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David Caldwell: There’s one or two players we like, but open to trade

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One of the hardest predictions to make heading into the 2013 draft is what the Jaguars will do with the second overall pick.

New Jaguars General Manager David Caldwell has expressed a preference to draft for need and the Jaguars have plenty of them to fill later this month. They could take a tackle, an edge rusher, a cornerback or a quarterback with their first selection and wind up filling a need on a roster with several holes. Caldwell told Ian Rapoport of NFL.com that he’s not going to tip his hand at all in the weeks leading up to the draft, a point he hammered home by saying that the Jags are both willing to use their pick and trade it to another team.

“We’re ready to pick,” Caldwell said. “So, we know that there’s 1-2 players there that we really like, so we feel good about that. But we’re open to all options on that aspect, too.”

Trading down always seems like a good option, but you need a player to be available at your spot that other teams are clamoring for to make it happen. The best case scenario for the Jaguars might be for robust interest in West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith to develop in the next couple of weeks so that a team is willing to vault into the second spot to assure themselves a chance to grab him.

Of course, the Jags might be interested in grabbing Smith for themselves, so Caldwell’s plan to disguise his team’s intentions seems to be one he’ll pull off without much difficulty.

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19 Responses to “David Caldwell: There’s one or two players we like, but open to trade”
  1. shackdelrio says: Apr 5, 2013 2:34 PM

    Just take Dion Jordan

  2. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 5, 2013 2:42 PM

    Caldwell has been pretty transparent. Jags want to trade back to accumulate more picks. They are rebuilding from scratch. Any veteran player on the team with value will be available in trade on draft day as well.

    1. First round pick is available for far less than draft chart value.

    2. First pick of day two is available for a premium.

    3. First pick of day three is available for a premium.

    That pretty much sums things for the Jags.

    Dion Jordan is a dope who had 5 sacks last year and is 23 years old. Why would you waste a high pick on that?

  3. tdubdizzle says: Apr 5, 2013 2:44 PM

    I don’t know what kind of defense they want to run but star lotulelei has to at least be considered.

  4. raiderapologist says: Apr 5, 2013 2:45 PM

    So the Chiefs, Jags, and Raiders are all willing to trade out, but there is no particular player any team wants to trade up for. It should be a buyer’s market for a team like the Niners that has more picks than they can use.

  5. ruthlssjag says: Apr 5, 2013 2:50 PM

    Geno Smith it is! I’m happy.

  6. ocon171 says: Apr 5, 2013 2:55 PM

    As a jags fan I’m ecstatic that Gene Smith is gone but I don’t like the drafting for need approach. That’s when you end up reaching

  7. swagjag says: Apr 5, 2013 3:12 PM

    I wish the draft was like a drive thru window so Caldwell could just say, “We’ll take one of everything. ..except punters.”

  8. johnnyjagfan says: Apr 5, 2013 3:14 PM

    We’ll take either Dee Millner or an O-lineman.

  9. sddel7 says: Apr 5, 2013 3:16 PM

    Gene Smith would have picked Geno Smith

  10. jpaq68 says: Apr 5, 2013 3:28 PM

    Call Buffalo. They’re desperate to draft Ryan Nassib and are laboring under the misconception that he’s so good that some other team wants him and will trade up to pick him before it’s the Bills turn at number eight.

    A fool and his draft picks are soon parted, so go after the two biggest fools out there – Nix and Marrone.

  11. mjkelly77 says: Apr 5, 2013 3:32 PM

    David Caldwell: There’s one or two players we like, but open to trade
    ____________________

    One OR two? Which is it? Sounds like a lie to me. They’re willing to trade in a millisecond.

  12. regisphilbin says: Apr 5, 2013 3:33 PM

    ocon171 says: Apr 5, 2013 2:55 PM

    As a jags fan I’m ecstatic that Gene Smith is gone but I don’t like the drafting for need approach. That’s when you end up reaching

    ************************
    Reaching will not be a problem for a few years. The only position that is not a need is PUNTER. Thanks a lot Jean Smiff.

  13. steelerben says: Apr 5, 2013 3:58 PM

    So, everyone take this statement at face value. There isn’t a chance that they are feigning disinterest in a quartberback or another player to prevent someone dealing with the Chiefs, who are clearly ready to jump as far out of number one as possible.

    Jedi mind tricks, these are not.

  14. gojags says: Apr 5, 2013 4:25 PM

    Had it been Gene Smith continued as a GM, I’m sure he would mentioned we are 1-2 players away from reaching the promise land just like what he stated last season.

    Glad Dave Caldwell is not living in that fantasy world and in put words in reality that “we know that there’s 1-2 players there that we really like”.

  15. *Legion* says: Apr 5, 2013 4:31 PM

    The team needs a QB, but Geno Smith isn’t the guy.

    They could very well take one at the top of the 2nd round, but they’re not spending pick #2 on Geno Smith.

  16. vincentbojackson says: Apr 5, 2013 6:08 PM

    In other words, “I have no idea what I’m doing”.

  17. 13arod says: Apr 5, 2013 7:43 PM

    just trade for tebow and get better wide recievers and offensive line and you will win

  18. joetoronto says: Apr 6, 2013 4:28 AM

    This team will continue to underspend and the fans will continue to support Khan.

    Amazing, SMH.

  19. petedutcher says: Apr 6, 2013 6:19 AM

    Geno Smith will be a complete bust in the NFL. The kid barely knows left from right (see Gruden QB camp).

    He comes off stupid. The two most overrated QBs in the NFL will be Cam Newton and Geno Smith.

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