Jason Proios from Long Island, NY:
The Jaguars spent their sixth-round pick on guard Chad Ward. Many publications had him rated as the next-best available guard after Steve Hutchinson. Why did he fall so far in the draft? Also, is it more likely he will become the player scouts originally ranked very high, or become what most sixth-rounders usually become?
Ward lasted until the late rounds because he is said to lack the mobility and athleticism most teams require of a high-rounds pick. That has to be the only reason, because Ward was an ultra-productive and durable four-year starter at Washington. What is expected of a sixth-round offensive lineman? Well, Todd Fordham and Rich Tylski were undrafted.
Greg Russell from St. Augustine, FL:
After listening to the archive of the on-line show, there has to be major concern about when Jimmy Smith will be completely healthy. Is there any provision in the salary cap rules that would allow the Jaguars to use part or all of his salary cap figure to sign a veteran replacement? I know the salaries of injured reserve players count against the cap, but what about players who have non-football-related illnesses? I'm not writing Jimmy off for the season, yet, I'm just curious about what the Jaguars' options might be. Thanks for the chance to ask these questions.
Jeffrey Van Haute from Jacksonville:
With the latest medical problem Jimmy Smith suffered lately, do you think we have a wide receiver on the roster who could present a replacement for the short run. Are any of the new wide receivers able to present a deep threat for us fans.
Mike Leone from Ponte Vedra Beach, FL:
I usually give rookies the benefit of the doubt, but what do you think about the rookies on the team now? Anybody standing out, yet, or will we have to wait and see.
Wait and see is always the best answer, but from what I saw in mini-camp, I think Marcus Stroud and Eric Westmoreland offer the most hope for rookies who might be players of impact this season.
Suzanne Webster from Jacksonville:
Since Mike Hollis is in the final year of his contract, do you see the Jaguars being able to offer him enough money to keep him on their roster? With as many points as he has scored and as many games as he has won for the Jaguars (Titans game quickly comes to mind), do you think his proficiency would make him a must-have-at-all-costs keeper?