The 2017 NFL Draft will undoubtedly feature some movement through the seven rounds, and Bill Barnwell is suggesting the Carolina Panthers and Jacksonville Jaguars become trade mates.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have not been particularly successful in trading down during general manager David Caldwell’s tenure. While the team consistently says it is open to the possibility, the Jags have been content to pick at third overall (twice), fifth overall, and second overall in Caldwell’s time. Fourth overall in the 2017 NFL Draft seems almost inevitable.
In an effort to break that inevitability, ESPN’s Bill Barnwell has published his all-trades mock draft, giving every pick a trade partner. In this scenario, even Caldwell gets to trade back.
And, according to Barnwell, the trade back partner for the Jaguars happens to be the Carolina Panthers, picking at eighth overall. Here’s how it shakes out:
"The Jaguars are relatively stacked on defense after signing Calais Campbell, A.J. Bouye and Barry Church this offseason, and this is likely to be a defense-intensive portion of the draft. Their biggest need is along the offensive line, but there aren’t any offensive linemen worth taking this early. They’ve been linked to running back Leonard Fournette, but with the Titans, Jets and Chargers between them and Carolina at eight, the Jags could very well move down and grab Fournette with the eighth selection. Carolina could move up for one of the top-tier defensive backs. This trade is pretty close on both the traditional and Stuart charts, too."
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While the entire purpose of this mock is to show trade options, this is actually something that many Jags fans may want to see. Dropping back just four picks allows the Jags a lot of flexibility to choose a player that fits a need and still has high value. Tack on another second round pick and the Jags could come away with another immediate-impact rookie in the 2017 NFL Draft.
The odds of this happening probably aren’t particularly high, though. The Jags either need quarterback interest to swell before the draft or see the most coveted player, Myles Garrett, slip. Neither seems likely thus far as plenty of teams could stand pat and still land a talented quarterback later or one of the other talented defensive players in an incredibly deep class.