Shad Khan will be a hands-on owner in using the first pick in the 2021 NFL draft

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Shad Khan wants the next general manager of the Jaguars to know he’ll be working for a hands-on owner.

Khan told reporters today that he has control of the team’s roster and will retain that control even after the team hires a general manager.

“I kept the roster control and the candidates, the General Manager candidates, I’ve been talking to them, that for the immediate future I’m going to keep the roster control. And I want the coach to know that also,” Khan said.

That doesn’t mean Khan will be micromanaging every practice squad signing and waiver claim, but Khan sounds like he wants to have final say over who the Jaguars select with the first overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft.

“What’s evaded the history of the Jags, really, has been a franchise quarterback,” Khan said. “We have the ability now to make a choice and it’s going to define the franchise moving forward.”

The reality is, the owner always has the ultimate, final say. Some owners are very hands-off and some are very hands-on, but the owner makes the call. And with a call as important as the first pick in the draft (which will probably be Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence but could be Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields), Khan is the decider.

20 responses to “Shad Khan will be a hands-on owner in using the first pick in the 2021 NFL draft

  1. Well, when has that ever NOT worked out?
    Asking for a friend.
    Whose name rhymes with Gerry Bones.

  2. Careful with the youtube videos, Khan. All of the fancy draft ‘experts’ that rank a QB high before the draft won’t take responsibility if he flames out after you pick him.

  3. Look at the proven track record of rich men who buy football teams knowing exactly who will workout in the NFL. After all, these owners got to where they are by working up the ladder spending tireless hours for years upon years evaluating football players……. oh wait, that’s the GM they are rendering null and invalid.

  4. It would be amazing if he drafted Fields and not Trevor Lawrence.
    Probably the organization will try and educate him.

  5. Well, that’s been part of the problem for the Jaguars all along, hasn’t it? Easy to predict this franchise will continue to stink.

  6. Telling everybody you had control of the Jags roster is like bragging that you were head of the iceberg watch for the titanic.

  7. That always works out well. Jaguar fans actually think they’re close though, lol.

  8. Translation: the Jaguars taking Trevor who’s already wildly popular in the South with Football fans.

  9. Yeah, because he’s done such a great job as owner the last nine seasons….what could possibly go wrong.

  10. The headline doesn’t show how awful that quote is. Honestly it’s ok if he wants to be “hands-on” in drafting just the first pick, which is Trevor Lawrence. But the rest of the roster and draft picks? Yikes.

  11. I hope they take Trevor so I can enjoy him getting snapped in half while throwing ints.

  12. I watched the virtual press conference, and he didn’t say anything about making the first pick in the draft. He just wants more involvement. And who can blame him, after 9 years as a hands-off owner leading to a record number of losses?

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