- Paul Kuharsky, ESPN Staff Writer
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In addition to Jon Gruden's sitdowns with top prospects, primarily quarterbacks, he spoke with ESPN.com's NFC South blogger and Florida resident Pat Yasinskas to flesh out reviews.
I suspect they will head another direction with the No. 2 overall pick.
But we should be learning what we can about Smith as a candidate for the Jaguars. Gruden told Yasinskas the holes some are punching in Smith don't stand up to his scrutiny:
"In this class, I definitely think he's a guy you could take at No. 1, or at least in that range if it's your top need. Sure, a lot of people say he's not as good as Andrew Luck or [Robert] Griffin [III]. Well, last time I checked, those guys aren't in this draft. It's supply and demand. In this league, you need a quarterback, and if you're a general manager or a coach you can't just operate with the idea you're content to wait until you're in the perfect position to take a can't-miss prospect. In this class, the closest thing to that is Smith. And if I needed a quarterback, I'd be willing to take him high.
"We know he can throw the ball. I think he certainly can get a little better at his footwork, and it's something I tried to point out in working with him. But we know and like the overall athleticism he has. In the end, I think he's going to be a heck of a player, and that also has to do with experience."