November 17, 2012; Morgantown, WV, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers quarterback Geno Smith (12) gestures as he scrambles with the ball against the Oklahoma Sooners during the third quarter at Milan Puskar Stadium. The Oklahoma Sooners won 50-49. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Quarterback. Quarterback. Quarterback.

Let’s be absolutely clear about the focus of this article. Quarterback.

There are two teams in the NFL: teams that have a quarterback and teams that don’t. The Jaguars currently don’t have their quarterback (in my opinion).

It’s hard to believe in Blaine when he looks like this. Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports

It’s hard to believe in Blaine when he looks like this.

David Caldwell and Gus Bradley could compile the perfect coaching staff and draft the best offensive and defensive linemen over the next three years. Will that lead to Super Bowl? Recent history says no.

Luke painfully broke down the quarterback position and did a good job illustrating just how bad the combination of Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne really were last year. In his mock draft he has the Chiefs taking Geno Smith with the first pick and the Jags snagging Bjoern Werner.

With all due respect to Werner, the Jaguars need to take a quarterback if they think he can be a franchise guy. Ideally, the Chiefs would pass on Geno Smith (or Tyler Wilson, whoever ends up as the highest rated quarterback on the board) and the Jags can snag their quarterback with the second pick. But what if the Chiefs are dead set on taking a QB? Should the Jaguars try to move up to the first pick or should they stay put and focus on another position?

There are numerous ways the first two rounds could play out, but somehow, someway, the Jaguars NEED to end up with a quarterback. One theory I’ve recently gotten behind is drafting a quarterback every year until you hit on one. This doesn’t mean spend one of your first two picks every year at QB, but at some point bring in a new competitor. In reality, after a year or two you should know whether or not a QB you’ve picked has the ability and competitiveness to succeed. Having selected Gabbert two years ago should not have any effect on this draft whatsoever. Go ahead and keep Gabbert and let him compete for the job, but there undoubtedly needs to be a fresh face in the huddle this training camp.

Below I have three draft scenarios that I would be thrilled about. They’re shown in order of preference, with the first scenario being ideal.

Round 1

1. Chiefs

Tyler Wilson, QB

2. Jaguars

Geno Smith, QB

Round 2

33. Jaguars

Margus Hunt, DE or some DE/DT/CB

 

Round 1

1. Chiefs

Geno Smith, QB

2. Jaguars

Tyler Wilson, QB

Round 2

33. Jaguars

Margus Hunt, DE or some DE/DT/CB

 

Round 1

1. Chiefs

Geno Smith, QB

2. Jaguars

Star Lotulelei, DT

Round 2

33. Jaguars

Zac Dysert, QB or some QB

As you can see, I’m hoping we upgrade the QB position and the defensive front in some form or fashion. If Dave Caldwell thinks Geno Smith or Tyler Wilson is his guy, then take him at two. Who cares if they’re not Andrew Luck or RG3? Matt Ryan, Joe Flacco, Aaron Rodgers, Matthew Stafford, and Colin Kaepernick all had concerns going into the draft and all have developed into legitimate starters for their teams.

Tyler Wilson is coming off a tough year riddled with injuries, but he could go as high as first overall. Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Tyler Wilson is coming off a tough year riddled with injuries, but he could go as high as first overall.

One of Gene Smith’s biggest failures was trading up for Gabbert in his third year as General Manager. As a GM, if you’re going to pick a developmental quarterback that high in the draft, you damn well better do it in your first year. Caldwell would be wise to draft a quarterback immediately and let him grow and develop as he builds the team.

We’re all tired of looking across the division and seeing the Andrew Luck shine in his first year, or other teams take quarterbacks after the first round (Kaepernick, Russell Wilson) and excel. The Jaguars need to find their quarterback and they need to start looking in this year’s draft.

 

-   Daniel Lago

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