3 backup QB routes if Jacksonville Jaguars trade Gardner Minshew
The Jacksonville Jaguars can find a backup quarterback in the draft.
There’s a 99 percent chance the Jaguars take Trevor Lawrence with the top pick in 2021’s draft but they could also take another quarterback in the draft if they trade Gardner Minshew. Of all the possible ways to get a backup quarterback, this may be the most unorthodox one.
It’s not that is rare for a team to use a Day 3 pick on a quarterback. Rather, the instances of an organization taking two quarterbacks in the draft are few and far between. Nevertheless, they exist. There may be more, but four come to mind and the Washington Football team is responsible for two of them.
The most recent one was in 2012 when the Football Team drafted Robert Griffin III with the second overall pick and later used a fourth-round selection on Kirk Cousins, who is currently the starter for the Minnesota Vikings.
The Carolina Panthers also took two quarterbacks in 2010’s selection meeting, Jimmy Clausen in the second round and Tony Pike in the sixth. Before that, Washington drafted Heath Shuler third overall in 1994 and took Gus Frerotte in the seventh.
However, the most famous example of a team double-dipping at quarterback in the same year may be the Jimmy Johnson’s Dallas Cowboys, who took Troy Aikman first overall in 1989 and later drafted Steve Walsh in the supplemental draft.
If the Jaguars want to use a Day 3 pick on a quarterback, they could pursue Texans A&M’s Kellen Mond, whom former Miami Dolphins general manager Mike Tannenbaum is high on, or Stanford’s Davis Mills. This may not be the path the Jags may want to take but one they will have to consider if they trade Minshew.