The past few days largely have been a blur, and I just realized that I’ve yet to share in this space one of my latest crackpot hypotheses. Then again, maybe I have.
Either way, I’m on the Acela Express heading back to Baltimore and it’s either write this or sleep.
The Jaguars’ decision to select defensive end Tyson Alualu with the tenth overall pick in the draft caused the same sort of head scratching that occurred eight years ago, when the Bengals picked tackle Levi Jones in the same slot. In both cases, the teams could have traded down and still gotten their men.
The Bengals didn’t because, well, they’re the Bengals. The Jaguars possibly were hoping to avoid taking Alualu in a spot closer to the position at which quarterback Tim Tebow exited the pool. Indeed, G.M. Gene Smith recently said that the Jaguars thought highly of Tebow, but not sufficiently highly to make the 2007 Heisman winner the tenth overall pick. If they’d been able to slide down, say, 10 spots to get Alualu, the decision to pass on Tebow would have been harder to defend.
Meanwhile, the fact that the guy who signs the checks didn’t instruct his football people to get themselves in position to draft Tebow makes us wonder whether the franchise truly hopes to remain in its current location, or whether the long-term plan is to eventually declare defeat in Jacksonville and sell the franchise for more than a billion dollars to interests in L.A. or London. After all, Wayne Weaver expressly said that his franchise wouldn’t “force a pick,” and the prevailing sentiment regarding the selection of Alualu at No. 10 is that it was as big of a reach as taking Tebow would have been.
So why not draft the guy who would singlehandedly guarantee the sale of enough seats to sell out the home stadium on a consistent basis?
Then again, maybe I just should have slept on the train.