David Caldwell pleased to be out of the Top 5, hoping to draft at No. 32

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The Jaguars had a Top 5 draft pick for six straight years. This year was different, and they liked it that way.

Last week was David Caldwell’s sixth draft as the G.M. of the Jaguars, but it was a very different experience because they were picking 29th. Caldwell is happy to be coming off an AFC Championship Game appearance and hoping to draft even later next year.

“It was actually very enjoyable,” he said. “The goal is to get to No. 32 and we’re getting closer and closer.”

When you’re picking 29th, there are more possibilities for players to be chosen ahead of you, and Caldwell said he had a pretty good idea of who would be remaining on the board when the Jaguars’ pick came up. Caldwell said he does look at mock drafts, which rarely get picks exactly right but often put players in the correct general range.

“There is some validity to those,” Caldwell said. “It’s a good baseline for some checks and balances.”

Once No. 29 came up, Caldwell took defensive tackle Taven Bryan. Although the defensive front isn’t necessarily a need for the Jaguars, Caldwell said Bryan will play plenty of snaps this year.

“There’s a lot more to come from him,” Caldwell said. “He’s big, he’s physical, he’s got excellent quickness off the ball, he uses his hands really well and he can be very disruptive in our defense.”

Perhaps Bryan can help the Jaguars earn the 32nd pick in next year’s draft.

21 responses to “David Caldwell pleased to be out of the Top 5, hoping to draft at No. 32

  1. It doesn’t matter how many more defensive players they add. They have a great defense. As a matter of fact, if teams only had to play defense and not offense, the Jags may have made the Superbowl.

    The problem is they don’t trust their offense not to screw up as evidenced in the Pats game. First team in playoff history to run out the clock from the 2 minute mark because they were scared to death of running an offensive play.

    Draft all the defensive players you want, only 11 can be on the field at one time. The problem with the offense still hasn’t been addressed, either by replacing players or replacing the coach.

  2. They are solid, and picking 32 is a good goal… but, I don’t see it happening with Bortles. I know, I know, Dilfer, Brad Johnson, Flacco, and a worn out old P. Manning all won Super Bowls, but this Jags D is NOT on the level of those Defenses… at least not yet anyways.

  3. eagleswin says:
    May 2, 2018 at 8:25 am
    It doesn’t matter how many more defensive players they add. They have a great defense. As a matter of fact, if teams only had to play defense and not offense, the Jags may have made the Superbowl.

    The problem is they don’t trust their offense not to screw up as evidenced in the Pats game. First team in playoff history to run out the clock from the 2 minute mark because they were scared to death of running an offensive play.

    Draft all the defensive players you want, only 11 can be on the field at one time. The problem with the offense still hasn’t been addressed, either by replacing players or replacing the coach.

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    Many teams have lost to the Pats….there is no crime in that. And the Jags put together enough offense to pound the Steelers twice last season. It look like there are now two teams in the AFC for which Tomlin has no answer. Fortunately the Steelers get to play in the cream-puff AFC North.

  4. nhpats says:
    May 2, 2018 at 10:13 am
    eagleswin says:
    May 2, 2018 at 8:25 am
    It doesn’t matter how many more defensive players they add. They have a great defense. As a matter of fact, if teams only had to play defense and not offense, the Jags may have made the Superbowl.

    The problem is they don’t trust their offense not to screw up as evidenced in the Pats game. First team in playoff history to run out the clock from the 2 minute mark because they were scared to death of running an offensive play.

    Draft all the defensive players you want, only 11 can be on the field at one time. The problem with the offense still hasn’t been addressed, either by replacing players or replacing the coach.

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    Many teams have lost to the Pats….there is no crime in that. And the Jags put together enough offense to pound the Steelers twice last season. It look like there are now two teams in the AFC for which Tomlin has no answer. Fortunately the Steelers get to play in the cream-puff AFC North.

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    A Pats fan talking about Cream-puff divisions…HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

  5. nhpats says:

    Many teams have lost to the Pats….there is no crime in that. And the Jags put together enough offense to pound the Steelers twice last season. It look like there are now two teams in the AFC for which Tomlin has no answer. Fortunately the Steelers get to play in the cream-puff AFC North.
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    I get teams lose to the Pats but when you have a team beat and let them off because you don’t trust one side that’s another story. You win and lose as a team and everyone trusts everyone, but that was not the case in that game, go look at it again and watch the play calling. And the Steelers D wasn’t good anyways.

  6. Picking Taven Bryan fits into Coughlin’s defensive line platoon system. Giants succeeded having a massive front line and keeping them fresh. Also, good teams draft for the needs of next year. Few picks make a huge impact in year 1. Bryan can learn from the veterans this year and get stronger. Jags likely can’t keep all the salaries on the DL next year so goal is for Bryan to fill the gap. Sounds good in theory — hoping that’s how it works.

  7. Part of what makes Belichick so amazing – picking last, or last few, almost every year for 16yrs. Anyway, yes Jags are a top-2 AFC contender! But for SB53, after the Pats, Oddshark bizarrely has them ranked behind Steelers, Texans, Raiders – and then behind Broncos (an insult!) – and merely tied 6th with Chargers (double insult!). Don’t see a legit reason for that and if I was a gambling man both they (and the Chiefs, ranked 8th) are worth laying out a few pennies on imho.

  8. youreasoldierbodie says:
    May 2, 2018 at 10:19 am
    A Pats fan talking about Cream-puff divisions…HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
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    Brady v Steelers is 11-2 despite 8 of those games in Pitt. That’s a better % than he has against the Dolphins (21-10) and even against the Jets (24-8). AFCN are the Least nowadays.

  9. Why they lost to the Patriots? 2 of their Pro bowlers on defence – edge rushers – Calais Campbell and Yannick Ngakoue got hurt during the game. Dante Fowler, former 3rd overall pick and a player, who many of the fans want out of the Jacksonville, got 2 sacks on Tom Brady. The defence had a good game, but ran out of bodies on the line. And Myles Jack wasn’t down. Go Jaguars!

  10. pmuraus says:
    May 2, 2018 at 10:53 am
    Why they lost to the Patriots? 2 of their Pro bowlers on defence – edge rushers – Calais Campbell and Yannick Ngakoue got hurt..
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    And why the Jags even had a chance? 17 Pats starters were IR, many all season long.

  11. streetyson says:
    May 2, 2018 at 10:47 am
    youreasoldierbodie says:
    May 2, 2018 at 10:19 am
    A Pats fan talking about Cream-puff divisions…HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
    ——————————–
    Brady v Steelers is 11-2 despite 8 of those games in Pitt. That’s a better % than he has against the Dolphins (21-10) and even against the Jets (24-8). AFCN are the Least nowadays.

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    Yup. I cannot even remember the last time the Pats lost to an AFC North team. Cream-puff division.

  12. “It worked for Dilfer, so it can work for Bortles”

    Not necessarily. In the years since Dilfer retired what defenders can do has been gutted by rules changes that favor the offense. Hits that used to be the norm are now outlawed or draw flags and defenders are much more limited these days.

  13. They don’t win the division this year with Deshaun Watson back. They will have to battle for a wildcard spot. With a couple of AFC teams improving, I think the Jaguars miss the playoffs all together and it will be another year of great defense wasted on Bortles.

  14. streetyson says:
    May 2, 2018 at 11:11 am
    pmuraus says:
    May 2, 2018 at 10:53 am
    Why they lost to the Patriots? 2 of their Pro bowlers on defence – edge rushers – Calais Campbell and Yannick Ngakoue got hurt..
    —————-
    And why the Jags even had a chance? 17 Pats starters were IR, many all season long.
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    17 Pats starters on IR? Laughable. You do know the Patriots is Tom Brady and the nobody’s right. No one outside of Boston can name anyone other than him and Gronkowski year after year cause it’s a team full of misfits that Brady carries year after year. Not opinion, just facts

  15. pmuraus says:
    May 2, 2018 at 10:53 am
    Why they lost to the Patriots? 2 of their Pro bowlers on defence – edge rushers – Calais Campbell and Yannick Ngakoue got hurt during the game. Dante Fowler, former 3rd overall pick and a player, who many of the fans want out of the Jacksonville, got 2 sacks on Tom Brady. The defence had a good game, but ran out of bodies on the line. And Myles Jack wasn’t down. Go Jaguars!

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    The Patriots also lost Gronk in that game! I would says the future hall of famer is a much more significant loss.

  16. Bortles had a good year (for him). If he has a bad year this year they don’t make the playoffs. He is still the weak cog in jags team.

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