Friday, January 17, 2014
Ranking the Jags' QB interest
By Michael DiRocco
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jaguars are looking for a quarterback and will have a chance to get a close look at six next week in preparation for the Reese's Senior Bowl. Derek Carr, David Fales and Jimmy Garoppolo are on the South team, which the Jaguars will coach. So those three will be scrutinized more than the other three, but the Jaguars are going to get a chance to scout them all.
Here's an educated guess on how they rank in terms of Jaguars interest:
Fresno State's Derek Carr has the size and passing yards that scouts like.
Derek Carr (Fresno State): He was once regarded as a first-round pick but his stock has fallen in the wake of a poor performance against USC in the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl: 29-for-54, 216 yards, two touchdowns, one interception. Still, he led FBS in passing yards (5,082) and touchdown passes (50) and has the size (6-foot-3, 218) that scouts like. He played in a spread offense so there are questions about his ability to function in a pro offense and whether he can read defenses.
Tajh Boyd (Clemson): He finished his career with a bang, completing 31 of 40 passes for 378 yards and five touchdowns with two interceptions in the Tigers' 40-35 victory over Ohio State in the Discover Orange Bowl. He's a little shorter than the ideal QB height (6-1) but he has the ability to scramble out of trouble and run with the ball (1,163 yards and 26 TDs rushing). Sometimes he's too quick to run, though, instead of trying to find a second or third option.
David Fales (San Jose State): Fales and Carr each threw for 300 or more yards nine times and Fales finished third in FBS with 4,189 yards. He has a quick release and has shown that he will look for his second and third options if his primary receiver is covered. He's a little raw, though, and probably isn't going to be a quarterback who can play right away. He may need a season or two.
Stephen Morris (Miami): The Jaguars are likely more familiar with Morris than any other quarterback because offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch was with Morris at Miami for two seasons. There's a lot to like about him. He's 6-2 and 218 pounds with a strong arm. He's tough, athletic, and can make all the throws. However, he has been inconsistent throughout his career, especially when he plays against some of the weaker teams that he and the Canes should dominate. He also makes too many of those what-the-heck decisions that drive coaches crazy.
Jimmy Garoppolo (Eastern Illinois): He was added to the South roster as a replacement for A.J. McCarron and is coming off a week of practices before the East-West Shrine game in which he drew a lot of praise. He has been productive (5,050 yards and 53 TD passes this season) but he did it at the FCS level so there are questions about whether he can do it against a higher level of competition. The buzz about him at Shrine game practices centered on his accuracy, arm strength, and quick release.
Logan Thomas (Virginia Tech): His size (6-6, 254 pounds), athleticism and arm strength have scouts drooling and comparing him to Cam Newton physically. His production doesn't match his talent, though. He has completed only 55.5 percent of his passes in his career and has thrown 53 touchdown passes and 39 interceptions. He's a project, but the payoff could be high if he finally figures things out.