5 Potential First-Round Scenarios for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2014 NFL Draft
Five Possible First-Round Scenarios For Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jacksonville Jaguars have the No. 3 overall pick in the upcoming 2014 NFL Draft, and even though we are still a few months away from the selection it’s never too early to start predicting what could happen.
As things stand right now, there are only few things we already know. The Jaguars have holes all over their roster, they have to draft a QB – as both Chad Henne and Blaine Gabbert are not the long-term answer – and most importantly the owner of the team already said that the idea is to draft a QB or maybe two if possible.
What happens in the next few months will be quite uncertain, though. Since the Jags don’t have the No. 1 overall pick, they need to see what is available when their time comes. While the No. 3 pick is a very good option to pick up an impact talent, the Jaguars have several routes they can take in order to improve the team as much as possible.
The Jaguars could choose to do what is expected and draft a QB, but the choices don’t end there. Head coach Gus Bradley and GM David Caldwell could improve another area of the team first – considering there are plenty of solid signal-callers available in this year’s class – or they could even trade their pick in order to land more selections. The more players at team drafts, the higher chances it has of landing an impact player.
It remains to be seen what will happen in the end, but these are five potential first-round scenarios for the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2014 NFL Draft.
5. Draft Jadeveon Clowney
Despite the fact that owner Shad Khan wants to pick a QB in the first-round, David Caldwell might feel safer addressing the defensive needs, and in that sense Jadeveon Clowney is the team’s best bet. The Jags need a pass-rusher, and Clowney is the best out there so it makes sense for both parties if he’s available.
4. Trade Down The Board
The Jacksonville Jaguars have several needs all over their roster so it makes sense to trade down in order to get more picks. While this is an unlikely scenario since Shad Khan said the idea is to draft a QB early, it could happen if the offer is too tempting to pass.
3. Draft Johnny Manziel
Plenty of people want Johnny Manziel managing the Jaguars’ offense next season, but in order for that to happen he needs to be available with the No. 3 pick and impress both David Caldwell and Gus Bradley. It could be an option, but it’s a long reach.
2. Draft Teddy Bridgewater
Teddy Bridgewater is the safest option to become an NFL star out of all the talented QBs available, but it seems unlikely he will be with the Jaguars next year. The Houston Texans – who have the No. 1 overall pick – are rumored to like him a lot, and it’s not out of the picture that another team trades up with the St. Louis Rams just to pick him second. If he’s available with the third pick, however, then it’s a no-brainer for the Jags.
1. Draft Blake Bortles
The UCF product doesn’t have the popularity of Johnny Manziel or the readiness of Teddy Bridgewater, but he’s a safe bet in the sense that he has the arm, the muscle and the familiarity with the coaching staff. It wouldn’t be a surprise if he ends up with the Jags after the draft.