Smith gets something for nothing ... again

October, 18, 2010
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jaguars’ weak spot is safety. The expectation is it’s a position they’ll target in the draft in April right along with quarterback.

We could see a complete overhaul at the spot akin to what the Jaguars did this offseason on the defensive line.

For the second time this season, Gene Smith has taken a player at his team’s worst position and turned him into something for later.

First, he sent Reggie Nelson to Cincinnati for cornerback David Jones and a conditional draft pick. On Sunday, Smith shipped Anthony Smith to Green Bay for a conditional seventh-rounder.

Late picks aren’t gold, but stockpiling whatever he can get for players who don’t have long-term futures here is smart and smooth.

In the meantime, the Jaguars will try to stay competitive this season with what they have. Gerald Alexander, who was cut but later re-signed, will remain at free safety tonight against the Titans. Courtney Greene and converted corner Don Carey are expected to see time at strong safety.

The Jaguars also have Sean Considine and Tyron Brackenridge and recently added Mike Hamlin to their practice squad.

They hope Nelson and Smith will do what’s needed to meet the conditions that net them the picks, and that they'll be able to use those picks to maneuver for guys they like in April, or to find a late-round surprise or two.

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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