Rueben Randle #2 of the Louisiana State University Tigers falls to the one-yard line after being tackled.
With the 38th pick of Pride of Detroit's 2012 NFL mock draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars select LSU wide receiver Rueben Randle. The Profiler is serving as the Jaguars' general manager, and his reasoning for the pick is below.
The Jaguars need to provide Blaine Gabbert with weapons. If he doesn't improve, jobs are at stake. Laurent Robinson and Mike Thomas are solid wideouts, but the Jaguars lack a playmaker in the passing game. Gene Smith has struggled to find that player with picks like Mike Sims-Walker, and they need that big wideout for Gabbert.Randle has to refine his route running, and he ran a slow 40 at the combine. His pro day 40 was a vast improvement and showed one of the reasons why Randle is such a deep-ball threat. He has great height and size for the position and brings the skill set that I feel the Jags offense severely lacks. Randle is a solid run blocker, which will also help the Jaguars use their best weapon in Maurice Jones-Drew. With Marcedes Lewis and Mike Thomas to complement and Robinson in the slot, this pick will finally give the Jaguars a somewhat respectable offense all the way around, providing of course Gabbert can take some big steps in his play.
In the first round we drafted Quinton Coples, but there is no way Jacksonville cannot provide offensive help for Gabbert in the first two rounds. The offense and defense have both been upgraded at positions of dire need.
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