with 10 passes defensed while earning first-team All-WAC honors. The Los Angeles native totaled 27 tackles as a junior in 2011. He attended Dorsey High School in Los Angeles where he lettered in football and track and field. McCray, 6-0, 185, was a four-year letterman at Appalachian State and a two-time All-Southern Conference selection. He finished his career with 10 interceptions along with 123 tackles (83 solo) and added 26 career passes defensed and two forced fumbles. The Covington, Ga. native played mainly at right cornerback and posted nine of his 10 career picks in the final two seasons (5 in 2011, 4 in 2012). He attended Newton High School where he was a standout quarterback and defensive back.