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Jaguars will need to trade up in the NFL Draft for a QB, but with who?

Zach Goodall

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Apr 30, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announces the number third overall pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars, who are in desperate need of a franchise quarterback, are unfortunately not in an ideal scenario to get one. At least, not without some help.

There appears to be only one quarterback worth taking in the top 10 as thing stand, that being Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins, who we broke down in a scouting report here. And considering the Jaguars have live-scouted OSU five times this year, according to a mix of sources and reports, there appears to be clear interest in the quarterback from this quarterback-needy team.

If they truly do value Haskins as their guy, they need to do whatever it takes to get him. The Jaguars will own the 7th pick in the NFL Draft, after the QB-needy New York Giants picking 6th. On top of that, the Oakland Raiders, who pick 4th, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who pick 5th, could be dark-horse teams to select a QB, and teams such as the Miami Dolphins (13th pick) and the Washington Redskins (15th pick) may be in the running to trade up for their guy as well.

The bottom line is, there are teams who definitely need a quarterback, as well as some who could surprise us and take one, in this thin QB class. Therefore, if the Jaguars want to land their guy, they’re going to need to make a move up the board to ensure they get him. At minimum, they need to jump the New York Giants.

Who could the Jaguars trade up with to get their guy? Let’s look at all of their options, and breakdown how expensive it would be to trade up with each team and where the other team’s needs are.

Note: All trades are meant to be as realistic as possible, with the help of Calculator Soup’s NFL Draft Pick Trade Calculator. Percentage equals gain or loss of value for the team Jacksonville would trade with.

1. Arizona Cardinals

Needs: OL, iDL, DB, WR

Would they trade out?: Probably not, unless the offer is too good to pass up.

What it would likely take to trade with Jacksonville: 7th overall, 2019 2nd, 2019 3rd (from LAR) 2020 1st = +4.8% gain

The Cardinals are deprived of talent at a lot of different positions across their roster – other than three of the most important posotions in football that is. Last year they landed their franchise QB in Josh Rosen, pass rusher Chandler Jones has accumulated 41 sacks in three years with the team, and Patrick Peterson is an eight-time Pro Bowler and three-time first-team All-Pro cornerback at the age of 28.

But even with those three key positions nailed down, they could use a lot of help. The offensive line is a mess, they could use interior presence to their defensive line to stop the run and pair with Jones to create a terrorizing pass-rush duo, and Peterson needs a running mate to create turnovers in the secondary.

Arizona is best suited to stick at No. 1 and take Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams with the first pick. He’s been the most dominant interior defender in college football during the 2018 season and would give the Cardinals that deadly duo in the pass rush.

However, if they view offensive line as their biggest need, or entertain the idea of maximizing value given how deep of a defensive class this is, perhaps they could look to trade out, gain a ton of picks, and take either Alabama offensive tackle Jonah Williams or the best available defender.

The Jaguars 7th overall pick is a good spot for one or the other, and Jacksonville would have to part with a ton of assets to make it happen, because Arizona has the leverage to shoot the price up. If the Jaguars are willing to risk that to ensure the QB, Arizona might bite.

2. San Francisco 49ers

Needs: EDGE, DB, OL, WR

Would they trade out?: Less likely than Arizona, unless Arizona drafts Nick Bosa.

What it would take to trade with Jacksonville: 7th overall, 2019 2nd, 2020 1st, 2020 4th = +3.2 gain

The 49ers could use edge pass rushing help more than anyone in this year’s draft, and will have at least one if not two fantastic defensive end prospects fall into their laps at No. 2 in Ohio State’s Nick Bosa and Kentucky’s Josh Allen.

However, much like Arizona, there’s got to be a price that will catch the 49ers’ attention, even though they could be best suited to take a superior prospect at a huge position of need with their current draft slot. At 7th overall, the 49ers could have prospects such as Florida State DE Brian Burns, Florida DE Jachai Polite, Clemson DE Clelin Ferrell, Alabama safety Deionte Thompson, LSU CB Greedy Williams, and so on, available to them.

One thing that could make a 49ers trade possible, at least more so than  it is right now, is if Arizona surprises everyone and selects Bosa first overall. While he’s widely considered the best prospect in this class, defensive end isn’t nearly as much a need to the Cardinals as other positions. While Josh Allen is a fantastic prospect, there is a bit of a drop off between the two.

It will be up to San Francisco, like Arizona, if gaining more valuable picks, both immediately and in the future, is worth losing out on the best prospects in the draft at their biggest position of need. Much like Arizona, it probably isn’t likely, but everyone has a price, and Jacksonville is in a desperate situation and could offer the price the 49ers would demand.

3. New York Jets

Needs: EDGE, OL, WR, RB

Would they trade out?: Most likely out of the top 3 teams.

What it would take to trade with Jacksonville: 7th overall, 2019 2nd, 2019 3rd (from LAR), 2020 4th = +0.91%

Truthfully, Josh Allen fits the Jets’ 3-4 defensive scheme and personnel as things stand. Now, a new scheme could be on it’s way when New York hires their new head coach, but we will base this on the assumption that the new staff sticks with what this personnel group is assembled to play.

In that case, Josh Allen makes a ton of sense, and should be available at No. 3 for the Jets to select.

But…

The Jets sent the Indianapolis Colts four second round picks between the 2018 and 2019 NFL Drafts’ in order to nab their franchise quarterback in Sam Darnold last year, and it would be shocking if they didn’t want to get some of that value back. Assuming they do, the Jets are a prime trade-up candidate for Jacksonville. With two third round picks this year, Jacksonville can let one go on top of swapping firsts, and tacking on their 2nd round pick and an early Day 3 pick in 2020 to get their pick.

This is the most likely trade scenario for Jacksonville, or any team, to move up for Haskins.

4. Oakland Raiders

Needs: EDGE, DB, WR, LB

Would they trade out?: 50/50 chance, depends on first three picks.

What would it take to trade with Jacksonville?: 7th overall, 2019 3rd, 2019 3rd (from LAR) = +3.83%

While it’s smartest for the Jaguars to try to trade into the top 3, far ahead of the Giants as well as ahead of dark-horse QB teams like Oakland or Tampa Bay, the Raiders would be the consolation call if the top 3 teams lock themselves onto certain prospects.

In that case, the Raiders would miss out on the two star EDGE prospects of the class, however there are still plenty of defensive ends worth taking throughout the top 10, and we all know Jon Gruden loves getting as many assets that he can after trading Amari Cooper and Khalil Mack for a combined three first round picks and more.

Jacksonville can give Gruden an extra two third round picks this year, which would have Oakland selecting a whopping seven times in the first three rounds. The extra thirds would make up for the Raiders’ lack of a second round pick, and meanwhile they’d still land a premier edge defender at 7th overall.

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Needs: DB, OL, EDGE

Would they trade out?: Probably

What would it take to trade with Jacksonville?7th overall, 2019 3rd =  +2.65%

Much like the above picks, the Buccaneers could do with landing an elite defender, either at EDGE rusher out of whoever remains out of the top-10 worthy guys, or a defensive back such as CB Greedy Williams or safety Deionte Thompson. However, considering Jacksonville is only two picks back, Tampa Bay wouldn’t lose much talent-wise in moving back, whereas they could receive an early third rounder this year and gain value.

Therefore, Jacksonville gives up only one of their two third round picks, and manage to hop in front of the Giants and land their quarterback.


Which of these trade options would you prefer the Jaguars to make? Or would you rather them sit back and take a QB at 7th overall? Or perhaps another position? Let us know in the comments.

Zach Goodall covers the Jacksonville Jaguars for the Locked On Jaguars podcast and website. Follow him on Twitter @zach_goodall.

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  1. Shatley_The_Bed

    January 4, 2019 at 5:29 am

    If they believe he has a good chance to be the guy then trade with the Jets and get him. If they don’t believe in Haskins then sit back and build the offense around your 2020 draft pick and a stopgap free agent QB.

  2. Julian Bryant

    January 21, 2019 at 3:39 pm

    I don’t understand why you think the Niners would be unlikely to move down. I think they’re probably the MOST likely to move down. The last time John Lynch had the number 2 overall pick, he moved back in the top 10. He loves to move up and down the draft board, as displayed in the past 2 drafts. Plus, they currently only have 5 picks in this year’s draft; I’m sure they’d love to pick up a few more. If 1 or 2 QBs go in the top 5 along with Allen, Bosa, and Williams, then SF can trade back to 7 and still have a shot at this year’s best OL, CB, or WR, or another elite front 7 piece.

  3. Easy -

    January 25, 2019 at 12:13 am

    If they believe he has a good chance to be the guy then trade with the Jets and get him. If they don’t believe in Haskins then sit back and build the offense around your 2020 draft pick and a stopgap free agent QB.

  4. Go Ear

    January 25, 2019 at 12:20 am

    If they believe he has a good chance to be the guy then trade with the Jets and get him. If they don’t believe in Haskins then sit back and build the offense around your 2020 draft pick and a stopgap free agent QB.

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Jaguars DE Yannick Ngakoue has plenty of leverage, wont use it

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Jul 26, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue (91) runs a protection route during training camp at the Dream Finder Homes practice facility outside of TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

As the Jaguars began voluntary OTAs today there was at least one major storyline. Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue was present at practice today and plans to be present for the entire offseason. With Ngakoue ready for a new contract, many speculated he would be holding out until the contract is signed. That is not the case and Ngakoue stated today at his media presser, “I don’t have to be here, but I chose to be here.”

Showing up for voluntary OTAs is significant as it is typically a time when a player up for a contract would be almost expected to sit out due to the risk of injury. Jalen Ramsey, for example, works out in Nashville where he is most comfortable. Although he would be in Nashville regardless of contract, it is still an incentive to stay away for now.

“Just trying to build some team camaraderie, being a leader — that’s the main reason I came back” Ngakoue stated when asked why he was back for voluntary OTAs. Ngakoue taking more of a leadership role this offseason is already off to a roaring start. Showing up and leading by example for young players such as Josh Allen, Taven Bryan, etc, will pay dividends for the Jaguars future.

Earlier this offseason two players — Frank Clark and Demarcus Lawrence — earned contracts of upwards to $100M and Ngakoue is prepared to accept the same. Although he will ultimately let his agent perform the heavy lifting. When asked about the contracts of Clark and Lawrence and the prospect of getting a similar $100M contract, Ngakoue said, “It’s not a secret, we all can go on the computer and see what they did — that money don’t mean nothing but I know what I’m worth.”

This is great for the Jaguars and sets the tone for a potential future extension for Ngakoue. He is saying all of the right things, and this should give Jaguars fans something good to feel about as they continue throughout the offseason. Ngakoue is entering his fourth year and has accumulated 29.5 sacks through his first three seasons in the NFL. Ngakoue has shown the Jaguars no reason not to pay him as soon as possible. And they absolutely should.

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Five significant Jaguars storylines heading into OTAs

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Jul 26, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette (27) runs with the ball following a catch as Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Myles Jack (44) runs behind during training camp at the Dream Finder Homes practice facility outside of TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

The first of the Jaguars ten Organized Team Activities (OTAs) are starting today.  As the players get set to hit the field, there will be a multitude of storylines worth watching. This will be the first time the Jaguars coaches and their players can take part in 11 on 11 activities. Although there will be no pads for any of these practices.

The Jaguars will use this time to get better in terms of on-the-field performance, but their camaraderie as they get set to go with an abundance of new players, including the starting QB will be just as important.

The team’s OTAs will begin Tuesday (Today), May 21 and conclude on Friday, June 7, while the Jaguars’ three-day mandatory minicamp will take place June 11 – 13.

1. Nick Foles and the Jaguars offense

The Jaguars entered the 2019 offseason with a splash; signing quarterback Nick Foles to the highest guaranteed money a Jaguars player has ever received. Since then, they have made moves to allow for him to succeed, such as selecting tight end Josh Oliver and right tackle Jawaan Taylor in the draft just last month.

Quarterback is the most important position group on the team, and with Nick Foles at the center, all eyes will be on him from now on. It will be important for the Jaguars — and their fans —  to get a good look at the new offense under offensive coordinator John DeFilippo, and how well Foles can execute it. Although many fans feel the Jaguars did not adequately address the weapons on offense, there is a possibility the quarterback was holding the team back.

With Marqise Lee not ready yet, Keelan Cole, Dede Westbrook, and D.J. Chark will be the only Jaguars receivers on the Jaguars roster last season participating. It will be interesting to see their connection with Foles even as early as today.

2. How will the linebacker group shake out?

This storyline has almost as much intrigue as the quarterback situation. This is because of Telvin Smith posting an impromptu Instagram post revealing his intentions to sit out the 2019 season. The Jaguars have addressed the position during the offseason seemingly as a response to Smith not being in contact with the team prior to the draft. Selecting LB Quincy Williams at the bottom of the third round was the icing on the cake.

The Jaguars will look for a new weak-side linebacker and there have been plenty of questions of whether they will turn to a rookie, a new vet, or even Myles Jack to take over the position. Who takes over will be very important and we should get an answer sooner rather than later.

3. Rookies

The rookies are always a storyline and with the Jaguars selecting two premier players — Josh Allen and Jawaan Taylor — all eyes will be on them. Rookies are not typically thrust into starting positions too early, so do not it will not be a shock if Taylor is taking second-team reps or if Allen is not out there with the defensive line/linebacker group. However, it will be important to see exactly what position Allen plays as there has been speculation of him playing SAM since they drafted him.

Rookie TE Josh Oliver will be someone worth watching on offense. As mentioned earlier, he was a part of the Jaguars plan to get an influx of talent on offense. Quincy Williams, as previously mentioned, might be one of the more underrated rookies to watch for. How he plays during the offseason could change the entire linebacker group.

Obviously all eyes will be on the Jaguars rookies during the 10 OTAs starting today, however, these are the most important to keep an eye out on how they perform.

4. Safety situation

Probably one of the most talked about situations as far as depth on the roster this offseason has been safety. Before the end of the 2018 season, the Jaguars released strong safety Barry Church and circled back to release Tashaun Gipson earlier this offseason. This allowed then-rookie Ronnie Harrison to start in place of Church, and Jarrod Wilson to start in place of Gipson. How Wilson performs in this new role will be vital to the Jaguars success at free safety.

The Jaguars in this offseason have not addressed the safety position at all besides signing former AAF safety Josh Brown. How Jaguars undrafted rookies and other depth players attack this position will be important to watch out for as we begin OTAs.

5. No injuries, please

Seriously. If there is one thing the Jaguars cannot afford, it is an injury to a pivotal position. These practices are not supposed to be extensive but as we have seen in the past, anything can happen. If the Jaguars come out of these OTAs with no injuries, it will be a huge win entering mandatory minicamp in June, and training camp in July.

Keep a close eye on Jaguars players who are already injured. Players such as Marqise Lee, Jake Ryan, and Cam Robinson will be going through various levels of rehab. Lee will not be on the field, however, Ryan or Robinson might be closer to returning.

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Should the Jaguars sign Gerald McCoy when he’s released?

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Dec 24, 2017; Charlotte, NC, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (93) reacts after a sack in the first quarter against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Defensive tackle  Gerald McCoy has recently been informed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers according to Adam Schefter at ESPN. According to Schefter, the Jaguars are one of the spots that “make sense”. This list includes the Patriots, Browns, Cowboys, and Chargers. McCoy wants to sign with a playoff team and the Jaguars were in the AFC Championship game in the 2017-2018 season.

There are a variety of factors to take into account if the Jaguars do intend to do their due diligence on Gerald McCoy. McCoy has been one of the most dominant defensive tackles since he was drafted third overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2010. Last season, McCoy accounted for 28 combined tackles and six sacks in 14 games. Although his sack production has not fallen off yet, he is 31 years old and has not been as dominant as he was in his younger days.

In 2018, the Jaguars drafted Taven Bryan in the first-round, and due to the salary cap, they released veteran defensive tackle Malik Jackson who immediately signed with the Philidelphia Eagles. If the Jaguars were to bring in McCoy the cost would almost assuredly be steep, and although they have ways to manipulate the cap, the question would be if Dave Caldwell or EVP Tom Coughlin would be willing to pay.

With Taven Bryan already locked into the starting role, it would also come down to how the Jaguars feel about the depth at the defensive tackle — specifically three-tech — position. The Jaguars only have Taven Bryan, Marcell Dareus, and Abry Jones entering this season at DT who have played significant roles. Calais Campbell also plays a role on specific downs.

Would Gerald McCoy make sense for the Jaguars? In theory, sure, but only at the right cost and if the player falls in their laps. The Jaguars released Malik Jackson due to cap reasons. Jackson is a younger player who — although he had a down year in 2018 — has had similar production to Gerald McCoy in recent years. Would they be willing to spend on the older player instead?

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