We are less than a week away from this year’s version of the NFL Draft and I have decided that I am not going to believe anything that I read.
The amount of misinformation that gets reported the week leading up to the draft is staggering as teams try to maximize the possibility of getting what they want when they are on the clock Thursday night.
There have been several rumors over the past couple of days about the Jacksonville Jaguars and the seventh pick. I would be surprised if any of it is true because since Gene Smith has become the general manager of the Jaguars, they have been especially good at keeping their true draft intentions a well guarded secret until the commissioner has announced their pick.
Two years ago, nobody had the Jaguars drafting defensive tackle Tyson Alualu. Last year almost every draft expert had mocked defensive end Ryan Kerrigan to the Jaguars, but they traded up six picks and drafted quarterback Blaine Gabbert. In the week leading up to those drafts, nobody saw those moves coming.
So, I find it hard to believe a report from Sports Illustrated’s Peter King this morning that the Jaguars are receiving no interest from teams looking to trade up to the seventh pick. While I don’t doubt that somebody told King that the Jaguars have no chance of trading down on Thursday, the information smells of somebody trying to diminish the value of trading with the Jaguars in hopes of getting the pick for a lower price.
I still think the Jaguars will be able to trade down on Thursday, but for all we know they could be absolutely in love with a prospect and sold on taking them with the seventh pick.
So take everything you read this week with a grain of salt Jaguars fans, chances are it isn’t true.