As the NFL Draft continues to speed toward the Jacksonville Jaguars and the rest of the NFL, here are three things that won’t happen for the team in Round 1.
Five days remain. The Jacksonville Jaguars and the rest of the NFL are waiting for the NFL Draft like kids on Christmas morning, hoping they receive what they wished for. The team from North Florida has done its part to fill needs on the roster, but still has some work to do.
Like all 31 other franchises, Jacksonville cannot be satisfied with what is on the roster, and as head coach Doug Marrone has said almost every time he has met with the media, the team must work harder to get better every day.
Thursday night is no different.
With Nick Foles in place as the team’s quarterback, the seventh pick in the first round and the front office as silent as mice, we really aren’t sure which direction the team will travel with the first choice. What we do know is the Jaguars have a chance to get a very good player to build around, whether that is on the offensive or defensive side of the ball.
Here are three things we won’t see on Thursday night in Round 1.
Drafting a quarterback – I think it is pretty safe to say drafting a quarterback with the seventh pick is not going to happen. I’m not willing to bet the mortgage on it, but Foles presents a great opportunity for the Jaguars to have someone who can lead Jacksonville back to the playoffs.
What having a veteran on board could mean is Jacksonville becomes a popular team should one of the coveted signal callers fall past the New York Giants at No. 6. I suspect Denver, Miami, Washington and possibly Cincinnati will jump at the chance to take Dwayne Haskins.
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This makes the Jaguars a team to watch out for in later rounds while building draft capital.
Trading Up – Yes, it has not been brought up yet, but it is a scenario I thought about this week. If one of the top edge players is available a spot or two ahead of Jacksonville, would Tom Coughlin consider moving to grab him to make a solid pass rush even better?
Per jetswire.com, the New York Jets would entertain the idea of moving back in the first round. There are other teams that might consider the same option. If the Jaguars had a chance to grab Nick Bosa of Ohio State at No. 3 or potentially Josh Allen of Kentucky, does that make sense?
I am not in favor of the idea, because the team would have to give up potential draft picks in the process.
A playmaker on board – D.K. Metcalf is a solid player who should make any team’s wide receiver corps better. Does he fit what the Jaguars want to do this season, and would he be a good choice this high in the first round?
No, it would not be.
General manager David Caldwell has said he is pleased with the group of pass catchers the team has on the roster at this moment. The addition of Chris Conley and the return of Marqise Lee help Foles and offensive coordinator John DiFilippo’s game plan.
The Jaguars should add a wide receiver in the Draft, but it more than likely will come in Round 3.