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Wednesday, April 15, 2009
MJD extension means Jags should skip RB early

By Paul Kuharsky
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

The Jacksonville Jaguars intend to feature Maurice Jones-Drew more than ever on offense. They let Fred Taylor go and Wednesday they signed MJD to a four-year extension worth $32 million according to ESPN.com senior writer John Clayton.

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It's a good move.

With their big investments now in Jones-Drew and quarterback David Garrard, I'm having trouble falling in line with all the speculation that Jaguars first-year general manager Gene Smith will draft Mark Sanchez at No. 8 or look to bump back a bit to grab Ohio State running back Chris "Beanie" Wells.

The Jaguars have too many glaring needs -- at receiver, at offensive tackle, at defensive tackle and in the defensive backfield -- to be able to spend the pick on a position they've already invested a lot in.

If they brought in Sanchez, they'd have a quarterback controversy. No, Garrard's not proven himself, but he deserves a year with better protection and weapons to show if they made the right call tabbing him as the man.

And Wells and MJD would be a nice one-two punch in the backfield. But the team wants Jones-Drew to carry more of the load and seems determined to give Greg Jones some carries. A good second back may be a need, but it hardly matches the other holes.

To me, Sanchez or Wells would qualify as a redundant pick based on what the Jaguars have and how they've spent.

Jones-Drew will be talking in Jacksonville shortly, and I will look to share a report or parse a transcript when I can.