1. The Jacksonville Jaguars need to shoot for the moon and be bold.
The Jaguars currently hold the first overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft and there’s a 99 percent chance they will use it on Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence even though he’s going to undergo surgery on his non-throwing shoulder.
There’s no risk there, but they had the chance to take a franchise signal-caller in 2017 and they passed up the chance to draft Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson in favor of running back Leonard Fournette because they had Blake Bortles.
It’s uncertain if the Jaguars would be a Super Bowl team with Watson or Mahomes at the helm. However, they would’ve been in a better place than they were last season and they would’ve won at least one more game. The Chiefs had a good quarterback in Alex Smith but they wanted a great one and weren’t afraid to move up 17 spots to get Mahomes in 2017’s selection meeting.
Even though the Buccaneers didn’t have to part ways with draft picks to sign Tom Brady, they weren’t afraid to invest as much money as they needed to secure the services of a top-echelon quarterback. They were aware Jameis Winston wasn’t going to get them to the championship and knew they had to allocate a hefty amount of resources to land ’12’ last offseason.
It’s true that the draft is a crapshoot and the wrong decision can hold an organization back for years. The Chicago Bears are a recent example. They thought they had a franchise quarterback in Mitch Trubisky but they are already looking for a new quarterback.
However, if the team wants to turn things around, they need to keep throwing darts until they nail it. Think of the Seattle Seahawks in the early 2010s, they kept looking for a quarterback until they found Russell Wilson. That’s what great teams do, and something the Jaguars should reflect on when they watch this year’s Super Bowl.