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I'd have to have a guarantee

Join senior editor Vic Ketchman as he tackles the fans' tough questions.

Chris from Sherman, TX:
Do you think the Jaguars could be the team that Crabtree falls to because of his injury or do you think his stock is damaged beyond the number eight pick?

Vic: I don't have a physician guiding me on this. That's what I would really need to answer your question, but my instinct tells me that he'll be available for the eighth pick of the draft. A screw in the foot of a wide receiver is not the thing of which high picks are made, especially when it's a brand-new screw.

Fred from Portland, OR:
In your last article you claimed Jason Smith disappointed by running in the 5.4's, but in a previous article by Ryan Robinson he claimed Jason ran a 5.14. Which is it?

Vic: I'm glad you asked because it was Michael Oher who ran the 5.4. I apologize for the error and I'm glad you gave me a chance to fix it. Please understand that every team has a different "watch," which means a different time. There is no such thing as an official time and the only time that matters is the time each team has for a player because that's the time they use to evaluate him. A lot of people are pushing Smith into the top 10, but my sources don't agree. They point to his short arms, two-point stance and the fact that they're not sure if he's a left tackle or right tackle.

Doug from Little Rock, AR:
Sanchez looked, uh, not as you described. Were you watching him or did you just get a report?

Vic: I watched but, as I said yesterday, the information in the "combine report" was acquired from an expert source. It doesn't matter what I think of Sanchez. No team is going to ask me. It's all about what teams think of Sanchez. That'll determine where he's drafted and the sources I use were impressed by his workout and feel that he probably moved into the top 10. That, of course, can change as the pro days and personal workouts unfold.

Marshal from Ponte Vedra Beach, FL:
With free agency starting on Friday, do you see the Jaguars going after any big names?

Vic: No, I don't. Everything Wayne Weaver and Gene Smith has said suggests the team will not be a big spender in free agency. I think the Jaguars will attempt to sign "Plan B" type free agents.

Corey from San Francisco, CA:
Any thoughts on James Laurinaitis?

Vic: He's a good player, but I can't help but think of Andy Katzenmoyer, A.J. Hawk, Bobby Carpenter and some other Ohio State linebackers. They just don't seem to make much impact.

Ryan from Jacksonville:
This year seems, to me, to be a prime reason why you cannot put all of a player's stock in his combine numbers. I have yet to hear about a guy who was considered a top 10 pick before the combine do anything to improve his draft stock.

Vic: Eugene Monroe improved his stock at the combine. He's into the top five now, most people believe. Andre Smith's and Michael Crabtree's falls have nothing to do with bad combine workouts. Chris Wells and Knowshon Moreno were not considered top 10 picks heading into the combine and, following their slow 40 runs, that opinion would seem to have been correct. Rey Maualuga pulled a hamstring so the combine had no bearing on where he is. Matt Stafford didn't participate. Mark Sanchez was a full participant and he's thought to have helped himself; Sanchez went in right around the 10th pick. Who are the top 10 picks? That's the question and the combine usually answers it. Based on what happened at the combine, I think we now have a good starting point for a top 10. In fact, if someone asks, I'll give you my top 10 tomorrow.

Matt from Jacksonville:
At some point you have to be sensible with this BAP talk. No team is going to draft seven quarterbacks just because a QB was the BAP at the time they picked. It would be foolish to do so.

Vic: Really? Hey, keep these BAP questions coming. I know it's an incredibly difficult concept to understand, but what would the pre-draft part of the offseason be if we didn't bang our heads into the wall every day trying to understand the philosophy that says it's better to select the best player instead of the player with lesser ability?

Dustin from Jacksonville:
Malcolm Jenkins ran slower than expected in the 40. In your opinion, does he still look good for the Jags? As a reporter, do you think it knocked him off our first-round board?

Vic: At number eight? Yes, I do think it knocked him out of contention for that pick. In my opinion, one bad time should be ignored, but Jenkins didn't run one bad time, he ran two, and two bad runs are tough to ignore. He does not appear to have elite speed, cornerback is a speed position and top 10 picks should be reserved for elite players. I have no doubt that he'll run faster at his Ohio State pro day and at his personal workouts; prospects always seem to run better on their own turf. At that point, potential suitors will have to decide which 40 time they want to regard as his true 40 time. I think he's an outstanding player. I would love to have him on my team but let's not forget that the guy in the number eight spot last year got more than $17 million in signing bonus. That's a lot of money to pay a cornerback who may be a step slow. The Wells and Moreno times don't bother me as much because I don't think running back is a true speed position, but cornerback is. The other side of Jenkins is a possible move to safety, but do you wanna take a safety in the top 10?

Drew from Jacksonville:
Would you think Mitch King is a good pickup in the third or fourth round for the Jags, and do you think he should play DT?

Vic: I'm going to let somebody else answer that question tomorrow. Go to the final video I did at the combine. I think the answer will satisfy you.

Alan from Jacksonville:
Where is that line between too high to take the risk and too good not to take the risk?

Vic: I think it would be right around the 16th pick. When you turn into the second half of the round, I think you become more comfortable with taking a swing for the fence.

Adrian from Inglewood, CA:
Whenever you bring up BAP, it reminds me of a story you told us about the Steelers raving about Emmitt Smith but passing on him because they already had a running back.

Vic: Yeah, they drafted a running back in the first round the previous year, so they didn't need Smith. That sounds funny, doesn't it? Who doesn't need Emmitt Smith?

Logan from New Bremen, OH:
Would you want Michael Crabtree on your team?

Vic: Absolutely I would, but his foot is an issue. I would have to have a guarantee from my medical people that it won't be a problem, he'll be ready to go for the start of training camp and that it shouldn't cause him to lose a step. Frankly, I don't think I'd get that guarantee, which is why I think I'd have to reach that too-good-not-to-take-the-risk line before I'd pick him.

Jeremy from Jerseyville, IL:
What other teams follow the BAP philosophy?

Vic: Most teams believe in it because most teams believe in value over need. The question is: Which teams are more committed to it than others? All teams will stray from it from time to time, and I think they'd admit that's when they get into trouble.

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