Join Jaguars Inside Report Senior Editor Vic Ketchman as he tackles the fans' tough questions.
Dan from Jacksonville:
If the Jags take a defensive lineman in the first round, who do you think will still be available at wide receiver in the second round?
Vic: Michael Jenkins, Michael Clayton, Devery Henderson and Devard Darling are second-round prospects. I encourage you to read jaguars.com's 2004 draft preview story, "Year of the receiver." The information you're seeking is covered in greater detail in that story.
Nate from Tampa, FL:
I was almost insulted to hear there are still some Jaguar fans who don't think Fred has "broken out" yet. The thing that bothers me is the fact he has yet to be selected to a Pro Bowl. With Portis going to the NFC and Corey Dillon possibly heading to Dallas, do you see Fred's chances as good as ever this year to go to Hawaii? And why do you think he has been snubbed all these years?
Vic: I don't think it's a case of being snubbed, although the "Fragile Fred" label really hurt him. Once a guy gets that kind of a tag, it's very difficult to get rid of it. Fred didn't make the Pro Bowl last year for two reasons: 1. The AFC had a sensational crop of running backs that included three players who rushed for more yards than Fred and another running back, Priest Holmes, who scored 27 touchdowns rushing. 2. Fred played on a low-profile, non-playoff team. I don't need the Pro Bowl to tell me who the good players are. Fred Taylor is a good player, and for the first time in his career he has achieved consecutive thousand-yard seasons. That's how you make the Pro Bowl; by doing it year after year. Running back is a position of intense competition. Curtis Martin is one of the most underrated players in NFL history, but Martin will be a first-ballot Hall of Fame selection because he has also been one of the most consistently productive players in the game's history. In the final analysis, that's how you measure a player, by the consistency and dependability of his performance, and Martin has rushed for more than a thousand yards in each of his nine years in the league. Taylor is now on his way toward establishing a reputation for being a consistent and dependable performer. That's how you make it into the Pro Bowl. It's not about "breakout" years, it's about year after year.
Howard from Homestead, FL:
If San Diego is on the clock now, what's keeping them from making their pick?
Vic: They may sign a player to a contract at any time, but without having signed that player to a contract, what purpose would announcing their pick serve?
James from Jacksonville:
"Jaguars This Week" is by far the best show on the Jags and I look forward to it all week. The last two weeks you have had the show available on the website for our listening pleasure. As a firefighter, I miss your broadcast often due to work. Do you expect to continue making "Jaguars This Week" available on jaguars.com?
Malosi from Valencia, CA:
The Jags' DTs are a position of strength on the team, with both of the starters very productive as well as young. Do you think the Jags will draft a DT with a later pick as a backup and possible future starter? Or do you wait a few years until Stroud and Henderson's contracts near their respective ends?
Vic: The Jaguars must acquire a backup defensive tackle, whether they do it in the draft or in free agency. Having failed in their attempt to sign Lional Dalton, I expect they will be draft-sensitive to their need at the position.
Juanus from Los Angeles, CA:
With times of 4.56 and 4.62 in the 40-yard dash, a 37-inch vertical jump, a 10-1 long jump, a 4.34 short shuttle and a 6.84 three-cone drill, does Mike Williams of USC move up or down on your draft board?
Vic: I think he helped himself, a little, but those numbers aren't eye-popping. Frankly, there isn't a big demand for 4.6 wide receivers. If Larry Fitzgerald had posted Mike Williams' times, Fitzgerald would've probably fallen hard on draft boards. The big thing that's hurting Mike Williams is his decision to leave college. He needs at least another year to establish his skills. It also doesn't help that he's entering one of the deepest wide receiver drafts in history. In my opinion, Williams doesn't fit in the top 10, but I could be wrong.
Richard from Jacksonville:
You mentioned Noland Smith, "Super Gnat," and the movie "The Longest Yard." Well, your memory is a little off. The movie was "MASH," released in 1970, the same year the KC Chiefs won the Super Bowl. The football game sequences contained numerous NFL players, including three KC Chiefs, the aforementioned Smith, Buck Buchanan and, of course, Fred "The Hammer" Williamson, who played the role of "Spearchucker Jones." Can you tell I grew up in KC?
Vic: Forgive me, I saw "MASH" at the drive-in and I was distracted during much of the movie.
Dave from Jacksonville:
I sense you're not completely sold on Udeze. Could you list your pros and cons on the guy?
Vic: Any hesitation you sense in me about Kenechi Udeze is strictly the result of a lack of information on the guy. Since his pro-day workout, I've been able to acquire a lot more information and opinion on Udeze and, frankly, there aren't many negatives about him. I'm beginning to believe he's the guy. You might want to read today's 2004 draft preview story, "Udeze might be their guy."
Alan from Orange Park, FL:
Tremain from MD asked you about the smallest player ever drafted. A small but exciting player from the 1980s who comes to my mind is San Diego kick-returner Lionel "Little Train" James. Was he drafted?
Vic: Lionel "Little Train" James was an inch taller and 17 pounds heavier than Noland "Super Gnat" Smith, and James was not just a kick-returner. James rushed for 516 yards and two touchdowns in 1985, and also caught 86 passes for 1,027 yards and six touchdowns that season. James was a fifth-round pick out of Auburn in 1984.
Tim from Atlanta, GA:
I read your comments about Fred Taylor having a breakout year. I believe he has lived up to and above expectations for our team. My question is, are his numbers worthy of future Hall of Fame consideration, or what must he still accomplish? Can he be the first Jaguar in the Hall?
Vic: The criterion for making the Hall of Fame for a running back is very clear: Rush for 10,000 yards. Fred Taylor needs 3,644 more. The 10,000-yard standard could change in the future, if yardage totals continue to climb and, certainly, if the league goes to an 18-game schedule, but 10,000 yards still works now.