Jacksonville Jaguars: Sam Bradford

NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock falls in line with most of the other draft analysts: He sees the Jaguars going quarterback or pass-rusher with the No. 3 overall pick in the upcoming NFL draft.

But, as Hays Carlyon of the Florida Times-Union writes, there's no slam dunk among the quarterbacks, so what the Jaguars do depends on how much GM David Caldwell grows to like one of the QBs over the next several months.

"Do they fall in love with one of those three quarterbacks, and is he available at three?" Mayock said. "That's the first question. The second need after quarterback becomes an edge rusher. At three, depending on the quarterback situation, if their guys isn't there [Jadeveon] Clowney or [Khalil] Mack makes a ton of sense to me."

Mayock also had several other things to say about the Jaguars during a conference call on Tuesday. He said offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch is one of the league's better young quarterback coaches, likes right guard Austin Pasztor, and said the Jaguars also need to address the interior of the offensive line.

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

If the Jaguars do want to draft a quarterback, they apparently will only have to worry about what the Houston Texans do with the top pick in the draft. St. Louis coach Jeff Fischer said Tuesday that Sam Bradford will continue to be the Rams' starter, which all but assures that the Rams aren't going to take a quarterback with the No. 2 pick.

Tennessee Titans president and CEO Tommy Smith said the team is shaking things up this offseason because the status quo is unacceptable.

NFLDraftScout.com analyst Dane Brugler lists the 10 prospects with the most to gain or lose at this week's NFL combine.

The NFL's competition committee is considering changes to the PAT, including making it longer.

Baltimore left tackle Eugene Monroe, who was acquired this past season in a trade with the Jaguars, is scheduled to be a free agent next month. He is the latest player to say there are no hometown discounts.

NFL Network's Elliott Harrison sees the Jaguars as potential suitors for free agents Jared Allen and Jason Hatcher.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars' loss to Buffalo ended a three-game winning streak, but it also improved their draft position by two spots.

If the season ended today the Jaguars (4-10) would own the No. 4 overall pick. Houston (2-12), St. Louis (6-8) and Oakland (4-10) would have the first three picks, with the Rams picking that high because of a trade with Washington.

If the current order holds, the Jaguars are in a good spot if they indeed want to pick a quarterback with their first pick. There are rumblings that the Texans are going to make a run at Jay Cutler in the offseason, which would be a smart move because the Texans -- despite this season's record -- are still a playoff-caliber team if they find a good quarterback.

Cutler would keep the Texans' window open for the next few seasons. It would be unfair to expect a rookie quarterback to carry the team, especially since none of the them appear to be in the same class as Andrew Luck.

St. Louis wouldn't appear to be thinking quarterback, although there is some uncertainty there because of the season-ending knee injury to Sam Bradford. Before he was hurt in October, Bradford was on pace to have the best season of his career, and there were reports that the Rams wanted to do a contract extension for the former No. 1 overall selection.

If the injury has changed their mind, the Rams could take a quarterback with their first of two first-round picks, but they also need help on the offensive line and at safety. Texas A&M offensive tackle Jake Matthews is an option.

Oakland would be the wild card. Terrelle Pryor appeared to be their quarterback early in the season, but now it's Matt McGloin. Is either a long-term answer? Probably not, so quarterback would be the Raiders' top need. The Raiders are unpredictable, and it wouldn't be a shock if they bypassed a quarterback for one of the top linebackers or Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins.

If the Raiders did take a quarterback, that would leave the Jaguars with at worst their second choice among the available quarterbacks. It isn't as deep a crop as originally thought now that Oregon's Marcus Mariota and Baylor's Bryce Petty have said they are returning to school. Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater and Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel are expected to leave early and UCLA's Brett Hundley is waffling, but there also are several senior prospects worth considering in the first round, including LSU's Zach Mettenberger and Fresno State's Derek Carr.

Jaguars fantasy breakdown: Week 5

October, 4, 2013
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Looking for some help with your fantasy football lineup? Every Friday I'll give you my opinions on which Jacksonville Jaguars players to play and sit, as well as which of the opposing players might be a good play against the Jags. For more fantasy football advice, check out ESPN.com's fantasy football page.


Quarterback Blaine Gabbert: He has been sacked 10 times and has thrown five interceptions in his two starts. He is getting his top target back, but he’s got a rookie left tackle going up against Rams defensive end Robert Quinn, who already has 5.0 sacks. Verdict: Sit him.

Running back Maurice Jones-Drew: This matchup should be a good chance for the Jaguars’ struggling run game (49.0 yards per game) to finally get going. The Rams give up 133.5 yards per game on the ground. But what kind of impact will the move of Luke Joeckel to left tackle and the insertion of Austin Pasztor at right tackle have? Verdict: If you’re willing to gamble, play Jones-Drew. If there’s a week in the first half of the season for him to get going it’s this one.

Wide receiver Justin Blackmon: He’s back after his four-game suspension and all reports are that he has looked great in practice. He’s gained eight pounds coach Gus Bradley said and his conditioning is great. He’s going to get a lot of targets, too. Verdict: Start him as your No. 2 or 3 receiver. He should have an immediate impact on the offense.

Wide receiver Cecil Shorts: He has been battling a groin injury this week but is expected to play. He’ll be the biggest beneficiary of Blackmon’s return because defenses will not be focused solely on stopping him. Verdict: The groin injury is a concern, so only play him if you need a flex.

Tight end Marcedes Lewis: He’s out (again).

Kicker Josh Scobee: He’s still perfect this season and last week kicked a 53-yarder. It’s hard to play him, though, because the offense is still struggling so much. Verdict: Sit him.

Defense/special teams: Blackmon’s return means Ace Sanders won’t have to play as many snaps at receiver so he’ll be fresher to handle punt returns. The Rams are the only team in the NFL running the ball worse than the Jaguars, but Sam Bradford is averaging more than 250 yards per game passing and he’s thrown for seven touchdowns in four games. The Jaguars have given up nine touchdown passes this season. Verdict: Sit them.


Quarterback Sam Bradford: He has to be excited about facing a secondary with two rookie safeties, especially with the matchup issues that tight end Jared Cook creates. Could be a big game for Bradford. Verdict: Start him.

Running back Daryl Richardson: He tweeted earlier this week that he wasn’t starting. Coach Jeff Fisher said that hadn’t been determined yet. It doesn’t really matter if Richardson, Isaiah Pead or Benny Cunningham starts. The Rams are averaging an NFL-worst 47.3 rushing yards per game. But the Jaguars are last in the NFL in rush defense (165.0 yards per game) and have given up a league-high nine runs of 20-plus yards. Verdict: With the uncertainty of which back will get the most work, it’s best to sit all of them.

Wide receiver Tavon Austin: He’s the Rams’ leading receiver (20 catches) but he’s averaging only 6.2 yards per catch. He should be more of a big-play receiver. Verdict: If you need a flex, play him. He’s just not putting up good enough numbers to warrant being a top three receiver.

Wide receiver Austin Pettis: He has 18 catches and is averaging 9.6 yards per catch -- better than Austin but still nothing spectacular. Verdict: See above.

Tight end Jared Cook: The Jaguars have had some issues with covering tight ends and he’s a matchup nightmare, especially for linebackers. He’s averaging 14.1 yards per game and has two touchdown receptions. He should have a solid game. Verdict: Start him.

Kicker Greg Zuerlein: He is 6-for-6 on field goal attempts. Always like a kicker who plays home games on turf. Verdict: Play him.

Defense/special teams: The Rams must be excited about the thought of Quinn going up against a rookie tackle and an offensive line that has given up 18 sacks in four games. St. Louis is a big banged up in the secondary but Jaguars quarterbacks have thrown seven interceptions in four games. Verdict: Play them.