Jaguars Won’t Trade First Round Pick
By Luke Sims
Jan 18, 2013; Jacksonville FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars new head coach Gus Bradley speaks as owner Shad Khan and new general manager Dave Caldwell listen during a press conference at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports
The Jacksonville Jaguars are quite content to sit at number two overall in the NFL Draft later this week. The Jags had a luncheon on Monday afternoon and during that period GM Dave Caldwell put all rumors to bed that the Jaguars may trade down. While the team had said it wanted to trade back originally, it was revealed recently that the Jags had a couple of players they wanted at number two overall and that it would have to be a good deal to trade out. Now, it’s all but guaranteed they are sticking at number two.
I like the confidence that Caldwell has displayed since he has come to Jacksonville. He was definitive about not picking up Tim Tebow and now he is showing strength in his team’s analysis and decision making process.
It could all be a smokescreen to get other teams interested in trading up with the team, especially if the Jags are showing massive interest in a talent. However, I think this is a legitimate stand at number two and not a smokescreen. The draft isn’t devoid of talent, it just doesn’t have the same crop of “top tier” talent that are head and shoulders above the rest of the prospects. The Jaguars have found someone that they are more than happy picking and growing into a good football player. Take it all with a grain of salt though, as my opinion is mostly optimism and speculation based on a strong Jags front office for the first time in years.
As stated before, this is a good move by Caldwell that instills confidence in the organization. Of course if he gets it wrong we’ll doubt him for eternity.
– Luke N. Sims
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