Jacksonville Jaguars 2014 NFL Draft: Trading Down
Feb 22, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars general manager David Caldwell talks to the media during the 2013 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
There have been some grumblings about the Jacksonville Jaguars potentially trading down in the 2014 NFL Draft. This draft class may be one of the deepest in years and extra picks would be a Godsend for this franchise, but the possibility of drafting a bonafide starting quarterback third overall is also an option.
Hays Carlyon of the Florida Times-Union posed somewhat of a troll question on his blog – would you be willing to trade the 3rd overall pick to the Seattle Seahawks for their entire set of draft picks?
I understand it’s kind of a joke, but it still raises an interesting question about what the Jaguars would do if the guy they really want at 3 isn’t available. Let’s consider the following scenario:
General manager David Caldwell sees his top 2 rated guys go off the board with his first two picks. Let’s assume his top 2 guys are Jadeveon Clowney and Teddy Bridgewater for the sake of argument here. Caldwell isn’t sold on Blake Bortles or Johnny Manziel as franchise quarterbacks – so what should he do here? The Jaguars don’t need to take a tackle in the top 3 for the second year in a row, and a guy like Khalil Mack should probably be available a few picks further down.
If Caldwell doesn’t see one of the top 3 quarterbacks as a franchise guy, then I’m all for him trading down and acquiring more picks. The real key in the entire situation for me is the quarterbacks. If Bortles and Manziel are both on the board when the Jaguars are up, there will probably be some interest from the teams picking behind them.
Will it be Seattle? Probably not…
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