By Tyler Ruby on May 6, 2014
At No. 3, the Jaguars have all sorts of options to upgrade their team at the 2014 NFL Draft. Whoever they select should have an immediate impact on their team, whether that is on the offensive or defensive side of the ball. Read on to find out the latest rumors surrounding the Jaguars entering this year's NFL Draft that you have to know.
Taking an offensive lineman early in the draft is typically a safe pick. By taking Jake Matthews out of Texas A&M, the best tackle available, the Jaguars' offensive line will be bookended by Aggie teammates after the selection of Luke Joeckel in last year's draft. Now all the Jaguars need to do is find a quality quarterback.
Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell recently called Johnny Manziel the most NFL-ready quarterback in the draft, and honestly, I believe that the Jaguars would make a big mistake if they don't take Manziel in this spot if he is available. Not only will he sell tickets and make the Jaguars relevant again, he has the highest ceiling of any quarterback in the draft.
The Detroit Lions and the Buffalo Bills are looking to get into the top-five, and the Jaguars may have found themselves a trade partner. The Jaguars need a lot of help, and if they are able to trade back and gather more picks, it may be more effective than holding onto the pick.
The Jaguars cannot enter the 2014 season with Chad Henne as their starting quarterback, so that leads me to believe that they will take a quarterback at some point in the first three rounds. If they don't take Johnny Manziel or Blake Bortles, could they wait until the second or third round to take a Derek Carr, A.J. McCarron or Jimmy Garoppolo? One thing is clear though, they need a quarterback.
With Justin Blackmon's future uncertain, there is a big hole left in their receiving corps. In steps Sammy Watkins. He is the top receiver in the draft, and he immediately brings top-end speed to the field. He gives the Jaguars' quarterback, whomever that may be, a legitimate outside threat from Week 1.
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