Jacksonville, FL, United States (4E Sports) – Jacksonville Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell said that the franchise will be happy to keep their No. 2 pick in the NFL draft on April 25.
There are two players the Jaguars like, and they are assured of getting the one that the Kansas City Chiefs does not select with the first overall pick.
But since the Jaguars don’t have a sure thing at quarterback, they are open to wait until the later rounds to beef up the position currently headed by Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne.
But it would have to be the right situation for the team to trade down and bypass the player they could draft for the no. 2 overall pick.
Caldwell indicated a solid trade offer for the No. 2 pick would qualify as a bit of a surprise.
“Obviously, it has to be worth your while to drop back,” he said. “If there is somebody who you feel can come in and contribute right away and be a cornerstone of this franchise for eight or 10 years, what is really the value if a team is just going to give you a fifth- or fourth-round pick to bypass a guy that you really feel good about, have conviction about? I don’t see that happening.
He added that if they can get a couple picks or future high picks, then they may discuss a trade.
Jacksonville has needs across the board after a 2-14 season in 2012 that resulted in the firing of both general manager Gene Smith and coach Mike Mularkey.
An impact defensive end could be a priority for Caldwell and Gus Bradley, his defensive-minded coach. The team’s pass rush has been an issue for years, with no player recording double-digit sacks since 2006.