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David Caldwell would be surprised if Jaguars trade down

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The Jaguars either have their eyes on a player that they know they want with the second overall pick on Thursday night or General Manager David Caldwell is trying to drum up a strong offer to trade out of that slot.

Those are the two sensible conclusions to draw from Caldwell saying Monday, via Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union, that he would be surprised if the Jaguars traded down in the first round. Caldwell also said that the team has finished its internal discussions about who to take with the second pick, which suggests that there’s a pretty clear plan in place in Jacksonville about how to approach the draft this week.

If the Jags do sit at the second spot, they’ll obviously have plenty of ways to go with the pick. They could take an offensive tackle (Luke Joeckel and/or Eric Fisher could be there), an edge rusher (Dion Jordan and Ziggy Ansah’s names have come up in connection with the Jags) or even quarterback Geno Smith if they were blown away by him during the scouting process.

Caldwell also voiced a couple of big differences from his predecessor Gene Smith. He expressed a general preference for players from big schools, something Smith certainly didn’t have, and said that 10-12 players had been struck from the board because of character concerns. Smith was big on “character” guys, stressing it every year when the time for the draft rolled around.

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9 Responses to “David Caldwell would be surprised if Jaguars trade down”
  1. dnelson21 says: Apr 22, 2013 1:50 PM

    I think that unless you will take just an extra 3rd or 4th rounded, no one will give up what it would take point-wise to make this kind of trade. Stay put, take Dion Jordan or Eric Fisher and keep building.

  2. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 22, 2013 1:57 PM

    Surprised, but delighted.

  3. dondiraider says: Apr 22, 2013 2:08 PM

    take an OL…leave Dion for the Raiders!

  4. thirdistheworrd says: Apr 22, 2013 2:42 PM

    That’s some serious leverage you’re building there Dave. Nothing against Caldwell or the organization, but that’s not how business is done. Offer a product, see what the market is like, but don’t seem desperate to make the sale, that just drives down the value of your product.

    There are no Griffins in this class, so getting a king’s ransom for the No.2 pick is unlikely. However, there will certainly be a number of solid offers, and Jacksonville can begin building a young core, while stockpiling draft picks. Whatever happens, this will be a very interesting draft.

  5. mtheparrothead says: Apr 22, 2013 2:47 PM

    @third,

    What team are you making goobs of money gm’ing again?

  6. steelerben says: Apr 22, 2013 3:29 PM

    He’d be surprised about moving down in the draft because no one has offered a trade.

  7. swagjag says: Apr 22, 2013 3:31 PM

    Cough cough… all this smoke..

  8. deltaoracle says: Apr 22, 2013 3:51 PM

    In this draft I would be surprised if anyone wanted to trade up.

  9. thenew013 says: Apr 22, 2013 8:04 PM

    i have heard some amazing things about dion jordan and i am sure someone would love to trade up for him. he is an absolute beast freak athlete and can play multiple positions. no u dont have your future offensive superstar (maybe) but i think jordan is the best defensive prospect this draft has to offer and will be the rock every good nfl defense needs.

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