As we get closer to the NFL Draft it becomes clearer and clearer that the Jacksonville Jaguars won’t be trading back. First there was the announcement that the team was unlikely to trade its pick. Then came the announcement that the team had narrowed it down to two players at number two overall. And most recently the team has said it has no interest in trading back from the second overall pick.
This is either all true or the most excellent smokescreen ever orchestrated. It appears that that the Jaguars’ interest in trading back and the opportunities to trade back are inversely related. Per Jason Cole at Yahoo! Sports, the Jaguars’ second overall pick has interest building, particularly around teams that need a left tackle.
I have been a fan of trading back for the last few drafts, even if there was never any hope of that with Gene “Trades Up Too Much” Smith at the helm. With Dave Caldwell taking over general manager responsibilities it finally seemed that the Jags had an opportunity to trade back. But with the announcement that the team was narrowing its search down and were more and more interested in keeping the selection, I began to sell myself on the possible selections.
Eric Fisher could be such an asset, particularly because the offensive line was so bad. Dion Jordan is the best all around defensive player in the draft and will translate well to the NFL. Geno Smith is so much more than just offseason competition for Blain Gabbert, he could be “the guy!” Despite talking myself into these picks, I’ve never been fully satisfied with my “decisions.” Now, with more interest in trades for the second overall pick, my desire to see the Jags move back is rekindled.
We’ll have to see what they do later today.
– Luke N. Sims
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