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Adrian from Alpharetta, GA

Interesting Jaguars factoid: This particular fan happens to be super-stoked about our last four first-round draft picks. That's pretty rad.

Dude. That is rad. To the max. Let's see … the last four Jaguars first-round selections are quarterback Trevor Lawrence (No. 1 overall, 2021), running back Travis Etienne Jr. (No. 25 overall, 2021), outside linebacker Travon Walker (No. 1 overall, 2022) and linebacker Devin Lloyd (No. 27 overall, 2022). There may indeed be much about which to be super-stoked about those four players – and they could be the franchise's core moving forward, particularly Lawrence. That's the hope – and if that's the case, an encouraging foundation is being laid. Then again: Fans were also supposed to be stoked about cornerback CJ Henderson (No. 9 overall, 2020) and linebacker K'Lavon Chaisson (No. 20 overall, 2020). Those two '20 selections have contributed comparatively little to the Jaguars, with Henderson long since having been traded. That's yet another example of the critical importance of hitting in Round 1, which the Jaguars didn't do consistently enough for much of the last decade. That lack of hitting is a major reason the team has had the worst record in the NFL two consecutive seasons. Still: The Jaguars' last two drafts could be good ones, particularly in Round 1. The franchise sure needs that to be the case. Very much so.

Larry from West Jax

I think we might have our WR1 in Christian Kirk. I am told he has some wheels! I think along with better versions of Marvin Jones Jr. and Laviska Shenault Jr. with no Urban Meyer badgering players we have a good wide receiver room – and Kirk might just grab the moment as he really never got an opportunity to be a WR1 in Arizona. Your thoughts.

I think some smarter football people than myself think highly of Kirk, and I think there's a good chance he will be a better free-agent signing than many Jaguars fans believe. That doesn't mean he will "live up to his contract;" I don't know that that's possible considering the focus many will have in that area. It does mean that he can help the Jaguars' receivers as a whole be better than they were last season – and it does mean he can be a very good signing. As for Meyer, there is a possibility many Jaguars players can improve under new circumstances. A very good possibility. Shenault and Jones could certainly be among those players.

James from Jacksonville

Can Kevin Austin be a No. 1 receiver?

If he makes the team.

Joey from Duuuuuval

I'm trying to let go of my Grammar Perfectionism, but you made is really hard on me in the Trevor Lawrence piece. ""One hundred percent, 100 percent," Pederson said during the team's 2022 Rookie Minicamp, which ended this past Sunday." Which is it Obi-Zone Kenobi? "One hundred" spelled out or used numerically - 100? And if using the numeric symbols, why not use the % symbol, too?

You spell out numbers at the start of a sentence and you otherwise use numerals after the start of a sentence if the numbers are double digits. And you spell out percent. And you never, ever use the Oxford Comma. /ducks.

William the Contemplator from Jax

Mr. O, here is what I don't understand. Before the draft, all the "experts" are preaching, "Draft the best available player." The Jags draft two linebackers in a row and two defensive backs in a row. The "experts" then poop all over the picks because they didn't fill immediate needs. What's up with that?

It's easy to talk about selecting best available player. Theoretically. It's easy to say before the draft that you must select players without regard to specific depth chart needs. Theoretically. Where it becomes difficult is when you move away from theory into reality, and it's difficult is for many analysts to remember that the draft is not – or shouldn't be, anyway – as much about short-term need as it is about long-term talent. Most analysts factor need heavily when discussing drafts because it's easy to do so – and because remembering that it's about long-term talent acquisition and development is hard. The bad thing for the Jaguars on this topic is they received some criticism – read: poop – for selecting linebacker Devin Lloyd and Chad Muma in Rounds 1 and 3, respectively, because they sort of play the same position. A good thing for the Jaguars is they are different enough players that both can contribute at the same time. The best thing for the Jaguars is draft-day criticism and grades mean nothing, and this will all play out on the field over the next few seasons.

Levi from Coeur d'Alene, ID

I'm a loyal man. That's why I'm still around waiting for our turnaround. That being said, I've never owned an NFL jersey. I want one, but I want it to be a drafted Jaguar that gets re-signed and has a great NFL career. How old do you think I will be when that time comes? Currently 28.

Late 20s. Early 30s at the latest.

David from Oviedo, FL

O - I think, the days of opposing running backs padding their stats against the Jags defense are over.

That would be ideal.


I just heard the Jaguars are partnering with Gallagher. With all the distractions the fans have had to endure, do we really need exploding watermelons? What was the front office thinking?

I laughed at this. I didn't want to laugh. I tried not to laugh. But God help me … I did actually laugh at this.

Garrett from Edgewater

Zone, best day ever. You answered my question about Devin Lloyd, and my daughter was born just before you posted. We already have plenty of Jags gear for the little one. Just a heads up my submissions will now be from Garrett and L. Devin Lloyd is her favorite player thus far. I told her a bit early for that, but hey she's young.

Congratulations. Seriously.

Justin from Jax

Hey, Zone. It's true that we don't have a bona fide No. 1 wide receiver who will have to be game planned for, but I do like our options at say four, five and six a whole lot more. That doesn't even take into account how talented we may actually be at tight end with Evan Engram and Dan Arnold as very, very capable pass catchers who can be quite dangerous. How many receivers do you see making the final 53? Who do you think they might be? Kirk, Marvin Jones Jr., Zay Jones, Jamal Agnew, Shenault, Laquon Treadwell and Kevin Austin Jr. seem like good picks to me, but do you think they all make the squad? Sorry if this is a little long-winded. Thanks!

I would project Kirk, Jones, Jones, Shenault and Treadwell – all veterans – making the roster as the five "main" receivers with Agnew likely making it as a wide receiver/returner. Austin, who signed with the Jaguars as an undrafted collegiate free agent, could be signed to the practice squad – and he also could push Treadwell for a roster spot.

Marc from Oceanway

Tony Boselli would NEVER have stuffed Johnny O. into any lockers. If anything, your superior intellect and charm would have duped our Hall of Fame colleague into stuffing YOUR enemies into said lockers.

I am the king of all funk.

Lee from Fleming Island

Now that we already have our quarterback, what is so wrong with stocking up on defense? A few teams have been successful with that strategy in the past. Too soon for comparisons but wasn't that the model for the 1985 Bears, 2000 Ravens, even the 2017 Jaguars were not bad. All had average offenses and great defenses. Fun teams to watch.

The Jaguars first must get out of the abyss that has been the last three or four seasons. They were porous against the run and generated little pass rush for a couple of years. They were better at times last season. They're taking necessary first steps. I, too, am not quite ready to compare the Jaguars' 2022 defense with the 1985 Chicago Bears, 2000 Baltimore Ravens or the 2017 Jaguars.

Jay from SoCal

One could only wonder how different this team would have been last year if they had a decent head coach that the players and coaches respected and that contributed to the organization as a whole in a positive and motivational way. I can remember a few roles I had working under horrific bosses that l didn't respect and I knew were idiots and that really impacted my performance and the way the whole business ran. Let's hope Doug Pederson can be that coach who has a positive impact on the players and coaches that the players really want to perform at their best for and put them at their best. No question, just hope ...

Hope is a good thing. Maybe the best thing.