The Jaguars infamously haven’t drafted a quarterback since Byron Leftwich. Really.
We expect that trend to change this year, and a lot of Jaguars fans hope it changes in round one or round two. The tricky part: Will the right guy fall to them?
Choosing at No. 16, Cam Newton and Blaine Gabbert figure to be off the board. Most analysts would argue that Jake Locker, Ryan Mallett, and Christian Ponder might be a stretch at that point.
The next Jaguars pick is at No. 49. There is a chance the best of the second crop of quarterback prospects (Ponder, Colin Kaepernick, Andy Dalton) could be gone by then and it’s fair to wonder if the Jaguars will trade up. They have an extra fourth-round pick.
Gene Frenette of the Florida Times-Union believes it’s unlikely to happen and G.M. Gene Smith doesn’t like trading up.
“Would I [trade up]? Yes, but it’d have to be a special situation,” Smith said.
Smith has done a great job the last two years by thinking originally. He’s successfully taken guys well before draftniks thought they would go off the board. (Tyson Alualu, Derrick Cox, and Terrance Knighton among them).
The Jaguars are among the toughest teams to predict; their fans just hope Smith surprises them with a quarterback early this year.