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Jacksonville Jaguars trade up to take right guard Brandon Linder in Round 3

Linder  AP

UPDATED: 11:27 p.m.

The Jaguars completed their second trade of the night, acquiring a third-round pick (No. 93 overall) from New England to draft Miami (Fla.) right guard Brandon Linder.

The Jaguars traded Nos. 105 (fourth round) and 179 (sixth round) picks to New England.

Caldwell said he thought the Jaguars were done for the night, but "the guard crop was dwindling."

The Jaguars have five picks on Saturday and Caldwell said he's not in a hurry to add more selections.

"We wanted quality," he said.

Linder will get the chance to compete for the right-guard starting spot in training camp.

Linder joins quarterback Blake Bortles and receivers Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson as the Jaguars’ picks through two nights.

Linder started 42 games for the Hurricanes and would seem to be a prime candidate to take over for Uche Nwaneri, who was released earlier this season. Linder also started three games at right tackle last year.

Linder played two years at Miami for current Jaguars offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch. Linder also played for the Senior Bowl North squad in January. The Jaguars coached the South team.


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15236 points
Saturday, May 10, 2014 @ 10:32 am

I wish someone would fire junglecat. Sounds like a pretty good pick to me. If Caldwell turned his nose up at the other guards they must not be that good. I trust they did their homework and picked the best of the crop.

2085 points
Saturday, May 10, 2014 @ 8:02 am
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Thanks for the insight Jungle Cat... I checked out your site, and found out that Brandon Linder's pretty dayumned GOOD...


Jungle Cat
8608 points
Jungle Cat
Saturday, May 10, 2014 @ 1:41 am

Linder is less talented? Did you even read your own post?

Check out his videos here:


39 points
Saturday, May 10, 2014 @ 12:01 am

Miami OG Brandon Linder

BOTTOM LINE Big, experienced, highly competitive, short-area base blocker at his best in a phone booth. Lacks ideal power and athleticism, but has football intelligence, leadership traits and a bulldog’s mentality. Should earn a spot as an interior backup initially, but brings grit to the line and has the makeup to outplay his draft position.

What is your point Jungle Cat? Caldwell drafted a passionate football player with upside. Sounds like a good pick up to me and to other Jags fans who are excited about the direction of this team.

Jungle Cat
8608 points
Jungle Cat
Friday, May 9, 2014 @ 11:46 pm

Caldwell should be fired. He is really looking like a frantic Gene Smith guy for sure.

Two guards David Caldwell turned his nose up at:

Stanford OG David Yankey

Bottom Line Big, physical, smart, serviceable offensive guard who will not score many style points, but generally gets the job done. Has starter-caliber ability and fits best in a power scheme that takes advantage of his size and pulling ability.

Furman OG Dakota Dozier

Bottom Line Small-school college left tackle best suited to kick inside in the pros. Has the girth and enough athletic ability to compete as a guard or center and ornery football disposition desired in the trenches. A tough, gritty, road grader capable of paving the way in the run game, Dozier will require some technique refinement in pass protection, yet possesses clear starter potential with continued development. Draft status could ascend if he proves he can play center.