Saturday, April 27, 2013
On the Jaguars' restraint at quarterback
By Paul Kuharsky
I admire the Jacksonville Jaguars’ restraint so far with regard to quarterbacks in the draft.
They just passed again at No. 98 to lead off the fourth-round, trading the pick to the Philadelphia Eagles for Nos. 101 and 210 in the seventh round. The Eagles took quarterback Matt Barkley.
GM David Caldwell has so many spots to fill that the infrastructure isn’t in place for a quarterback to come in and succeed. The Jaguars can give Blaine Gabbert one final chance, have an alternative in Chad Henne and can draft to fill up a lot of other stuff.
My NFC West colleague Mike Sando points out that often the clock doesn’t really start ticking on a new coach like Gus Bradley until he declares his hand at quarterback, so slow playing that decision can be smart.
The Jaguars are the only team in the league with quarterback uncertainty that hasn’t added something at the position this offseason. They are content to keep it that way, at least for now.
Caldwell is not reactionary and isn’t going to force anything.
If they wind up with a quarterback in this draft, it’ll be because they see someone as a value on their board, not because they are feeling the strain of necessity.
At some point, Ryan Nassib, Tyler Wilson, Tyler Bray, Matt Scott, Landry Jones or Zac Dysert becomes a value, even for a team not craving an addition.