Jags being patient in rebuild

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars and Cleveland Browns may have both wanted Alex Mack, but they're taking different approaches when it comes to rebuilding.

ESPN Insider Field Yates examined both teams' approach and came to the conclusion that the Jaguars and Browns are "potentially close to playoff contention if they can continue to make the right moves." Yates also broke down how each team handled free agency and writes what he believes their philosophy should be during the draft.

Here are his thoughts on what he thinks the Jaguars should do with the No. 3 overall pick:

"The elements of time and patience are important here, as it enables the Jags to pass on a quarterback with the No. 3 pick if they aren't sold on one, and instead add a blue-chip player at another position to help boost their overall talent level for when they do find their franchise QB. If somehow [Jadeveon] Clowney drops to No. 3, the Jags should take him, and if he doesn't, either [Khalil] Mack or [Sammy] Watkins would be a great consolation prize."

Yates and I are on the same page on that issue. The Jaguars appear to be going about their rebuild the way Seattle did: Build up the entire roster and find a quarterback when the value makes sense. GM David Caldwell and coach Gus Bradley won't force a QB pick in the first round if they don't believe he's a potential franchise player.

Clowney, Mack and Watkins would all fit a need but also fit into the Jaguars' goal of taking the best available player.