The Jaguars aren’t leaving many stones unturned as they set up their board ahead of next month’s draft.
As reported by various outlets over the last couple of days, they are meeting with several of the top prospects in this year’s class this week. Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack, Auburn tackle Greg Robinson, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr, Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles, Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr were included in those reports, but the list doesn’t end there.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins is also headed to Jacksonville for a visit on Thursday. There are a couple of projected early picks not on that list, although Jaguars coach Gus Bradley has already praised South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney’s work at his recent pro day.
That’s a lot of names playing all over the field, which is likely just the way the Jaguars want it with a month to go until Roger Goodell starts calling names from New York City. For a team that needs a little bit of everything, it makes sense to cast a wide net in terms your own research as well as keeping other teams from feeling comfortable that their desired player will make it past the third pick of the draft.