Oct 26, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Louisville Cardinals quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) against the South Florida Bulls during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
While it’s hard to outright condone tanking in the NFL, the argument could be made that recent wins by the Jacksonville Jaguars have hurt their long term prospects more than help them. Their latest victory moved their draft position from first overall to second behind the fledgling Houston Texans. The matchup between these two bottom dwellers on Thursday night could essentially seal the first overall pick for one of the teams, but for now the Texans hold all the cards.
Josh Sanchez over at Fansided’s main site just posted a mock draft and he has a somewhat surprising pick for the Jacksonville Jaguars:
"2. Teddy Bridgewater, Quarterback, LouisvilleIf the Jacksonville Jaguars want to turn things around, then going after the top quarterback in the 2014 draft class would be a great place to start.Teddy Bridgewater is undoubtedly the No. 1 prospect at his position, and he could help the Jaguars start their turnaround.With the duo of Cecil Shorts and Justin Blackmon, who will be eligible to return from his suspension next season, at wide receiver, the Jaguars could immediately turn find offense with a young and impressive group of skill position players."
Sanchez has the Texans taking Jadeveon Clowney first overall instead of a quarterback, leaving the Jaguars free to select the top rated signal caller. While I agree that the Jaguars would take Bridgewater if he were there, he almost certainly wouldn’t be available in this scenario. While he has played decent in his short time starting, Case Keenum is not nearly talented enough to eschew drafting the best quarterback prospect. If the Texans are picking first then they clearly have issues and right now the biggest one is at quarterback.
– Daniel Lago
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