Urban Meyer learning to focus on value in draft

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Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer is going through the draft process for the first time since making the move to the NFL and he’s learning some new things along the way.

Meyer said at a Wednesday press conference that he finds himself “always looking at need” as a head coach, but his work with General Manager Trent Baalke and others who have been in draft rooms has taught him that you “have to be cautious” rather than chasing players who aren’t ranked as highly on your draft board.

“The whole idea of value is completely new to me. I’m relying on [defensive coordinator] Joe Cullen and [offensive coordinator] Darrell Bevell, and obviously Trent and his staff,” Meyer said, via the team’s website. “I’m a quick learner. The last three or four weeks, this has been our entire life. Trusting the board is key. I’m at the point, almost, where I will trust it. As coach, I can see where we need this, we need this, we need this. That’s where you get yourself in trouble. It’s been a great learning experience for me.”

The lessons may not totally pay off this year. Trevor Lawrence checks all the boxes for the first overall pick and the Jaguars have enough holds across the roster that they can satisfy both needs and value by taking the best player available the rest of the way.

9 responses to “Urban Meyer learning to focus on value in draft

  1. I think free agency will be even more of a shock to Urban when it sinks in that guys will leave for a few extra bucks or won’t even consider the Jags unless the money is right. His entire career has been built around charming recruits and top players flocking to his teams.

  2. They have 4 picks in the first two rounds, if they draft wisely they will be fine in the long run.

  3. For some reason I’m really pulling for Urban Meyer to succeed in the NFL and turn Jacksonville into a contender(not a Jags fan). I’m hoping Urban doesn’t have the same luck Nick Saban,Steve Spurrier,Greg Schiano and Lou Holtz had in the NFL as head coaches.

  4. I would recommend NOT copying off of Trent Baalke’s paper. For every solid 49er he drafted he picked 5-6 reaches who failed, mostly miserably. He suffers from thinking he’s smarter than everyone else…AJ Jenkins anyone? How about LaMichael James? Vance McDonald…Brandon Thomas…Marcus Lattimore..Tank Carradine…on and on…

  5. Trusting Trent Baalke?? One of the worst evaluators and human beings in the business. What could possibly go wrong 🤣

  6. Hahahaha. Relying on Baalke? Worst GM ever. He will push Meyer to pick a bunch of recovering ACL guys and character risks. And we all know how much Meyer loves those guys with character issues

  7. Recruiting and drafting; two completely different worlds. Their 2nd pick will be interesting

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