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KC from Orlando, FL

KOAF - Given our trades over the past few years, what are all the picks we have in the upcoming draft?

The Jaguars currently hold 12 selections in the 2022 NFL Draft: One in Round 1 (No. 1 overall), one in Round 2, two in Round 3, one in Round 4, one in Round 5, four in Round 6 and two in Round 7. The Jaguars hold their own selections in Rounds 1-4 and Rounds 6-7. They also hold the Carolina Panthers' third-round selection from the September trade that brought tight end Dan Arnold to Jacksonville and sent cornerback C.J. Henderson to the Panthers; the Jaguars sent their '22 Round 5 selection to Carolina in that trade. The Jaguars hold a fifth-round selection from the Minnesota Vikings as part of the trade that sent defensive end Yannick Ngakoue to the Vikings in the 2020 offseason. They hold three Round 6 selections in addition to their own – one from the Philadelphia Eagles (trade for quarterback Gardner Minshew II), one from the Pittsburgh Steelers (trade for linebacker Joe Schobert) and one from the Seattle Seahawks (trade for cornerback Sidney Jones). They also hold a Round 7 selection in addition to their own from the Baltimore Ravens (trade for tight end Josh Oliver).

Doug from Jax Beach

Jaguars Owner Shad Khan shows he believes in Jacksonville. He has not shown the ability to pick a great general manager and head coach. If Mr. Khan decided to choose one of the coaches who is still coaching in the playoffs, would he (could he) make that public before that team's season is over?

Teams seeing a head coach can interview assistants from postseason teams for their head-coaching positions. They may not make the hires official until the candidate's current team has been eliminated from the postseason.

Jeff from Atlantic Beach, FL

When people say "Leftwich is only successful because of Tom Brady," they're really saying "I did no research on Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich's coaching career."

Good eye.

Frank from St. Augustine, FL

Since we moved here in 2006, I've tried to be a Jags fan. Watching the games this past weekend, it's alarming the difference in talent that these playoff teams have that we clearly lack. For years, Darrell Bevell was the man as offensive coordinator in Seattle. He comes here and can't get out of his own way. Nathaniel Hackett can't cut the mustard here (is actually fired) and is now crushing it as offensive coordinator in Packerland. I'm beginning to believe that this is where careers go to die. I know that we have huge potential with quarterback Trevor Lawrence and the No. 1 pick again, but what if defensive end/linebacker Josh Allen doesn't want to stick around? What if wide receiver DJ Chark Jr. "out of here?" We have some glaring concerns ... for ownership, for players, for fans.

The Jaguars have finished with the NFL's worst record two consecutive seasons. They have a lot of work to do. It's an important offseason – a few important offseasons, actually – for some of the reasons you cite. That doesn't mean the Jaguars never will win consistently again. It does mean they need to get a lot right.

Gabe from Chapel Hill, NC

Knowing what we know now, if Ja'Marr Chase were in this year's draft, you take him No. 1 overall, right? Not great in terms of positional value, but man is that Joe Burrow-Chase combo fun for the Cincinnati Bengals.

I haven't dug deep enough into the 2022 NFL Draft class to answer this definitively. For most of the last two decades – and perhaps more – selecting a wide receiver No. 1 overall would have been pretty much absurd. The game is changing enough to make it much less absurd. Chase has been good enough this season to make your scenario sound like a pretty good idea. Damned good, actually.

Matthew from Townsville, Australia

Hi O, given Jaguars wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. seems to have demonstrated this season that he can't catch the ball reliably enough to continue as a wide receiver, any chance he could be repurposed as a running back? I remember a couple of games ago he did get a couple of handoffs. What are the pros and cons?

I see Shenault as either a wide receiver or a Swiss-army-knife-type, do-everything weapon. He's strong and breaks tackles well for a wide receiver. Whether those traits of his are strong enough to play running back is a different question.

Mike from Jacksonville Beach, FL

In one or two words, what's the biggest offseason need for the Jaguars (not including head coach)?

Wide receiver.

Rusty from New Iberia, LA

What are some questions asked of candidates being interviewed for the head coaching job? Seems like everyone being interviewed would just give answers that Khan wants to hear. How is he to differentiate between the candidates?

Of course candidates for the Jaguars' head coaching position tell Owner Shad Khan what he wants to hear. That's true of pretty much every NFL head-coaching job – and pretty much every job that ever has existed anywhere. Ever. How to differentiate? Ask the right questions. Insist the answers be as honest as possible. Spend the adequate time and effort to get to know the candidate as well as possible. Then trust your instincts. And hope for the best.

Ryan from the 2022 Draft

Almost wish with didn't have the No. 1 pick. Basically guarantees we'll either pick a left tackle or an edge rusher - and granted, both are needs - but I really was hoping for a dominant wide receiver. Did you know the Jaguars have NEVER drafted a wide receiver that went on to post multiple 1,000-yard seasons? Not once over 25 drafts. How is that kind of sustained futility even possible?

The Jaguars do need a dominant wide receiver. I don't know that they would be in significantly better position to attain that this offseason if they were selecting No. 5 or No. 6 overall in the 2022 NFL Draft as opposed to No. 1. And yes … I did know the Jaguars never have selected a wide receiver who had 1,000 or more wide receivers in consecutive seasons. How is that possible? Hell, I don't know, Ryan. Stuff happens.

Chris from Jacksonville

I disagree with a previous emailers criticism of Bryon Leftwich on the grounds that he works with Tom Brady. I think you'd be hard pressed to find a desired candidate that doesn't have elite players on their team. I personally think Leftwich is the best candidate available and his offensive system blending Buccaneers Head Coach Bruce Arians' vertical passing attack with the New England Patriots' style of play would be a dream for the Jags. And, how great would it be to have a coach that can sit down with Trevor and tell him "This is how Tom Brady see's the game?" We of course need talent for the offense to succeed, but Leftwich has shown that with talent, he can take an offense to the highest.

I don't particularly care all that much about Leftwich's offensive system or the Patriots' style of play. Those matter, of course – but most offensive systems tend to change based on personnel and the Jaguars' system no doubt would look different with Trevor Lawrence playing quarterback than the Buccaneers' system looks with Brady at quarterback. Here's what will determine Leftwich's success or failure as a head coach – and it's what determines success or failure for any NFL head coach who comes into a new situation: How does he adapt to the new personnel? How does he handle tough times? Do players continue to believe in the head coach? Can he communicate his message? I don't know the identity of the Jaguars' next head coach. I do know those will be more important factors in how that coach fares than scheme or play calls.

Daniel from Jersey City, NJ

O-man, do you have a red phone on your desk that Khan uses to call you when he has big news he needs you to report on?

It's not red.

JT from Palm Coast, FL

What are the chances that the Jags draft a center this year? Jaguars center Brandon Linder has been a staple for a while, but for how much they are paying him versus his snaps played just doesn't add up. I'm fully aware that there are many positions of need on the team, but this feels like one that needs to be addressed.

There's a chance the Jaguars draft a center for the reasons you cite. As far as the degree of that chance, we don't yet know the identity of the head coach – or how decisions will be made. Once we do, we'll know much more about the degree of chances for many Jaguars storylines.

Gary from St. Augustine, FL

You're a joke.

I'm not laughing.