The Jaguars sent several important decision makers to West Virginia for Thursday’s pro day in which Smith will workout for scouts publicly for the last time prior to the draft. The Jaguars contingent who will be in attendance will include general manager Dave Caldwell, head coach Gus Bradley, offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch, senior vice president Tony Khan and player personnel director Terry McDonough.
Caldwell and the Jaguars have not been shy about their desire to acquire quarterbacks this offseason to compete in an open competition with Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne in training camp. Smith is widely regarded as the top passer available in this draft class, but he is not without his flaws. However, if the Jaguars decision makers believe that Smith is a franchise quarterback they should consider drafting him.
The Jaguars have several needs on their roster, but the most pressing need they possess is finding the franchise quarterback that they have lacked since Mark Brunell left following the 2003 season.
Another potential motive for the Jaguars sending a large contingent to the West Virginia pro day could be to set up a smokescreen for their true intentions during the draft. The second pick in the draft would be more valuable to a team like the Arizona Cardinals or Buffalo Bills if they believed the Jaguars were really interested in Smith. The Jaguars would benefit greatly from being able to trade down and gain more draft picks to help restock their roster with young talent.
Whether they are interested in Smith or not, the Jaguars and their new regime have a tough decision to make in their first draft that could immediately send this franchise in the right direction.