The art of trading back is difficult and tough to learn how to do. Some people do it with apparent ease. Bill Belichick in New England always seems to get who and what he wants by trading back. At the same time, Gene Smith, the Jaguars’ ex-GM, always stated he wanted to trade back but wound up trading up.
Well, the Jaguars, at number two overall, are not likely to be trading up. But it also looks like they are unlikely to be trading down as well.
The Jaguars have made it known that they would like to trade back in this year’s draft, but now that they have found a couple players they really like at number two overallthe trade had better be a good one. “Obviously it has to be worth your while to drop back,” says GM Dave Caldwell. “If there is somebody who you feel can come in and contribute right away and be a cornerstone of this franchise for eight or 10 years, what is really the value if a team is just going to give you a fifth- or fourth-round pick to bypass a guy that you really feel good about, have conviction about? I don’t see that happening.”
With the Jaguars not seeing anybody coming forward and willing to part with a second or third rounder, it may be that the players the Jags like at number two really are special. The dialogue around this year’s draft has been that there isn’t anyone really “worth” the top picks, but it could just be that the Jaguars have found their guy and they aren’t nearly as willing to let him slip past as they were when they first looked at the draft class.
- Luke N. Sims
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