CBS Sports’ Rob Rang detailed the keen attention the Jags paid to Smith.
“The Jacksonville Jaguars, who hold the No. 2 selection behind Kansas City in the draft, wanted to meet with him,” Rang reported. “Smith held a long, in-depth session with first-year Jaguars coach Gus Bradley, who was part of a large Jacksonville contingent that included team president Mark Lamping.”
The 6-2, 218-pound gunslinger is projected by many as the top-rated quarterback in a draft class that is believed to be relatively weak at the position. It is also widely speculated that the Kansas City Chiefs will either draft an offensive tackle first overall — particularly Texas A&M’s Luke Joeckel or Central Michigan’s Eric Fisher — after cutting tackle Eric Winston and trading for quarterback Alex Smith this offseason.
This scenario would allow Geno Smith to drop down at No. 2.
Jacksonville’s need at quarterback can be traced back to the underwhelming display shown by Blaine Gabbert since being drafted 10th overall, requiring the Jaguars to actually trade up six picks in 2010. His career stats thus far total 25 appearances, 24 starts, 21 touchdowns, 17 interceptions and 70.2 quarterback rating. The Jags’ two-year span has seen a record of 7-25 and two coaches fired.
If Bradley is to succeed early in his tenure it will probably require a significantly raised level of play from the quarterback position, though Jacksonville possesses many major needs that could be satisfied with the second pick.