Jacksonville Jaguars Should Attempt To Trade Down In NFL Draft
The Jacksonville Jaguars have a chance to do something that they have rarely done in their existence this April and trade back out of the top 10 picks and pick up some extra selections later in the NFL Draft.
Jaguars general manager Gene Smith is always searching for the best value he can get in the draft, and I think this year the Jaguars can afford to move out of the top 10 and still be able to select one of the prospects that they are targeting.
If you look at the Jaguars biggest needs this off-season, the most glaring weak spot on their roster is at wide receiver. However, I do not believe that there is a wide receiver in this draft class worth the seventh overall pick. Jaguars fans have had dreams of seeing Justin Blackmon in Jacksonville next season, but most draft experts expect him to tumble down draft boards after he runs his 40-yard dash. Someone will ultimately select Blackmon in the top 10, but he is more of a sure-handed possession receiver who relies on his ability to run after the catch to make an impact.
There are other first round wide receiver prospects that have better speed and home run ability than Blackmon possesses. One of the prospects that the Jaguars could move down and select is Baylor wide receiver Kendall Wright. There are rumors that Wright has already passed Blackmon on some teams draft boards.
Sure, the Jaguars could stay put at seven and select Wright, but they could move down 10 or so spots in the first round and still be able to select him. A move that drastic could net the Jaguars another second round pick to help try and address their other needs like defensive end and cornerback.