JACKSONVILLE – Let's get to it …
Zach from Jacksonville
Outside of possibly Florida tight end Kyle Pitts falling, could you possibly see a scenario where the Jags move up in the draft from No. 25?
Yes. I could also see the Jaguars moving down in Round 1, then moving back up. Or moving up in Round 1, then trading back down. This answer is not meant to be snide, but to point out a couple of things. One is there's no real way to know if the Jaguars want to trade up or down – or if a trade is a real possibility – until they actually do or don't do it. That's the nature of the NFL Draft; before it happens, it's all speculation (even No. 1 overall). Specific to your question: The Jaguars have enough draft capital that trading up in Round 1 makes sense, but they also could benefit from staying where they are and using their five premium selections – two in Round 1, two in Round 2 and in one Round 3 – to add five potential first- and second-year starters. An intriguing thing to watch here: Jaguars General Manager Trent Baalke is known for moving around in the draft to enhance positioning. That doesn't mean only moving up. It can mean trading to maximize selections at what he considers the sweet spots of the draft. That can mean moving up for a selection, then moving back for multiple selections if he thinks there's value in a later tier of the draft. With 11 selections, Baalke will have ample capital with which to maneuver. Keep an eye on this, particularly on the second two days of the draft. And sure … keep an eye on Pitts, too. He's intriguing. No doubt.
Sean from Jacksonville
Watt stated he wanted to play on a contender, so that rules out the Jaguars. It would be awesome though, kind of like the Calais Campbell deal. I'm still looking forward to the offseason. I foresee another No. 1 wide receiver being added. Thoughts, opinions, or snark on those matters?
I agree that it feels like a longshot for the Jaguars to sign former Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt if he's looking to play for a contender. The Jaguars appear likely to have the feel of a team heading in the right direction, but selling a 10-year veteran that a 1-15 team will contend the following season still will be difficult. Regarding the Jaguars' approach at wide receiver … this absolutely is an area to watch this offseason. The Jaguars' receiving corps of DJ Chark Jr., Laviska Shenault and Collin Johnson feels like a good group around which to grow. Adding a "True No. 1?" Or a pure "speed receiver?" I could see the Jaguars going either direction depending on availability. Stay tuned.
Bryan from Egg Harbor Twp, NJ
O-Man, is there usually a higher price to move from No. 33 to No. 31 or No. 32 due to the fifth-year option? As opposed to moving up one spot in another round.
A bit, yes.
Fred from Jacksonville
Regarding Watt and "the perception we aren't ready to contend," wasn't that the same perception before Calais signed? MJWD.
Fair point, but the Jaguars broke the bank for defensive end Calais Campbell in 2017 because he was one of the premier players on the free-agent market. Watt has one season with more than five sacks in the last five seasons and he has missed 32 games in that span. He is a bit more of a risk and therefore perhaps a different scenario than Campbell in 2017.
Cliff from Everywhere with helicopter
How great is it gonna be next February when Boselli's induction is announced and then Trevor leads the Jags to their first Super Bowl all on the same weekend? Pretty darn great.
I'd click on that.
Steve from Woodbine, GA
How many games are the Jaguars going to win in 2021? I always love your predictions.
A few. No … more than a few. A lot. No … not that many. I haven't the foggiest idea. Tell you what: Let's let the Jaguars sign a free agent or two – and get a slightly better idea about the makeup of the roster –before we dig into the prediction phase of the offseason.
Nick from Virginia Beach, VA
You go, girl.
Sascha from Cologne, Germany
Hey John, do you think Trevor Lawrence did a good enough job on his Pro Day Friday to confirm his No. 1 pick status?
Yes. But I also think he probably would have had to fall down and weep uncontrollably before the session and rifle the ball backward into Jaguars Head Coach Urban Meyer's stomach while laughing uncontrollably and yelling "I am Manima-a-a-aa-a-a-a-alll!!!!!", to hurt his draft status. Actually, even that probably wouldn't have hurt it much.
Unhipcat from b-bar-h, CA
Hi John … since the Jags hold the top selection in the draft, I'm starting to think my plan to have Tom Waits and Keith Richards alternate taking snaps as Jaguars QB is nothing but a pipe dream.
They're just thorns without the rose. Be careful of them in the dark.
Alejandro from Mexico City, Mexico
Our Jags start with the best salary cap of the league. With good cap management, is possible to hire four top free agents like Denver Broncos free safety Justin Simmons, New York Giants defensive lineman Leonard Williams, San Francisco 49ers left tackle Trent Williams and Chicago Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson? Or which could be a real expectation for the 2021 overexcited Jaguars fans??? Thanks, KOAF.
You're probably talking $65-to-75 million cap space for those four players. The Jaguars in theory could be in the conversation for four players of that level. All make sense at some level because of their positions, with Leonard Williams perhaps being the most logical because of the Jaguars' need on the defensive line. The Jaguars obviously probably won't sign all these players. But many observers believe they will be one of the more active teams in free agency, and this could be a year when a lot of teams aren't overly active. And there is all that cap room. So …
Tom from Charlottesville, VA
I submit that there will be no pressure on Trevor Lawrence if he has a bad game! All he has to do is get a haircut and blame it on the Samson syndrome!!
"I am Manima-a-a-aa-a-a-a-alll!!!!!"
Zack from Wisco
Two questions, O-man. Could you see a trade package involving Pick No. 25 and 33 to move up if there was a big-time prospect that falls? If so, how far do you think the Jags could move up with such a trade? Ok three questions. Do other reporters and analysts reach out to you as a team source ever?
Trading the No. 25 and No. 33 selections in the draft typically would enable a team to move up to around No. 10 or so. I would be a little surprised if the Jaguars made such a move because it would mean trading two potential starters for one, so such a move obviously would mean they were getting a player they believed was special. Like … really special. As far as your third question, I speak to people in the media and analysts quite often. We discuss the Jaguars, obviously. But analysts and reporters with whom I speak have far better sources within the team and the league than myself. They don't need to ask me for "inside" information along these lines, and they don't need me to do their jobs.
Messi from Barcelona, Spain
JO - Do you remember the lyric from the Cledus T Judd song "I'd call Tracy Lawrence, but he's in the next cell beside me?" Can I change the name to Trevor Lawrence and make it the new Jag theme song?
Josh R. from Fernandina Beach, FL
Hey Zone: On the premise that the Jaguars shore up the middle of the D-Line next year with an above-average crew, what are your objective expectations from Josh Allen going into his third season? Thanks, and GO JAGS!!
I expect Jaguars third-year defensive end Josh Allen to be a franchise-defining player. I expect the Jaguars' new decision-makers will have similar expectations. I expect such a player in his third NFL season to play like it. That doesn't mean a certain sacks or pressures number. It does mean disruption and mattering within the framework or the defense and having the feel of a player who will be a foundation piece for the franchise.
Art from Drexel Hill
Teal and Trevor? I think I'm going to faint.
Steve from Across the Ditch
Any inside info on if Gene Frenette consulted with Urban yet on the direction of the franchise?
For consulting to occur, and there must be a willing consultor and a willing consultee. Longtime Florida Times-Union sports columnist and Northeast Florida cultural icon Eugene P. "Gene" Frenette indeed is the former. No one would argue that.