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Leftwich is rare talent

Join Jaguars Inside Report Senior Editor Vic Ketchman as he tackles the fans' tough questions.

Eddie from Jacksonville:
Everyone seems to be worried about replacing Stacey Mack and how the running backs are weak in the draft this year. Correct me if I am wrong but wasn't Mack a late-round or undrafted rookie? If so, then it seems to me backups are there to be found.

Vic: Stacey Mack was an undrafted rookie free agent in 1999 and there are other such talents to be found this year. In the salary cap era, professional football is not a game of maintenance, it is a game of replacement.

John from Orange Park, FL:
What is the story with James Boyd? He was a third-round pick, I believe. Is he considered a blown pick? Or could he fit in the secondary if Darius is a draft-day trade?

Vic: James Boyd will answer your questions on the field. He has had two pretty good training camps but he's faded in the regular season. This would seem to be his make or break year.

Bharat from Jacksonville:
With the way the mock drafts are going, everyone's predicting us to pick up Leftwich. How do you feel about him? I'm not sold (injuries, mobility, etc). Wouldn't picking up a Grossman in the second round be more practical and focusing on a more sure player? Your thoughts.

Vic: I don't follow your logic. Byron Leftwich is a big-time prospect who has been super durable and productive. Mobility? When did Rex Grossman become a mobile quarterback? Yes, the draft is a crystal ball business and lots of top personnel people have made major draft-day mistakes, but a quarterback the quality of Leftwich is seldom available with the eighth pick of the draft.

Steve from Gainesville, FL:
I want to know where you see this team going in terms of cap. With all the talk of how we've set up contracts that are cap friendly, I'm wondering how long it takes before it catches up. Do the players have to re-structure every three or so years to keep it friendly?

Vic: The Jaguars are doing a great job with the structuring of their new contracts. I see a sense of salary cap responsibility this team didn't have in its early years. My only concern for their salary cap is the amount of money they've spent recently. As far as pushing money out and mortgaging their future for the present, this team is no longer doing that.

Chuck from Atlantic Beach, FL:
Love the column and we all appreciate your fine analysis. I have a media question: With the war going on, I see generals (who are now being referred to as armchair quarterbacks) drawing lines across maps like John Madden; weapons analysis being shown like defensive lines and reporters in the field being introduced as "on the sidelines." The whole thing is kind of creepy. Doesn't it seem like television is covering this war like Monday Night Football? I fear that soon we'll see soldiers with agents. What are your thoughts, sir?

Vic: I appreciate your cynical thoughts. You have true media potential and normally I would agree with you that war shouldn't be treated as a media event, but to whom would you leave the coverage of this war? Al-Jazeera? Abu Dhabi TV? The media -- television and print -- has done a great job educating the world about that which France, Germany and Russia would've had us ignore.

Robert from Daytona Beach, FL:
Were you present at the workouts this weekend and, if so, what was your take on the roles of Jimmy Smith, Fred Taylor and Mike Peterson? What can we expect from coach Del Rio?

Vic: Robert, I was there and I can tell you that your questions are far too intense for April. The Jaguars used the three-day mini-camp to install the basics of their "West Coast offense" and to get a look at the talent level of their overall roster. Roles were not determined.

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