Jacksonville Jaguars: NFL Draft 2014

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars have a bit of a streak going after signing a draft pick for the third consecutive day.

Cornerback Aaron Colvin, the team's fourth-round pick, signed his contract Wednesday afternoon. He receives a $453,153 signing bonus and the four-year deal is worth $2,673,152.

UPDATE: The Jaguars signed fifth-round pick Chris Smith on Wednesday as well. The former Arkansas defensive end agreed to a four-year deal worth $2,407,252 with a signing bonus of $187,252. Smith is projected to play the leo spot, which is a hybrid end/linebacker, but enters training camp fourth on the depth chart behind Chris Clemons, Jason Babin and Andre Branch.

The Jaguars signed sixth-round pick Luke Bowanko on Monday and seventh-round pick Storm Johnson on Tuesday.

Colvin is probably going to begin the season on the PUP list because he suffered a torn right ACL on the second day of Senior Bowl practices. He's likely not going to be cleared for full contact until later in training camp and GM David Caldwell is planning on Colvin getting on the field in the second half of the season, though how much depends on his grasp of the defense.

The 6-foot, 192-pound Colvin fits the Jaguars' profile for defensive backs and should become the eventual starter opposite Dwayne Gratz.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Taking a deeper look at each of the Jacksonville Jaguars' nine draft picks:

Center Luke Bowanko

Round drafted (pick): Sixth (No. 205 overall).

Height and weight: 6-foot-6, 300 pounds.

Stat(s) to know: Bowanko has started games at center, left guard and right guard during his career at Virginia. ... Bowanko started the first four games of the 2013 season at left guard but was moved to center for the final eight because of injuries. He helped running back Kevin Parks become the Cavaliers' first 1,000-yard rusher since Alvin Pearman in 2004.

Where he fits: The Jaguars drafted Bowanko to compete with Mike Brewster at center and to provide depth at guard. Brewster hasn't played a down at center in his first two seasons in the NFL but had a very good offseason coming back from a fractured ankle and goes into OTAs as the starter.

Concern(s): He’s not exceptionally quick and needs to improve his strength. He doesn't appear to be a player who will be able to contribute early but could develop into a long-term starter, which is what happened at Virginia. How much he'll be able to push Brewster remains to be seen.

Rookie projection: Bowanko is valuable because of his ability to play guard and center, but he’s likely headed to the practice squad unless he surprises in camp.
Former Miami quarterback Stephen Morris chose to sign with the Jacksonville Jaguars as an undrafted free agent because of his relationship with offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch, who had been the Hurricanes' offensive coordinator before joining the Jaguars' staff in 2013.

Morris had a decent season as a junior under Fisch and he's hoping the reunion will help him solve the consistency issues that plagued him as a senior, writes the Florida Times-Union's Vito Stellino.

"My confidence level has definitely increased coming here," Morris said.

Here are some additional pieces of Jaguars-related content from around the Web in our Reading the Coverage feature:

The Jaguars signed sixth-round pick Luke Bowanko on Monday.

ESPN's Sal Paolantonio reports that April 30 is gaining traction for the start date of the 2015 draft.

CBSSports.com's Larry Hartstein writes that the Toby Gerhart-Michael Turner comparisons are not out of line.

CNNSI.com's Doug Farrar writes that receivers Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson are among the AFC rookies that could shine early in the season.

NFL.com's Solomon Wilcots and Heath Evans give out draft grades for the AFC South.

The T-U's Hays Carlyon writes that tight end Marcedes Lewis takes pride in having a well-rounded game.

The T-U's Ryan O'Halloran writes that undrafted tight end Marcel Jensen is eager to get back on the field once he is cleared to return from sports hernia surgery.

New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin is the fourth-oldest coach in NFL history and he may outlast the three ahead of him, writes the T-U's Gene Frenette.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- There was a lot of scrambling on the Jacksonville Jaguars’ practice fields on Saturday afternoon – most of it by team officials to accommodate one of the biggest crowds in team history.

A steady flow of fans packed the practice field for the second day of the Jaguars’ rookie minicamp. They showed up about an hour before the 1 p.m. workout started, lining up into the parking lot in front of EverBank Field.

And they kept coming and coming and coming …

The final count: 6,214 fans, the most to ever watch a Jaguars rookie minicamp and nearly 2,000 more to attend a training camp session.

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Rob Foldy/Getty ImagesBlake Bortles is part of a Jaguars rookie class that has captured the intrigue of the team's fanbase.
"This feels like it felt like it did in 1996 because of the enthusiasm that something better is on the way," said Brian Sexton, the team’s play-by-play radio announcer for the franchise’s first 19 seasons.

There’s certainly reason for the optimism. The Jaguars’ draft class has been lauded by draft analysts and experts across the country as one of the best in the league. General manager David Caldwell took former Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles with the No. 3 overall pick and followed that with a pair of receivers in the second round: USC’s Marqise Lee, whom many regarded as a first-round talent, and Penn State’s Allen Robinson.

Bortles looked a little better on Saturday than he did on Friday. He completed 12 of 18 passes and was the victim of two drops. Robinson stood out by digging out a low throw and making a diving catch on a deep ball thrown by undrafted free-agent quarterback Stephen Morris.

For fans starved for offense – the Jaguars averaged a league-low 15.4 points per game and scored a league-low 23 touchdowns in 2013 – the first three picks were answered prayers. That’s a big reason why 2,054 attended Friday’s practice and more than three times that many were out there on a sunny, breezy afternoon.

Both sets of 500-seat bleachers were packed by the time the team finished stretching. The overflow section behind the first practice field filled up pretty quickly after that. So many kept arriving that team officials had to shut the gates and only allowed fans to enter when some left. Some fans even watched the practice through the bottom of the fence surrounding the fields.

Jaguars officials quickly cleared additional space behind north end zones of the second and third practice fields and re-opened the gates. When the Jaguars worked exclusively on the first practice field for the final few periods, security allowed fans on the middle practice field so they could get a closer look.

"How about the fans?" Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said. "I look and they’re all lined up underneath [the tarps on the fences]. I don’t know how many people were there, but what a credit to [owner] Shad [Khan], what a vision. When I go around and talk to people, they feel so confident in his vision. I think it’s a credit to him and the organization and it feels good, I do know that.

"And our fans, we talk about ‘connect with the following’ and try to help them go along this journey with us. We get excited, they get excited. When we have tough times, they have tough times. We are going to do this thing together and to be able to come out and see a group of people that are that passionate for good football and to watch passionate players is something."

Tight end Reggie Jordan, one of 27 rookies that were given a tryout, said he has played in front of smaller crowds at Missouri Western State in St. Joseph, Missouri.

"Some days you’ll have, like, 4,000 or 5,000,” Jordan said. "Some days you’ll have, like, 10-12 [thousand]. It was pretty small.

"It just depends on who we played. We knew that when we had a lesser opponent it wasn’t going to be very good."

There hasn’t been this many fans watching a rookie minicamp practice since 2,378 attended a session in 2003, which was quarterback Byron Leftwich’s rookie season. According to the Jaguars, the largest crowd to ever watch a training camp practice was 4,500, which happened several times.

Former Jaguars offensive tackle Tony Boselli, the team’s first inductee into its ring of honor (Pride of the Jaguars), said the atmosphere was similar to the franchise’s early years, especially for the team’s first training camp in Jacksonville in 1996. The Jaguars had camped in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, in their inaugural season.

"It’s always hard to compare because we didn’t have open practices this time of year. Everything was closed," Boselli said. "But it reminds you a little bit of that ’96 training camp with all the buzz. … I think people are really hopeful that this thing is on the right track.

"I think it’s infectious and I think people are pleased so far with what they’ve seen, what Dave’s been able to do, so I think there’s a lot of hope right now. And you draft a quarterback first; everyone gets excited about a quarterback."
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Taking a deeper look at each of the Jacksonville Jaguars' nine draft picks:

Cornerback Aaron Colvin

Round drafted (pick): Fourth (No. 114 overall).

Height and weight: 6-foot, 192 pounds.

Stat(s) to know: Colvin recorded 234 tackles and five interceptions in his career at Oklahoma. … He started 36 of the 50 games in which he played.

Where he fits: The Jaguars didn't need to address cornerback in this draft but when Colvin was still available in the third round GM David Caldwell felt he couldn't pass. Colvin was considered by some to be a mid-second round pick but he dropped after suffering a torn ACL on the second day of practice at the Senior Bowl. The Jaguars aren't expecting to get anything out of him in 2014 but they envision him as the eventual starter opposite Dwayne Gratz. At worst they feel he can be a nickelback and play at safety in a pinch. He's got good size, speed (4.4 range), and length, which allows him to handle bigger receivers and stay with them down the field.

Concern(s): Colvin says he's on pace to be cleared to participate in non-contact work by the start of training camp but there's always concern when a player is coming off a major knee injury. The tendency, especially for a young player, is to rush back before they're ready. The Jaguars have to make sure he doesn't jeopardize his future by doing too much too soon.

Rookie projection: Colvin likely will begin the season on the regular-season PUP list, which means he has to sit out the first six games. After that, the Jaguars have a five-week window to allow him to begin practicing and a three-week window in which to decide whether they want to place him on the active roster. The Jaguars will be careful with him but he'll see the field in a very limited role in the second half of the season.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars' draft picks and undrafted free agents have been assigned jersey numbers.

Here's a look at the draft picks and some interesting tidbits about their numbers:

QB Blake Bortles: 5. Other players to wear that number include quarterbacks Quinn Gray and Trent Edwards.

WR Marqise Lee: 11. The best guy to ever wear that number was WR Reggie Williams, which isn't saying a lot.

WR Allen Robinson: 80. TE Kyle Brady wore that number, so that's a good omen. Then again, so did WR Jerry Porter, perhaps the worst free-agent signing in team history.

G Brandon Linder: 65. The Jaguars cut Will Rackley and gave his number to Linder on the same day.

CB Aaron Colvin: 41. The greatest name in Jaguars history wore that number: Akwasi Owusu-Ansah (2011).

LB Telvin Smith: 50. Smith admitted to failing a drug test at the combine and the Jaguars badgered him about it. He's got a lot to prove because the guy who just finished wearing that number, Russell Allen, had impeccable character.

DE Chris Smith: 98. DT John Henderson terrorized opposing linemen in this number.

C Luke Bowanko: 70. Let's hope Bowanko isn't a superstitious guy. Nobody has worn this number for more than a season.

RB Storm Johnson: 34. Backs Alvin Pearman and Stacey Mack are probably the best that have worn this number.

Without going over every single one of the 17 undrafted free agents, most of whom won't make the team, here are some more interesting jersey-related tidbits:

RB Terrance Cobb is wearing No. 38, which has been worn by such Jaguars immortals as C.C. Brown and Darcel McBath. ... If WR Damian Copeland makes the active roster and appears in a game, he'll be the 14th player in Jaguars history wearing No. 83 to do so. ... LB Trevor Gillette can become the first player in team history to appear in a regular-season game wearing No. 47.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Taking a deeper look at each of the Jacksonville Jaguars' nine draft picks:

Guard Brandon Linder

Round drafted (pick): Third (No. 93 overall).

Height and weight: 6-feet-6, 311 pounds.

Stat(s) to know: Miami credited Linder with 10 touchdown-resulting blocks in 2012. … He led the ‘Canes with 84 knockdown blocks and 11 touchdown-resulting blocks in 2013. … He started 42 of the 49 games he played at Miami (37 at right guard, two at left guard, and three at center). … He did 30 bench press reps of 225 pounds at the combine.

Where he fits: The belief was that the Jaguars drafted him to become the starter at right guard and that was reinforced when the team released Will Rackley, who had started 11 games at the spot last season. The interior of the offensive line was a weakness last season and the Jaguars addressed left guard in free agency by signing Zane Beadles. Mike Brewster is the favorite to win the job at center and the addition of Linder completes the rebuild.

Concern(s): Though he's strong, nasty and tough, Linder is not exceptionally athletic. One scouting report says there's a concern with how effective he can be at cutting off linebackers when he's on the move. If he doesn't win the starting spot the Jaguars will struggle at the spot.

Rookie projection: Linder is smart and durable and should win the starting job at right guard and play every snap in 2014.
The Jaguars say they want to keep rookie quarterback Blake Bortles on the bench during the 2014 season so he can develop without the pressure of trying to win games. CBSSports.com's Jason La Canfora doesn't believe that'll happen.

In a piece in which he predicts when quarterback changes involving the rookie class may come, he writes that Bortles will be the starter in Week 1.
"... While I believe you can do worse than Chad Henne as your starter, you can also can do a heck of a lot better. With all of the young receivers drafted there the past few years, the Jags' desire to build off last season's strong finish and playing in a division that might be the NFL's worst, I feel Bortles starts to close this gap quickly. As much as the Jags might want to hold him off, I'm not sure they give him a redshirt year. I believe he establishes himself as the best quarterback on their roster in the preseason and the Jags end up letting him open the season under center. ..."
Here are some additional pieces of Jaguars-related content from around the Web in our Reading the Coverage feature:

ESPN's Mike Sando takes a look at how Bortles, Teddy Bridgewater and Johnny Manziel may fare if they play this season .

NFL.com's Elliot Harrison has the Jaguars 28th in his post-draft power rankings.

NFL.com's Bucky Brooks writes that the Jaguars got the biggest draft steal in the AFC South when they picked cornerback Aaron Colvin. Here's the rest of his division analysis.

SI.com's Don Banks delves into how the Jaguars use analytics in scouting and the draft.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Taking a deeper look at each of the Jacksonville Jaguars' nine draft picks:

Wide receiver Allen Robinson

Round drafted (pick): Second (No. 61 overall).

Height and weight: 6-feet-3, 220 pounds.

Stat(s) to know: Despite catching only three passes as a Penn State freshman in 2011, Robinson is second in school history with 177 receptions. His 2,474 receiving yards ranks third and his 17 touchdown catches are fourth. ... He is one of only two receivers in school history to record 1,000-yard seasons (2012 and 2013). Bobby Engram did it in 1993 and 1995. ... His 77 catches in 2012 broke the school record of 63 (Engram and O.J. McDuffie) and he topped that with 97 catches in 2013.

Where he fits: Robinson gives the Jaguars something they haven't had since Matt Jones -- a big receiver. He's more physical than Jones, though, and that's an added plus. Most of the Jaguars' experienced receivers are 6-0 or shorter (free-agent acquisition Tandon Doss is 6-2 but he has just 19 catches in three seasons) so Robinson adds another element to the offense. He's going to be especially useful in the red zone, where the quarterback can throw the ball up and let him go get it. With his frame, 37-inch vertical jump, and long arms (32 inches), Robinson will be tough to cover. He has experience in Bill O'Brien's pro-style offense so that should help ease his transition.

Concern(s): He doesn't have blazing speed and he needs to become more fluid in his route running. He also needs to get stronger and work on catching the ball with his hands on the shorter routes instead of catching it with his body.

Rookie projection: Cecil Shorts, Marqise Lee and Ace Sanders are the top three receivers and Robinson will have to battle Mike Brown and Kerry Taylor for the No. 4 spot. His size gives him the advantage there, and it's likely he'll be on the field when the Jaguars are in the red zone. He may need a little more seasoning than Lee, so that will keep his production down a bit: 30-40 catches seems reasonable.

RTC: London dilemma looming

May, 14, 2014
The Jacksonville Jaguars' decision to move a home game to London through the 2016 season was the right decision financially. The extra revenue has helped the team's bottom line.

But owner Shad Khan faces an interesting dilemma when that agreement expires, writes Florida Times-Union columnist Gene Frenette. Is continuing to play an annual game overseas for the financial benefits worth the possible risk of losing a playoff berth or even a first-round bye?

The Jaguars don't have the same kind of home-field advantage at Wembley Stadium as they do at EverBank Field, even if the team's UK fan club (Union Jax) does have more than 23,000 members.

Here are some additional pieces of Jaguars-related content from around the Web in our Reading the Coverage feature:

Despite having a draft that drew praise from experts across the country, the Jaguars remain near the bottom of ESPN's post-draft Power Rankings.

The Jaguars are looking ahead to future projects, including club area renovations and possibly a roof over EverBank Field.

Frenette also grades the Jaguars' draft picks. None got lower than a C.

The T-U's Hays Carlyon writes that GM David Caldwell says Cecil Shorts will help mentor the Jaguars' two rookie receivers.

WJXT TV-4 sports director Sam Kouvaris and Cole Pepper talk about what they learned from the team's state of the franchise news conference.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- One of the things that came out of the Jacksonville Jaguars' draft last weekend was that message that management does have faith in center Mike Brewster.

The Jaguars took an offensive lineman in the third round, but Miami's Brandon Linder was selected to become the team's right guard. General manager David Caldwell didn't draft a center until he took Virginia's Luke Bowanko in the sixth round.

Caldwell and coach Gus Bradley have said before that had confidence that Brewster, a third-year player from Ohio State, would be able to step into the starting spot vacated by the retired Brad Meester. The Jaguars' pursuit of Cleveland's Alex Mack wasn't because they changed their mind. They just took a shot at landing the league's best center and weren't worried if it didn't work out because of their confidence in Brewster.

"When we went after Alex Mack it wasn't anything negative against Brewster," Caldwell said. "It was more of the ability to add an elite player at that position and maybe move Brew to right guard. We actually have some good feeling about Brewster."

The 6-foot-4, 305-pound Brewster, however, has yet to play a snap at center in his first two seasons. He has played in 26 games with 10 starts since making the team as an undrafted free agent in 2012, but all have been at left or right guard.

In fact, only one of the Jaguars' other options at center has snapped in the NFL. Obviously Bowanko hasn't. Jacques McClendon snapped once against Tennessee when Meester moved to tight end so he could catch a pass in his Jaguars finale. McClendon, a fourth-round pick by Indianapolis in 2010, has played in just nine games, five of which came with the Jaguars last season.

The Jaguars signed Patrick Lewis from Cleveland's practice squad on Dec. 17, 2013. He has yet to play in an NFL game.

Brewster, who was a four-year starter and Rimington Award finalist at Ohio State, missed the final two games of the season after suffering a fractured left ankle. Bradley said Brewster has worked hard in rehab alongside left tackle Luke Joeckel, who missed 11 games after suffering a fractured right ankle, and he can't wait until the team puts on pads to see how much Brewster has progressed.

"Brewster came back and he looks really good," Bradley said. "He's bigger, he's stronger, his mindset and all those things, he's doing a great job now. [Left guard] Zane Beadles next to him and [that] has helped him out tremendously. He just has a different mindset, so we're excited about that."
The Jacksonville Jaguars and Atlanta Falcons nearly swapped first-round picks.

Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff told TheMMQB's Peter King that on the night before the draft he believed the deal was going to happen. However, Jaguars GM David Caldwell called Dimitroff on Thursday and said no. The Jaguars took quarterback Blake Bortles with the No. 3 pick.

"I just kept thinking, one of those teams has to see what we were seeing in Bortles," Caldwell said.

Here are some additional pieces of Jaguars-related content from around the Web in our Reading the Coverage feature:

The Florida Times-Union's Ryan O'Halloran writes that Blake Bortles' jersey is among the top-selling rookie jerseys.

The T-U's Hays Carlyon writes that Las Vegas oddsmakers like the Jaguars' draft class so much they've improved the team's Super Bowl odds.

NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal writes that receiver Justin Blackmon is one of 15 veteran players negatively affected by what happened in the draft.

NFLDraftScout.com's Frank Cooney lists each team's best value pick. For the Jaguars, it's receiver Marqise Lee.
Count former NFL quarterback Ron Jaworski among the people praising the Jacksonville Jaguars' selection of quarterback Blake Bortles with the No. 3 overall pick.

Jaws, speaking on the Mike & Mike radio show, said he was impressed with Bortles and really liked him. He also said the Jaguars didn't take him too high because he believes that if a team likes a player they should draft him regardless of whether people think it's too high.

"From a strategic standpoint of a team, I don't care if it's a quarterback or a tackle or a wide receiver, if that's the guy you like, go get him," Jaworski said. "Obviously Gus Bradley, [GM David] Caldwell, they all like Blake Bortles and he clearly to me is the kind of guy you can build your franchise around.

"They need a lot of help in Jacksonville. We know that. But if you have a tough, durable, strong-willed quarterback in place, that gives you a great chance for success."

You can listen to the interview here.

Here are some additional pieces of Jaguars-related content from around the Web in our Reading the Coverage feature:

The Florida Times-Union's Ryan O'Halloran writes that the Jaguars struck a balance between immediate help and future help in the NFL draft.

NFL.com's Elliot Harrison lists the Jaguars' selection of receiver Marqise Lee as the best Day 2 pick.

NFL.com's NFL Total Access crew breaks down the Jaguars' draft.

NFL.com's Bryan Fisher writes that Jaguars GM David Caldwell deserves a sticker for his draft class.

CBSSports.com's Pete Prisco gives the Jaguars' draft class an A. His co-worker Will Brinson lists the Jaguars among his draft winners.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The pick: Brandon Linder, G, Miami

My take: The Jaguars traded their fourth-round pick (105th overall) and a sixth-round pick (179th overall) to the New England Patriots to move back into the third round to select Linder with the 93rd overall selection. The 6-foot-6, 311-pound Linder played under Jaguars offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch, so he’s familiar with Fisch’s offense and the zone-blocking scheme the Jaguars use. Though he played both right guard and right tackle at Miami -- sometimes in the same game -- he will compete for the starting spot at right guard. Linder is durable, having started 49 games, including 37 in a row, in his career at Miami. He should solidify the right guard spot that last season was manned by Will Rackley, who battled knee issues and struggled.

OL is OK: Offensive line apparently wasn’t the high priority many outside the organization thought it was. GM David Caldwell said the team is happy with Mike Brewster at center and is content with the depth, especially after the addition of left guard Zane Beadles in free agency. "We aren’t too overly concerned about it," Caldwell said. "You guys may think we’re crazy, but we have guys that we feel like can step in and be competitive."

What’s next: The Jaguars have five picks remaining: one in the fourth (114th overall), two in the fifth (144th and 159th overall), one in the sixth (205th overall) and one in the seventh (222nd overall).

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars’ new quarterback probably isn’t going to see the field in 2014.

That’s the plan, anyway, and he’s fine with it.

That’s the reason to like, and dislike, the Jaguars’ selection of Blake Bortles with the third overall pick on Thursday night.

General manager David Caldwell and coach Gus Bradley have been adamant that Chad Henne will be the team’s starter this season and that a rookie was going to spend the year developing on the bench . They’re not backing off from that approach. Bortles is going to start, and likely finish, the season on the bench.

"It’s such an important position in this league and you want to do it right," Caldwell said. "That’s what we’re about. … We have to make it work. We can’t just throw him out there. We’ve seen what happens when that happens."

Caldwell was speaking in general, but he just jettisoned an example of what happens when a QB is rushed on the field when he traded Blaine Gabbert to San Francisco for a sixth-round pick. Gabbert was thrust into the starting role as a rookie in 2011 after the team cut David Garrard days before the season began and backup Luke McCown struggled. Gabbert went 5-22 as a starter and was bothered by a string of injuries.

So the Jaguars don’t want to rush Bortles on the field and he supports the decision.

"I would have no problem with it, but I would go into practice every day and prepare every day like I’m a starter," Bortles said. "I think that’s the kind of mindset you’ve got to have when you’re in that position. But I would have no problem doing that and taking a full year to learn and soak up as much information as I can."

Bortles played in a spread offense at Central Florida and he has experience under center. But he’s going to have to adjust to a pro-style offense. He’s got to improve his footwork, his feel in the pocket, and adjust to the speed of the game. He’s perhaps the most physically gifted quarterback in the draft, standing 6-foot-5 and weighing 232 pounds. He’s got a big arm, extends plays with his mobility, and is strong enough to bounce off contact, too.

Caldwell said the coaching and scouting staffs were unanimous in support of Bortles being the Jaguars’ pick. The Jaguars were so enamored with him that Bradley said the team would have taken him even if Jadeveon Clowney was still on the board.

Bortles may turn out to be a very good quarterback -- possibly even elite -- but it won’t happen until at least 2015. And if that happens, it will be a home run pick, the kind that turns a franchise around. But there’s a negative to the choice: the Jaguars need immediate impact players, especially on offense.

The Jaguars scored just 15.4 points per game last season and ranked 31st in total offense, 31st in rush offense, and 22nd in pass offense. Bortles won’t make a dent in those numbers in 2014. That job falls again to Henne, who has never thrown for more touchdown passes than interceptions in his six seasons in the NFL.

"This is not a quick journey, a race to the end," Caldwell said. "It’s a marathon. Well, hopefully not a marathon. We want to build for the long term."