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

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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.

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Jaguars finalize coaching staff after landing offensive coordinator

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The Jacksonville Jaguars have finalized their 2019 coaching staff. They’ve officially hired their offensive coordinator as well as other staff members. John DeFilippo was the headliner for today as the replacement for Nathaniel Hackett as offensive coordinator.

The Jaguars also announced the remainder of their staff. As we covered in the past couple of weeks they have hired several position coaches, including Terry Robiskie as running backs coach, George Warhop as the offensive line coach, and Tim Walton as the secondary coach.

The rest of the staff was a mystery until today. The Jaguars announced they will be promoting assistant defensive line coach Jason Rebrovich to defensive line coach, and they have hired David Merritt as their assistant defensive line coach. Merritt spent the past season as the Arizona Cardinals defensive backs coach. Joe Danna will be promoted as well and will be coaching the safeties. Danna has been on the Jaguars staff as an assistant secondary coach since 2017. John Donovan, another assistant coach for the Jaguars, will be promoted to assistant running backs coach.

It is worth noting in today’s presser Marrone stated Tim Walton will coach the cornerbacks, and Joe Danna will coach the safeties. “I thought we could get more out of our coaches and players if we split the secondary,” Marrone said. This is worth noting as Walton actually held a similar role with the Giants for the past couple of seasons.

Scott Milanovich will remain on staff as the quarterbacks coach. Milanovich was the play-caller for the final five weeks of the season. Milanovich has been with the Jaguars as a QB coach since 2017.

There were no other major coaching changes on the Jaguars roster as the rest of the staff will stay intact.

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Jaguars will retain quarterbacks coach Scott Milanovich

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Nov 26, 2017; Glendale, AZ, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterbacks coach Scott Milanovich against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars will retain Scott Milanovich as their quarterbacks coach, according to head coach Doug Marrone.

Milanovich filled in as interim offensive coordinator after Nate Hackett was fired midseason, but the offense saw no improvement with the QB coach calling plays. However, the team appears confident that the former Grey Cup-winning CFL head coach can handle the responsibilities of quarterbacks coach, a position Milanovich has held since Doug Marrone was named head coach in 2017.

The team hired John DeFilippo as their offensive coordinator earlier today. You can read why he was a fantastic hire here. Marrone mentioned during his press conference today that Milanovich and DeFilippo have a previous relationship in Maryland.

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Jaguars to hire John DeFilippo as offensive coordinator, per report

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The Jacksonville Jaguars are expected to hire John DeFilippo as their offensive coordinator, per report.

DeFilippo was the Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator during the 2018 season, but was fired during Week 15, apparently due to a conflict of play-calling interests with head coach Mike Zimmer, who wanted to focus more on the run game than DeFilippo’s strengths with the pass game.

However, despite a lack of calling the run, Vikings quarterback had a historic season as a passer when it came to efficiency, being the first QB in NFL history to throw for 4000+ yards, 30+ touchdowns, 10 or fewer interceptions, and complete at least 70% of his passes. Much of this can be credited to DeFilippo’s influence in the passing game.

Previous to Minnesota, DeFilippo was the Philadelphia Eagles QBs coach during their 2017-18 Super Bowl run, where he was key to the development of Carson Wentz and rejuvenation of Nick Foles’ career after Wentz tore his ACL. He also served as offensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns in 2015, where then-36 year old Josh McCown posted the second most touchdown passes of his 13 year career with 12 in eight games, along with 2109 passing yards, a 63.7 completion percentage, and only four interceptions.

DeFilippo’s first NFL coaching job came in 2005 as an offensive quality control coach under then New York Giants head coach and current EVP of Football Operations for the Jaguars, Tom Coughlin. So there’s a definite connection to the team in ths hire.

At the end of the day, the Jaguars number one priority this offseason has to be, and will be, fixing their passing game woes. Quarterback Blake Bortles needs to be replaced, and the team’s next signal caller must be groomed into a successful QB. DeFilippo has proven with Cousins, Foles/Wentz, as well as Josh McCown in Cleveland during the 2015 season, that he’s capable of doing just that.

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