In 2012, the Jacksonville Jaguars traded up in the NFL Draft to acquire play-making wide receiver Justin Blackmon with the third overall pick. Things will be different for the club this year as the only way they can trade up is if they make a deal with the Kansas City Chiefs for pick number one, and that is not happening. The Jaguars have a few decisions as draft day nears, but they should not deal the number two pick.
Obviously, this draft class is one of the weakest in league history, and the asking price for the Jaguars’ pick is not nearly as high as it was last season when the Washington Redskins traded up for Robert Griffin III. Mock drafts currently have Jacksonville selecting Dion Jordan with the pick and I think this Oregon Duck would be a great fit for new head coach Gus Bradley.
As the Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator for three years, Bradley knows a lot about that side of the ball. The Jags need a pass rusher like Jordan as the franchise has not had a player record double digit sacks since Bobby McCray had 10 in 2006.
If general manager Dave Caldwell decides to trade down, he better get quite the package in return–Caldwell has already said he is content with keeping the second overall pick. As I alluded to, this draft class is not as cut and dry as years past which puts teams looking to trade down at a great disadvantage. It would be best for the Jaguars to draft Jordan second overall and fix other positions without trading a top five pick.