Jaguars didn’t consider taking Lamar Jackson at No. 29

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The Jaguars had few draft needs, which allowed them to go for luxury with the 29th overall selection. They decided not to use that luxury pick on one of the more intriguing prospects in the draft: Former Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson.

Appearing on PFT Live, G.M. Dave Caldwell explained that Jackson, whom Caldwell and executive V.P. of football operations Tom Coughlin praised before the draft, wasn’t in the mix for the pick that ultimately became defensive tackle Taven Bryan.

“He was not at the time,” Caldwell said. “We did think very highly as him as a player. With his ability to create and create plays with his feet. We felt like that he was going to eventually be a player — that he could develop into a player that you can win with. That wasn’t the situation that we had for us with the pick at 29. We had some guys that we really coveted that we felt could come in and help us right away this year.”

So, basically, the Jaguars saw Jackson as a project and Bryan as a more immediate contributor. And, obviously, the Jaguars weren’t willing to roll the dice on a guy who could become the successor, in time, to Blake Bortles.

While Caldwell wouldn’t say whether the Jaguars would have taken Jackson in a later round, Caldwell wasn’t surprised that Jackson went in round one, three picks after the Jaguars were on the clock.

“I was not,” Caldwell said. “We did a lot of work on him. We saw him play here in his bowl game. He played here in Jacksonville. You know, he’s a tremendous athlete. He’s got a rare skill set in terms of what he can do with his feet. And I think organizationally if you commit to a player like him you can win. And you’ve seen it done with players similar to his skillset.”

Eventually, we may see it done for Baltimore. Possibly at some point against Jacksonville. Maybe in a playoff game.

20 responses to “Jaguars didn’t consider taking Lamar Jackson at No. 29

  1. Wait, Caldwell wasn’t surprised Jackson went in round 2? He should have been, since Jaskson went with the last pick of round 1.

  2. I’m waiting for the media to start pimping their fav player ever…CK…to the Jags since the Jags passed on the media’s fav player in the draft, Lamar Jackson.
    I’m proud of the Jags for doing what’s best for them, and also proud of the entire NFL for not enabling CK, his cronies, or the lapdog media.

  3. Versus a rotational 2 down lineman?

    They didn’t want to commit to his ‘skillset’. Coughlin wants a traditional drop back passer. Nothing wrong with whatever philosophy works, as Coughlin has proved he is a difference maker.

    I guess it’s better than the brutal under the bus comments that Highsmith is throwing around. So diplomacy, it is.

  4. Jackson is an incredible athlete, and has a strong arm.

    But he does not have NFL accuracy.

    A lot of comments like to compare Jackson to Desean Watson. But Jackson’s completion percentage in college was 10% lower than Watson’s.

    Watch the Gator Bowl, played in the Jaguars home stadium. Jackson was 13/31 171 yards 2 TD’s and 4 INT’s. Is that what you want from a first round QB?

  5. Wait, Caldwell wasn’t surprised Jackson went in round 2? He should have been, since Jaskson went with the last pick of round 1.
    FYI:
    Jax was picking at #29, Jackson went #32!

  6. damn fools;

    Blake Bortles by far is the worst starting QB in the league among playoff calibre teams;

    he will NEVER, EVER outplay another QB or exploit another team’s weaknesses consistently;

    he proved that last season when the Patriots were ripe for the plucking and Bortles couldn’t throw one pass over a defender’s head;

    two weeks later, the Eagles did all day long, and with a career backup QB;

    it’s just stupidity to build a defence to that level and then send the offence out with only ten capable players;

    Jacksonville should’ve traded him to the browns or Jets when they had the chance;

    wait, they still do with cleveland…but if they’re so dumb they passed up on Jackson, who will most likely turn into the next Deshaun Watson…

  7. Taven Bryan was the #11 rated prospect by NFL.com. He and Jackson both have great personality and character, but Bryan’s skill set is rarer. Lamar didn’t run a fast 40 coming out of HS, (4.77) and he would have disappointed if he ran for the NFL scouts. Plus he had the lowest ball speed at the Combine (tied with Quinten Flowers). He MIGHT be a decent NFL QB, but there isn’t a lot to work with in terms of measurables. Lowest Wonderlic score as well. Jax got their “sexy” pick in Round 2. D.J. Chark is a taller, longer, Mike Wallace.

  8. Another year of great defense wasted on Blake Bortles is coming up. They are not winning the division with Deshaun Watson back in the lineup.

  9. Quarterbacks that draw a lot of praise for the plays they make with their feet don’t have a very good track record in the NFL. I’ve been calling Jackson Kordell Stewart 2.0 for months, and I have yet to see anything that would make me change that description.

  10. elyasm says:
    May 3, 2018 at 11:44 am
    Quarterbacks that draw a lot of praise for the plays they make with their feet don’t have a very good track record in the NFL. I’ve been calling Jackson Kordell Stewart 2.0 for months, and I have yet to see anything that would make me change that description.

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    Blake Bortles had to rely on his feet to beat the Bills in the playoffs. He looked horrible throwing the football. If the Bills had a half way decent QB, the Jaguars lose that game and very likely the Jaguars draft a QB. Lamar Jackson is a better athlete and a better thrower than Bortles. The Jaguars will regret passing on him.

  11. It would have been cool to have him, but it would have been a big retooling of the offence. Coughlin builds from the trenches. Strong offensive line, strong defensive line, run the ball, and play action. The pick is right up that alley.

  12. dreemeagle says:

    May 3, 2018 at 9:51 am

    damn fools;

    Blake Bortles by far is the worst starting QB in the league among playoff calibre teams;

    he will NEVER, EVER outplay another QB or exploit another team’s weaknesses consistently;

    he proved that last season when the Patriots were ripe for the plucking and Bortles couldn’t throw one pass over a defender’s head;

    two weeks later, the Eagles did all day long, and with a career backup QB;

    it’s just stupidity to build a defence to that level and then send the offence out with only ten capable players;

    Jacksonville should’ve traded him to the browns or Jets when they had the chance;

    wait, they still do with cleveland…but if they’re so dumb they passed up on Jackson, who will most likely turn into the next Deshaun Watson…””
    —————————————–

    Jags woulda whooped the Eagles in the SB had they made it…

  13. the overrated jags will come back to earth this season….their vaunted pass defense was absolutely shredded by garappolo, then big ben threw 5 td’s and over 500 yards (luckily for the jags, the steeler defense was bad as well), and even two yard tommie had his way with the pass dee…..bortles was lucky when he had to be….

  14. shackdelrio says:
    May 3, 2018 at 9:10 am
    Jackson is an incredible athlete, and has a strong arm.

    But he does not have NFL accuracy.

    A lot of comments like to compare Jackson to Desean Watson. But Jackson’s completion percentage in college was 10% lower than Watson’s.

    Watch the Gator Bowl, played in the Jaguars home stadium. Jackson was 13/31 171 yards 2 TD’s and 4 INT’s. Is that what you want from a first round QB?

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    Mike Williams would have helped his numbers a bit.

  15. Jags should have taken a veteran QB. Alex Smith would have been the perfect fit. Guy who makes great decisions with the football and can run. I’m a fan of the Jags but not BB. They are a veteran QB away from a SB

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