Join jaguars.com senior editor Vic Ketchman as he tackles the fans' tough questions.
Dave from St. Louis , MO:
How is it that Bob Kuechenberg has not made it into the Hall of Fame?
Vic: Two members of that Miami Dolphins offensive line, Larry Little and Jim Langer, have already been inducted into the Hall of Fame. That's what has held Kuechenberg back. It's difficult to justify putting three guys from one line in the Hall of Fame before one guy from the "Hogs," maybe the greatest of all offensive lines, has been inducted. Russ Grimm needs to be elected to the Hall of Fame. It's time a "Hog" goes in and Grimm is the right "Hog."
Alex from Orange, CA:
Jack Del Rio is going to be one of the coaches in the Senior Bowl. What do you think Jack's strategy is for the Senior Bowl?
Vic: To accumulate as much information as possible on the players he will be observing and coaching at the Senior Bowl. This will be the best possible interview situation.
Charles from Jacksonville:
If the Jags use the BAP system during the draft, is it possible to go the whole draft without drafting a left tackle?
Vic: Sure it is. The Steelers desperately needed offensive linemen in last year's draft but didn't select one until the fourth round, and he's a former tight end who's attempting to make the move to tackle, which means he was selected as a developmental guy who might help the team two or three years down the road, but certainly not as a rookie. Holding yourself to the tenets of the best available player philosophy requires patience and a big-picture quality.
Jason from Regina, SK:
Would you consider Matt Jones to have been a "wild swing" type of draft pick?
Vic: There was a distinct element of risk involved because Jones was making a major position switch.
Russ from Pittsburgh, PA:
You commented on how this year's draft will possibly be more talented than normal years because of all the players coming out. Will that possibly have a negative impact on future drafts in terms of talent?
Vic: You're a visionary. Yeah, it'll likely have an impact on future drafts because it's robbing them of their applicable talent. If in any one year the number of draft-eligible underclassmen decreases significantly, that draft class will likely be weak. What does it mean? It means this is a good draft to accumulate as many picks as possible. If you think next year's draft class might not be as strong, then it might be a good idea to use a couple of picks from next year's draft to acquire an extra pick this year, especially if you're planning to acquire compensatory picks next year as a result of your strategy in free agency this year.
Jeremy from Jerseyville, IL:
I was looking at some offensive tackle prospects for the upcoming draft and in some of their profiles it mentioned that they would be a perfect fit for a zone-blocking scheme. What exactly is a zone-blocking scheme and do the Jaguars run it?
Vic: Every prospect is a good candidate for a zone-blocking scheme, largely because zone-blocking requires no special talent. You don't have to be a big guy who mashes people and you don't have to be an athletic guy who can pull or trap. Zone-blocking is nothing more than walling up in unison and sliding right or left. The back then cuts behind his blockers. It's a run-to-daylight scheme. My guess is that the profiles that referred to players as good candidates for a zone-blocking scheme belonged to linemen who weren't real big or real athletic. The Jaguars do some zone-blocking, but I wouldn't call this is a zone-blocking team. Denver is the team known for zone-blocking.
Skip from Jacksonville:
It looks like Gene Smith is the man now and has the power when it comes to the draft and picking players, and that makes sense to me, but it also seems that by doing it that way it will take several years to rebuild the Jags as a team. Right? Wrong?
Vic: Several years? No. More than one year? Probably. Skip, how many times does it have to be said? This team has a lot of work to do.
Derrick from Jacksonville:
After a team has created its draft board, is it normal to have more than one player with the same grade?
Vic: Yeah, there will be ties. That's when you have to break them with discussion. You bring the applicable position coaches into the draft room and ask for their opinions on the specific players. You look at their backgrounds. Is one guy a better character guy? You break the tie by whatever means necessary. Team need, of course, would be a big factor. If it's a tie between a running back and a wide receiver and you need a running back and don't need a wide receiver, then I would think the decision would be easy to make.
Joe from Green Cove Springs, FL:
With Wayne Weaver finally admitting he will sell the team at some point ("exit strategy") can he sell it to a buyer that promises to keep the team in Jacksonville?
Vic: That's old news, Joe. In the story I did last July in which Wayne refuted a newspaper report that the team was for sale, Wayne said then that he would likely sell the team in the future, but that it wasn't for sale now. In that story I did, he said: "Everybody wants me to speculate on the future. I'm not going to speculate on the future. At some point, maybe, I would sell the team, but not now. Whatever happens in the future, I can assure you of one thing: The Jacksonville Jaguars are going to be the Jacksonville Jaguars."
Jim from Jacksonville:
I agree with your BAP philosophy, but it's not black and white, is it? For example, if the two-best players on your team are two young running backs and the BAP in the first round is a running back, would it make sense to take that RB in the first round? Why not take the second BAP on your list that fits a better need?
Vic: You'd be leaving the better player for your competition to draft. That's why you don't do it. BAP means drafting the best available player, or trading down and recouping the value of the pick. It's really not that difficult to understand. If you have a free weekend, give it a try. Sit down and think about it. At some point, it might come to you.
Mike from Jacksonville:
I am having a hard time understanding the reason for not re-signing Sensabaugh. You spend many years in developing a player and when he becomes very good, you let him go. If you are truly serious about having a great defense, how can you let a hard hitter like him go?
Vic: You really can't understand it? You really can't understand that it's probably a money issue and the team is willing to allow Gerald Sensabaugh to test the market, with the idea that he may find out he can't get the kind of money he wants? If he does, then so be it, but you can't sign players to contracts you don't think are reflective of a player's worth. Didn't we just go through this? What does it matter if it's your player or someone else's player? You put a value on a player according to your evaluation of him and then you must stick to that value or you're overpaying. The next "Ask Vic" will appear on Jan. 26.