Jacksonville Jaguars Should Not Draft Geno Smith

By Andrew Fisher
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While most mock drafts don’t project the Jacksonville Jaguars will select quarterback Geno Smith, it’s a move that some consider a possibility. With Jacksonville’s recent struggles at quarterback, it’s only natural that people think the team should go after the best available player at that position. Smith is the odds on favorite to be a franchise QB out of this year’s class, so I suppose it’s a selection that most teams would ponder.

But should the Jags seriously consider taking Smith with the No. 2 pick? The answer is – no way.

Blaine Gabbert is far from proven as an NFL quarterback, but he’s only entering his third season as pro. Most people have already written him off, but the reality is that he showed improvement in his second season. Injuries ultimately ended his season prematurely, but overall, he took a step forward. Not a big step, but still one in the right direction.

I think it would be wise to give Gabbert one more year before calling him a bust. He’s only 23-years old, and it would be waste to take him 10th overall three years ago, and only give him two years.

Let me be clear, I’m not saying Gabbert is the man for Jacksonville. I’m just saying why take a QB who could turn out to be another Gabbert? There are no players like Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III in this year’s class, so why not stick with the guy they hand-picked just a few years back?

Geno Smith is the No. 1 quarterback in this year’s draft, by default. Because he plays quarterback, he’ll likely go in the top-10, but the No. 2 position is just too much of stretch for the Jaguars.

If a similar situation comes around next year early in the draft, then maybe they should take a chance on a quarterback like Smith.


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