If the Jaguars live up to their Super Bowl hype, the draft-day deal that brought them defensive end Derrick Harvey may be remembered as the trade that put the Jaguars over the top.
Personnel boss James "Shack" Harris and head coach Jack Del Rio cashed in on their relationship with the Baltimore Ravens to move up 18 spots in the first round and select Harvey from nearby University of Florida. Suddenly, the Jaguars' need at defensive end was solved and rumors the Jaguars would trade for Jason Taylor were dead.
"This wasn't one we envisioned," Del Rio said of the trade. "We didn't think we had enough ammo to get into the top 10. We weren't going to give up our whole draft."
The Jaguars swapped first-round picks with the Ravens and gave the Ravens two third-round picks and one fourth-rounder. Based on the numeric table teams use in making trades, the Jaguars made a deal they shouldn't have been able to make.
"I don't think the focus should be on that," Del Rio said. "Their thought process was to slide back and select some picks. We think he's a great fit for us. It makes sense for us."
Selecting Harvey makes sense for the Jaguars because some believe he could be the final piece to the team's championship puzzle. Not getting a pass-rush on Tom Brady in last year's playoffs was thought to be the reason the Jaguars lost to the Patriots.
"That was a position we were not able to address in free agency. We got a good start on it this weekend," Del Rio said, referring to the need at defensive end.
Del Rio said Harvey was not the highest-rated player on the Jaguars board, but he was near the top. The Jaguars had a need and they addressed it, just as Del Rio had promised at a pre-draft media luncheon on Tuesday.
"He's going to grow into a 280, 285-pound body. He's got tremendous closure on the quarterback. He's played his best football in big games," Del Rio said.
"We play tough, hard-nosed football and he plays that kind of football," Harris said of Harvey. "He can play run or pass. He's an every-downs player."
"We had a guy we wanted and we were willing to go get him. This is evaluating our team and what we need to strengthen our team. We felt we need a defensive end," Harris added.
The likely perception of Jaguars fans is that the team felt it was one player away and made the move to get that guy. Del Rio cautioned against that thinking.
"I don't believe in that type of philosophy. I don't subscribe to that. There were a host of teams stacked to win it all. I don't think it's good to get into those types of decisions," Del Rio said.