JACKSONVILLE – Let's get to it … Brandon from Duval:
John, the more I think about it, I don't want to trade down unless some team mortgages its future. I think this will be the last time we pick in the Top 10 for many years. We have to make the most of it while we're there and the more I look and read about Leonard Williams, he seems to have J.J. Watt-type potential. I think people forget that picking in the Top 5 or 10 is not really a great thing because that means you were one of the worst teams in the league the previous year.
John: I don't know how many people actually forget that picking in the Top 5 or 10 means you were bad the previous season. Seasons like that are sort of hard to forget, and stretches like the Jaguars have had lately aren't fun for anyone involved. But I agree that you must be very cautious – and you must have done a whole lot of research – before you trade out of the Top 5. That concept is what makes this year's draft intriguing from a Jaguars perspective. If they get trade offers for the No. 3 selection, do they believe strongly enough in the player there to pass up a trade? Or do they believe enough in the players later in the first round to risk leaving the spot? Those decisions aren't as easy as saying, "Oh, yes, trade back for more picks!!!" You could be passing on a special player and you don't want to do that. That makes this draft a critical one that could shape the franchise.
Will from Chelsea, AL:
Assuming the Jags select a pass rusher in the first round, if Dorial Green-Beckham is available in the second round, do you believe he is a possibility? Or do you think the off-field issues combined with the history with Justin Blackmon would take him off the board?
John: Jaguars General Manager David Caldwell isn't particularly quick to rule guys out or pull prospects off the board because of off-field issues. It's not that he welcomes the headaches that can come with players with "stuff" in their background, but he has been clear that he doesn't expect players to be choirboys. Caldwell certainly isn't going to reveal his draft board – second-round or otherwise – but don't rule Green-Beckham out.
Tom from Sction141 and the Mean Streets of Nocatee:
Is there a dapper, mid-40s senior writer who answers daily interrogatives from supporters and posts avant-garde in-season videos on the Fulham website?
John: Why do you ask?
Kyle from Parsippany, NJ:
John, I agree with Jay from Quebec's points about Mercedes Lewis. He's a good player who can still contribute to this team. However, if you have the opportunity to trade an aging veteran with a high cap number for younger talent (i.e. draft picks), I think that's the smart move for any franchise. This is what the Patriots have been doing so well for so long and it's a big reason for their success.
John: The Jaguars should certainly consider a trade involving Marcedes Lewis if they can get draft selections for him. The question is what could they get for an older tight end who hasn't been a great receiver? Would that be worth giving Lewis up? Sometimes a player is worth more to a current team than he is to another one. That could be the case with Lewis. We'll see.
Daniel from Ocala, FL:
I grew up in a city very close to Gainesville. I went to UF during the Tebow years (both championships). I was even there for a basketball championship. I love the Gators. I was as passionate of a fan as they come, but if I had to pick between the Jags and the Gators, I wouldn't even have to think about it. I'd go for the Jags without hesitation.
Will from Jacksonville:
The Jaguars have seven draft picks and are only allowed 30 player visits. Are their seven picks likely to come from those 30 players or are players commonly selected without ever making a visit?
John: Of the 20 players who visited the Jaguars this past week I'd guess one or two at the most are selected by the Jaguars. Pre-draft visits matter because they give teams a chance to learn more about a player, but they don't mean much in terms of forecasting who a team will select. And yes, players are commonly selected who don't visit. Teams usually will have visited with a player they draft, but that meeting/visit can occur at the Senior Bowl, the NFL Scouting Combine or a Pro Day, too.
Craig from Auburn, IN:
Any chance that Tevin Coleman could be the back that the Jaguars are looking for? He carried an IU team last year that really had no passing threat on a broken toe for half the season but still managed 2,000 yards.
John: Yes, there's a chance.
Anthony from Palm Coast, FL:
Randy Gregory is a beast. If we trade back and score Gregory (who I think is better than Fowler, anyway) plus an additional pick we have pulled off an A draft already. Telvin Smith also failed his combine drug test. He's undersized, but he fits our defense perfectly. Let's get our guy. And some.
John: I'd be surprised if Gregory is the Jaguars' first-round selection, but I've been surprised before. The size issue with Gregory does concern me. Telvin Smith is also a bit undersized for his position and you wonder how much "undersized" you can have on your defense before you're just too small.
Shawn from the Mean Streets of Arlington:
Mr. O, I know this subject has been beaten to death, but in your astute opinion what do you think the chances are Justin Blackmon plays a down for the Jags this year? Fifty-fifty is the best I can come up with. Do you think the chances are realistically any better?
John: I'd like to think so, but to put odds on it might imply I have some sort of insight into whether or not Blackmon will play for the Jaguars this season. That would be misleading. Based on reports from last fall, I believed there was a good chance he would play this season. I have heard nothing to indicate anything beyond those reports in a positive or negative way, so if nothing has changed I'd say there's still a good chance he will play. If things have changed negatively, there's less of a chance. But I just don't know.
Brian from Gainesville, FL:
John, you're avoiding the question, so let's have at a better answer. Who do you think SHOULD be the first pick in this draft regardless of the fact that the Bucs need a QB?
John: I've never avoided this question, but you can't answer a draft question that involves a quarterback without factoring in the position. It's that important. Jameis Winston should be the No. 1 selection. He's the best player at the most important position in the NFL – and he's good enough to be a franchise quarterback – so he should go No. 1. If a team that didn't need a quarterback was selecting No. 1, I'd say take Leonard Williams. He's a potentially dominant player and most people think he's a safe selection with little chance of busting.
Duran from Rapid City, SD:
I would say the Fowler-vs.-Beasley debate is silly because we all know they could both turn out to be unproductive in this league. If I were in charge of the third pick, I would pick the player that I viewed as the safest bet to be a solid contributor to this team for the next several years. Who in this draft is that? I don't know; I don't get paid for a living to figure it out, and even the ones that do get fired every year. With the history of first-round picks this team has had, the last thing we need is another swing-and-a-miss. Who would you say is the "safest" that would likely be available to us at No. 3?
John: Leonard Williams followed by Dante Fowler Jr.
Josh from Jacksonville:
Every year I watch film of top draft prospects hoping to gain perspective on who the Jags should draft. I really like what I see from Dorial Green-Beckham. I think he is the most talented receiver in the draft. Do you agree?
John: In terms of pure, jump-off-the-screen, wow-you-with-athleticism talent, yes. It's hard to call him the best receiver, though, because of Amari Cooper's superior fundamentals and route running. There appears to be a relatively significant bust possibility with Green-Beckham; that doesn't seem to be the case with Cooper.
Joseph from Statesboro, GA:
I hate to be pedantic, but it's the Hall of "Fame," not the Hall of "Really Good Football Players." Of course popularity is a factor, and for good reason. We're enshrining players for their memorable moments, not purely for their football aptitude.
John: I was going to answer your question, but I was googling pedantic to see what it meant and I misspelled it and it said pediatric and then I got tired and took a nap.
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JACKSONVILLE – Let's get to it … Brandon from Duval: