The NFL draft is a few days away, which means teams are finalizing their strategies before going on the clock. The Jacksonville Jaguars will be the second team on on the clock this Thursday, and while they haven’t stated directly who they will take, general manager Dave Caldwell heavily hinted that the team will be taking a popular name second overall.
There’s two things to take from that. The first is that the Jaguars will be taking a big program player, meaning guys like Eric Fisher are out in this scenario. The second thing to take away from this is that the Jaguars likely won’t be trading down, as has been speculated recently.
— Ryan O’Halloran (@ryanohalloran) April 22, 2013
With the Jaguars likely leaning on a big program player, the speculation switches to who the Jaguars will take. Dion Jordan appears to be the odds-favorite to be the pick when the Jaguars go on the board as he provides Jacksonville with what they need. The Jaguars need a speedy edge rusher to give them a fierce presence up front, but BYU’s Ziggy Ansah fits that role as well.
Obviously, Geno Smith will enter the equation anytime a team with a questionable quarterback situation goes on the clock, but it’s looking like Smith won’t be the pick for Jacksonville if they’re as high on Jordan as some are saying.
Essentially, there is no way to tell what the Jaguars will do when they go on the clock at No. 2 overall. But while there’s plenty of mystery surrounding the pick, one ting appears to be certain — unless the deal to end all deals comes along, the Jaguars will be selecting second overall and no lower than that.