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Marcus from Jacksonville:
Can you give us a little insight into how draft-day trades happen? They are essentially multi-million dollar business transactions that occur within minutes, so I'm just wondering how the details are ironed out so quickly.
John: Draft-day trades happen quickly, and they're approved quickly through the league office. The league and teams are accustomed to the process enough that trades usually get done with little drama under sometimes dramatic, hectic circumstances. Much of the groundwork for draft-day trades, especially more high-profile trades, actually is often done in the weeks and days leading to the draft. In the first round, for example, general managers typically have called around to other general manager beforehand to gauge interest. All general managers are facing the same time constraints and pretty much all want to enter the draft with a general idea of who might and might not want to trade. In a lot of cases, the parameters are pretty much set because most general managers have a general value chart that dictates a good or a bad trade. Once you get into the later rounds, because time is shorter and because there isn't as much preplanning and lead-up discussion, deals are typically made quickly and by the chart.
Charles from Bangalore, India:
John, what happens if Winston falls to No. 3?
John: If Jameis Winston slips to No. 3, Jaguars General Manager David Caldwell gets a big smile and does a couple of hand-stretching exercises to prepare for his phone beginning to ring. That's because in that scenario there almost certainly would be multiple trade opportunities and they almost certainly would be really good offers.
Chris from Mandarin:
A follow-up question to a comment you decided to print (but not exactly respond to) from Brian from New Hampshire. What is your opinion of how Eli and his father handled Eli being picked by the Chargers? I believe myself and others that follow you would be interested in your comments. Thank you.
John: I don't know that I feel particularly strongly one way or the other; after all, it was more than a decade ago. To refresh, Eli Manning and his father, Archie, informed the San Diego Chargers – who held the No. 1 overall selection in the 2004 NFL Draft – they didn't want them to draft him. The Mannings at the time gave little detail about why that was the case, and they said at the time they didn't plan for that information to become public. Eventually, the Chargers traded Manning to the New York Giants in exchange for the No. 4 overall selection that San Diego eventually used on Philip Rivers. Was what the Mannings did wrong? I can see how it irritated people, but I actually never have had a problem with players trying to enforce their will within the NFL's system. I didn't have a problem with Maurice Jones-Drew holding out a couple of years back even though I repeatedly said I doubted he would gain much from it. Players have limited rights unless they are free agents, but if they want to hold out or tell teams their draft-day wishes, they can do so if they wish. In Manning's case, he got his wish. Would he have gotten that wish if the Chargers hadn't known they could get Philip Rivers after the trade? Perhaps not, but they did and that's how history played out.
Dave from Orlando, FL:
O-man, of all of Tony Boselli's accomplishments, I feel the one that is most often overlooked was when he landed that plane in the Hudson. He is truly an American hero!
Darrick from Jacksonville:
I understand the frustration many fans feel about the lack of national recognition the Jaguars receive. However, I don't think all of the slights are intentional. I'm beginning to believe some of it is just a function of Jacksonville still being relatively new to the NFL. I mean, do the Carolina Panthers seem to be getting more attention than the Jaguars do? They don't appear to and they're probably the best team to compare ourselves to in this situation.
John: I don't pay much attention to how much attention Carolina gets. I guess it's a problem with my attention span. Good teams get discussed and popular teams get discussed. That's how it us. The Seattle Seahawks didn't used to get a lot of attention, then they started winning a lot of games with a lot of good players and now they get a lot of attention. That's how it works.
Bill from Springfield, MA:
Oh, wise O-Man! How much credibility do you put into the trade rumors to move up and get Mariota #2? Smoke screens?
John: I thought NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah was pretty insightful on this subject on a conference call Monday. He said when he talks to teams he hears a lot of team officials talking about other teams that love Mariota, but he doesn't hear a lot of team officials saying that their team will definitely try to move up to get Mariota. I think Mariota probably will go in the Top 10. I also think that while NFL people like a lot about him the spread-offense background scares them enough to keep there from being an all-out rush to trade up to get him at No. 2.
Keith from Palatka, FL:
The potential starting lineup for the Jaguars in 2015 only has one player that started three years ago: Paul Posluszny. Dave Caldwell has done an amazing turn-around in just three years and the roster is better on paper. Unfortunately, games aren't played on paper and Gus and Dave will not get another hall pass this year. The feel good days of "gettin' better" are OVER. This year the team, Caldwell, and Bradley will be rightly judged by wins and losses. Gus and Dave are rolling the dice with their offensive line and the development of Joeckel and Bowanko. If those two improve, as well as Bortles and the young receivers and Dave continues to add offensive weapons in the draft (running back, slot receiver, etc.) we have a shot to win several more games. For everyone's sake, Gus, Dave, the team, and the fans...I hope we do. Do you think we will?
Greg from St. Johns, FL and Section 233:
What's wrong with the standard Sunday 1 p.m. game? I love 'em. Plenty of time to tailgate, get some sun, hopefully a win, and recover before Monday. Night games are cool, but one a season is fine for me. I'm so "uncool" - I know.
John: Liking Sunday afternoon games isn't what makes you uncool, Greg. You and I agree on this point. Then again, you won't find many writers – or any of what we writers call "lesser media," for that matter – who dislike Sunday afternoon games. Night games are a grind for those working them – including players and coaches – though a lot of fans crave them.
David from Oviedo, FL:
O-man, it seems that some of these young men actually hurt their stock during the interview process. If someone is uncomfortable with this process can they respectfully decline a visit to "train" instead?
John: They can, but it's not a good idea. Teams interview prospects for a reason. They want to get to know the player and see how he reacts to different situations, including those with pressure. But most teams don't penalize a player for being uncomfortable in the interview process. Now, if he's rude, disrespectful or sits down with a crazy look in his eyes and starts singing old Billy Idol songs … that may raise what scouts and insiders call "concerns," but that's not being uncomfortable.
Christopher from Richmond, VA:
After watching the interviews of the prospects, I hope the Jaguars draft Fowler. He seems like he fits in perfect with the culture of the team. He loves football and wants to be the best. He also has a great personality. I can see him being really close with Gus. I bet Gus loved him when they met.
John: I've been around Dante Fowler Jr. a couple of times. Once was as part of a media mob at the NFL Scouting Combine and once was in a less chaotic environment at Florida's Pro Day last week. Fowler indeed was impressive in each setting. He clearly is at ease with the media and is a likeable personality. I don't doubt he and Bradley connected, and as I wrote immediately following the Pro Day, Fowler would seem to be a quick and easy fit here. None of that necessarily means the Jaguars believe he's the best selection at No. 3 overall, but there certainly appear to be minimal periphery concerns.
David from Jacksonville:
Why talk Blackmon and Boselli in all your daily posts, if they are daily? I have seen reposts on occasions. Post-answer something noteworthy pls. They are both washed up and contribute zero to our final record at years end. Enough is Enough O-Man. May have to stop reading the O-Zone.
John: I answer questions, which means the questions dictate the topic.
Ralph from Jacksonville:
O knows Bo!
John: Yeah, and it's not necessarily a good thing. As David will tell you, the guy is … what was that word? … Oh, yeah!! Washed up! And he thinks he runs the place. Oh, wait. You meant Bo "Jackson."
O-Zone: Oh no, Bo
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Marcus from Jacksonville: