Dec 28, 2013; Orlando, FL, USA; Louisville Cardinals quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) reacts after being presented with MVP trophy for the Russell Athletic Bowl after defeating the Miami Hurricanes at Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Foldy-USA TODAY Sports
We’ll be seeing plenty of updates of mock drafts on the Fansided network as the offseason progresses, and there will be plenty of changes at the top of the draft as writers try to make things interesting. Conor Cahill over at NFL Spin Zone came out with his 3.0 mock draft update and he has a particularly enticing player falling to the Jacksonville Jaguars at number 3 overall.
"3. Jacksonville JaguarsTeddy BridgewaterQuarterback, LouisvilleThe Jags are nowhere near ready to draft another QB and they have plenty of holes to fill. The Jags GM even said they would build around Blaine Gabbert. I don’t understand it either, but I doubt he sticks with that plan if Bridgewater is available at #3. Jacksonville could also look to trade down to collect more picks to fill one of their many holes, but I doubt they leave Bridgewater on the table or their fan base will go absolutely nuts. He is quick enough to be mobile in and out of the pocket, but isn’t a dual threat quarterback in the true sense. Bridgewater will be the best thing to happen to Justin Blackmon and may resurrect his career with his attitude and skill.Previous Pick: DE Jadaveon Clowney"
I’m still not a fan of Cahill’s logic that the Jaguars are not “ready to draft another QB.” If you’re near the top of the draft, odds are you made it there partly on subpar quarterback play. If you wait until you are “ready” to draft a QB, then you probably have a better record and are drafting later where elite quarterback prospects are significantly harder to find. Also the reference to Caldwell wanting to build around Gabbert is outdated and not correct anymore (even though I doubt Caldwell ever said it in a serious manner).
Regardless, I can’t complain about his selection of Teddy Bridgewater. Teddy’s availability at number 3 is the result of the Texans picking Johnny Manziel first overall. More people are starting to believe Bridgewater will not be the pick at number 1, opening the door for the Jaguars to take who I consider the best overall quarterback prospect in the draft.
We’ll see how the top 3 or so picks develop as draft season goes along, but this situation seems ideal for the Jaguars.
– Daniel Lago
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