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JACKSONVILLE – Let's get to it …

Chris from Niagara Falls, Canada

Hey, Zone. I liked the Jags' draft this year and I'm excited they have so many picks again next year. But if they fail to come away with the quarterback of their future, be it Gardner Minshew II or someone else, it all really doesn't mean much. Let's hope Minshew mania runs wild so we don't have to cross that bridge!

You couldn't be more right. While everything else the Jaguars have done this offseason matters, the best and perhaps only way to have sustained NFL success is to have a settled – and preferably elite – quarterback situation. The reality is that for as much analysis – and as much criticism – as there has been around Jaguars General Manager David Caldwell II and the Jaguars' roster, everything about the franchise would look different (read: better) had he hit on a quarterback No. 3 overall in 2014. I don't know if Minshew is the Jaguars' quarterback of the future. No one does. But he's definitely the most important story about this organization until we learn the answer.

Jason from North Pole, AK

Shoutout to Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette for handling the trade buzz with class. When I saw we weren't able to trade him I thought, "Here we go again." I am relieved that this will be a non-issue moving forward. Here's to hoping it gets him a lucrative second contract here or somewhere else.


Mark from Archer, FL

I am all for drafting high-character players. However, just because they are high-character players does not mean they will put up with the front office trying to low ball them when it is time for a new contract. Or that they will be happy seeing average or below average players getting big paydays while the top-talent players are not getting anything close to a decent offer.

Two questions. Who did the Jaguars "low ball?" And when did the Jaguars' top talent not get anything close to a decent offer? I know there are players who believe they were low-balled and I know there are fans who believe the Jaguars low-balled players, but who are the players? Really?

Ryan from Jax

Yes, fans gonna fan. We are over-emotional and we think we know more football than the people in charge. But how about the phrase "senior writers gonna senior write?" You will always put a positive twist on things no matter how bad it is ... because the owner writes your checks.

Read more carefully. And listen more closely. Or don't. I sleep either way.

Greg from Section 122 and Jacksonville

On the subject of draft approach. When you have a significant amount of picks like the Jaguars, why wouldn't make sense to trade them for higher picks to get better talent? And I know you have to have trade partners for this to work. In this case would it be better to have six picks in the first three rounds instead of 12 in the lower? Is the talent level that close that a sixth-round pick is just as productive as a third-round pick? This question is just because I saw so much talent we passed on for other needs. This team has historically lived in 20/20 hindsight.

The Jaguars might have been able to package their three selections in Round 4 to move up for one selection in Round 3. Any they might have been able to package their two selections in Round 5 to move up to Round 4. They weren't going to be able to package their lower-round selections to get into Round 2. They might have been able to move up a few slots in those early rounds, but they wouldn't have been able to vault as far as your question suggests. The Jaguars believed the depth in this draft was good enough that they didn't want to give up a fourth-round selection, for instance, to move up four slots in Round 1. That's the long-term approach fans doubted Caldwell would take. Well, he took it.

Scott from Gilbert, AZ

Zone, just so I got this straight ... the picks we brought to the draft were too valuable to move around the board, but Tampa's offer to give us their three and four this year weren't valuable enough to move back to 14 knowing the Bucs would go OT; with Florida cornerback CJ Henderson, Clemson cornerback CB A.J. Terrell, South Carolina defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw, wide receiver Cee Dee Lamb, and two guys they would've taken at 9 in Jerry Jeudy and K'Lavon Chaisson still on the board? I get that they liked Henderson, but am curious how the math works considering it was a very deep draft for corners and there were some quality big-ends and running backs in Rounds 3 and 4? Based on their philosophy and approach this year, wouldn't 14 picks have been better than 12?

Not if they wanted Henderson.

zac from austin, tejas

Obviously the answer is both, but I would appreciate the KOAF to elaborate. What will it take for Minshew to keep the job after this season - stats or wins?

The answer absolutely is both. He also will need to show growth from his rookie season in key areas such as accuracy with certain throws, pocket presence and knowing when to run. He also will need to eliminate long stretches of ineffectiveness. He had a few too many of those as a rookie. If he cleans those areas, he'll go a long way to silencing his detractors.

Alon from Malibu, CA

Jaguars hoped to trade defensive end Yannick Ngakoue prior or during draft for a first-round pick. With draft over, the Yannick-Khan twitter exchange, Yannick's contract demands, Clowney availability with no compensation, and Trent Williams going for a third rounder, and "no offers," do you think Yannick's value is still at least a first rounder?

Was that his value before?

Colton from St. Augustine, FL

Seems like we now have a plethora of big guys on the interior of the D-line. As of now, do you see Abry Jones and Taven Bryan being the starters? I see it being a heavy rotation of guys like Al Woods, Rodney Gunter, and now rookie Davon Hamilton as well. How do you see the interior D-line shaking out?

I see Bryan starting alongside Al Woods or possibly Hamilton. Jones is a very valuable player, but he played too many snaps last season and is probably better as a key rotation piece. My guess is Woods will start early with Hamilton eventually moving into the starting lineup.

Bruce from Green Cove Springs, FL

I once watched a Vince Lombardi documentary. That makes me smarter than Head Coach Doug Marrone. I saw a YouTube video about former Raiders owner Al Davis. That makes me smarter than David Caldwell. I used to listen to Sly and the Family Stone records. That makes me the King of all … oh, never mind.

I am the King of All Funk.

Josh from Atlanta, GA

Can you please explain the Norwell re-negotiation? On the surface it just seems we gave him $9 million guaranteed instead of $11.5 non-guaranteed. I have no idea why they would consider, that but I also don't know how his contract was fully structured before the negotiating. Was this a good move or honestly does it mean anything at all?

The Jaguars reportedly renegotiated the contract of veteran guard Andrew Norwell Tuesday, guaranteeing him $9 million instead of paying him $11.5 million over the course of the season. The benefit for the player is it gives him security of a guaranteed contract. The benefit for the team is it saves $3 million on the salary cap for a player they believe will be with the team all season.

Brian from Canford, NJ

O- In the constant influx of new talent during this draft, it seems that the Culligan girl got lost in the shuffle. What round was she selected?

I have no idea what you're talking about.

Nick from Annapolis, MD

You probably have answered this, as one came out a while ago, but at least one post draft power ranking has the Jaguars 32 out of 32. On a scale from a bit ignorant to wildly out of touch with reality, how would you describe that rating? I would be really shocked, but probably not all that disappointed if young players show promise, if the Jaguars end up with the first-overall pick in 2021. An abysmal year for Minshew would seem to be required to achieve that.

I don't expect the Jaguars to make the playoffs next season. I think the youth will make a winning season difficult, though not out of the question. I don't expect them to have the No. 1 overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft. I don't know how Minshew will fare next season, but I absolutely don't expect him to play poorly enough for the Jaguars to have the NFL's worst record.

Daniel from Jersey City, NJ

O-man, are you sure that's actually Jerrell? All this positivity and optimism seems awfully suspicious.

I agree and no, I am not sure.