Would the Jacksonville Jaguars do the unthinkable and still draft a quarterback with the seveth pick in the 2019 NFL Draft?
I know it hasn’t been 24 hours since the news broke that the Jacksonville Jaguars will ink Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles to a four-year, $88 million contract on Wednesday, but a thought occured to me that was further discussed by Joe Romano of FanSided.com.
Would the Jaguars still gamble on taking a quarterback with the seventh pick in the 2019 NFL Draft? Does grabbing Dwayne Haskins of Ohio State make sense or would the team trade down in the first round to take a Daniel Jones or Drew Lock as “insurance” that the quarterback position remains sound for the coming season?
Romano offered up his own 7-round mock draft on the website earlier this morning. He has the Jaguars getting Haskins at No. 7 without having to maneuver around other teams to get him. The New York Giants – who are the obvious fit for Haskins with Kyler Murray more than likely the first pick, overall – decides on taking tackle Jawaan Taylor to protect Eli Manning.
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Realistically, I don’t see this happening. In fact, I see the Giants possibly moving up from No. 6 to take Haskins to make sure the quarterback of their future is onboard in 2019.
Romano believes in the Draft potentially falling into place like this because of the relationship between the Giants current general manager Dave Gettlemen and the vice-president of football operations for the Jaguars, Tom Coughlin.
The addtion of Foles means the Jaguars now have more options to work with. The front office can use the first pick to improve the offensive line, grab a tight end or draft a playmaking wide receiver. It laso means the team can trade down to acquire picks.
Jaguars general manager David Caldwell said at the Combine the team could be aggressive in free agency and the Draft. This might be one of those scenarios that plays out that way.
"“There is a chance that general manager David Gettleman falls in love with Dwayne Haskins and grabs him to sit behind Eli Manning,” Romano writes.“At the end of the day Gettleman’s track record of building through the trenches points to the offensive line.”"
A move like this plays into the Jaguars hands. If Haskins is still on the board, teams looking to add a quarterback (Miami, Cincinnati, or possibly Pittsburgh) makes their best sales pitch to Coughlin and Caldwell.
"“Even with Foles in the mix, Haskins is the right pick,” Romano adds."
If the team looks to add a quarterback through the Draft, Lock may slip to the second round or the team could take a chance with Will Grier of West Virginia.