The Jacksonville Jaguars have a massive need at the quarterback position, so why is it so crazy to think that they may draft Geno Smith with the second overall pick?
From the beginning, new Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell has said that he was planning on bringing in outside competition this offseason for Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne. However, despite all of the movement in the quarterback market so far this offseason the Jaguars have remained idle while all of the other quarterback needy teams have made moves to acquire potential solutions.
With the free agent and trade market finally settled at the quarterback position, there are no legitimate options left for the Jaguars to bring in. With that being said it is safe to assume that they will get their quarterback in the draft, so why not go out and get the guy that most people believe to be the best available signal caller?
The Jaguars have done a ton of work on Smith, sending all of their important decision makers to his pro day at West Virginia. New Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley went as far as to say that Smith exceeded his expectations after they had a meeting.
The new Jaguars front office and coaching staff has said all of the right things about Gabbert so far this offseason, but they do not owe the third-year quarterback anything more than a shot to win the job in training camp. With the new rookie salary structure in place it is far less prohibitive now to take a chance on a quarterback at the top of the first round, so the risk by the Jaguars taking a chance on Smith being a franchise quarterback with the second pick is far outweighed by the risk of passing on him and having him win for another franchise.
So, do not be surprised if Smith winds up with the Jaguars come draft night.