MOBILE, Ala. -- Jaguars general manager David Caldwell said he’s open to trading the third overall pick in the upcoming NFL draft.
The logical path would be to move down and gather more picks, but he’s not ruling out trading up, either. Nothing is off the table right now.
"I don’t think where we’re standing right now that we’re dead set on going in any one direction, whether it’s trading up, trading back, staying where we are and picking," Caldwell said while attending Senior Bowl practices. "There’s going to be a lot of options there with the third pick.
"We feel good about being there if we have to pick, just like we did last year [when they had the No. 2 pick], and we feel good if an opportunity presents itself to trade up or trade back, too."
The Jaguars still have a lot of holes to fill on their roster, so trading back and acquiring more picks this year and next year would be the more likely scenario.
Houston has the No. 1 pick followed by St. Louis. The Texans could draft a quarterback but it’s unlikely the Rams do since they were talking about signing Sam Bradford to a long-term deal last season before he was injured.
The Jaguars need a quarterback. So do four other teams picking in the top 10: Cleveland (4), Oakland (5), Tampa Bay (7), and Minnesota (8). Teddy Bridgewater, Blake Bortles and Johnny Manziel are the only quarterbacks regarded as first-round picks, which means a team towards the back end of the top 10 or deeper in the draft (say, Tennessee at 11 or Arizona at 20) is going to have to move up if they want one of those QBs.
What would it take for the Jaguars to give up No. 3? A first-round pick and several other draft picks this year and a first-round pick in 2015 would be a possibility. Maybe a player is involved, too.
If the Jaguars do keep the pick, Caldwell will have to decide whether to take one of those quarterbacks or go with a pass-rusher like Jadeveon Clowney, Anthony Barr or Khalil Mack. Quarterback and pass-rusher are clearly the Jaguars’ top two needs.
There is still a lot of time until the draft, though, and there's still much more information to gather on prospects. The combine is a month away and most schools will have their pro days in March. It'll be a while before the Jaguars finalize their draft board and strategy. Caldwell just wants to make sure he keeps his options open.