Doug Pederson: “Never a split” on what to do with first pick

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There were a number of players linked to the Jaguars after they secured the first overall pick in this year’s draft and there was a point when reports indicated head coach Doug Pederson was pushing for an offensive lineman over a defensive player.

Jacksonville made their long-awaited selection on Thursday night and it was edge rusher Travon Walker out of Georgia. Jaguars head coach Doug Pederson and General Manager Trent Baalke held a press conference after the selection was announced and Pederson cut off a reporter asking a question about those reports to say there was “never a split” about what direction to take with the top pick.

“It was never that way, I don’t know where that came from,” Pederson said.

One imagines there were a lot of discussions about what direction to go over the last few months, but word that Walker would be the pick began growing several days ago and it seems unlikely that would have been the case if there were a deep divide about which path to take.

7 responses to “Doug Pederson: “Never a split” on what to do with first pick

  1. Baalke always picks the combine warriors over players with production in college. His track record is, to put it lightly, is not good. Good luck to Jaguars with this pick

  2. Well they overpaid all those average players in free agency. Why not take an average player with the first overall pick??

  3. The Jags just made it crystal clear, they’re not interested at all in protecting Lawrence!

  4. So they consider this kid an “edge rusher”, eh? Ok then. I’m a UGA fan, this kid was never one of the guys you were always keeping your eye on. He did some disruptive things but I believe he benefited MASSIVELY from the incredible talent around him.

    I’m not a believer in Hutchinson either because I don’t think he has the explosiveness, quickness, strength or moves to get past NFL OTs.

    I don’t think either of these 2 guys will achieve anything close to Maxx Crosby status at the next level. Thibodeaux I’m not so sure about.

    JAX should have done something to help Trevor out with the #1 overall IMO.

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