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By Arthur Arkush

What was Al Davis thinking? That is what we're hearing in Jacksonville, where the Jaguars acquired a fifth-round pick the day before the draft in exchange for underachieving DE Quentin Groves. This move signifies Gene Smith's continued acknowledgement of years of poor drafting and personnel decisions by former vice president of player personnel James Harris. Groves, a second-round pick in '08 — arguably Harris' worst in a string of subpar drafts — never made an impact in Jacksonville, making only 2½ sacks in two seasons. While Smith likes giving young players every opportunity to develop, Groves is not a pass-rushing end in a 4-3 scheme, and was ineffective in the Jaguars' attempts employing a 3-4 (in large part to find a position for Groves) last season. The way we hear it, the Jaguars were thrilled to pick up an extra pick in the draft — they only had six picks after trading their second-rounder to the Patriots in 2009 — for a player that was no lock to make the team this season.

 

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