Oct 26, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Louisville Cardinals quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) calls a play against the South Florida Bulls during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
It’s only week 11, but Jaguars fans are already looking forward to the end of the 2013 season and towards the 2014 NFL draft. Head coach Gus Bradley has had a pretty tough go of it in his first season especially on offense. A majority of the issues in Jacksonville stem from the quarterback position and historically awful drafting over the previous four years under former general manager Gene Smith. The Jaguars will almost undoubtedly select a quarterback in the first round and they’ll likely have their pick of the litter with the first overall selection.
The Jaguars almost ruined their chance at the first pick with a win in Tennessee on Sunday, but the Buccaneers kept pace and won as well on Monday night. Our friends at NFLMocks.com came out with a mock draft earlier this week and had the Jaguars slotted in the second overall pick. Here’s where they went with the selection.
"#2 – Jacksonville Jaguars – Teddy Bridgewater – QB – LouisvilleEveryone knows where the Jacksonville Jaguars are going with their pick. Gus Bradley seems to have a handle on the defense. What he needs is somebody who can make good use of it by scoring points. Regardless of recent arguments, Teddy Bridgewater out of Louisville is the best prospect in this class. He’s big, athletic, highly intelligent, calm and consistent in his mechanics. He’s proven he can play big in big situations and is down to earth in terms of his maturity level. If anyone is ready to become a franchise quarterback, it’s him."
The Jaguars will probably end up with the first pick when all is said and done, but they would be lucky to still get Bridgewater given the unexpected outcome where they select second. If the Bucs end up with the first pick, it’s highly unlikely Greg Schiano is coaching in 2014 and a new regime will go with a new quarterback.
Regardless, I see the Jaguars ending up with Teddy Bridgewater. Things might get interesting if Marcus Mariota declares for the draft, but I still prefer Bridgewater and his chances in the NFL.
– Daniel Lago
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