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Join Jaguars Inside Report Senior Editor Vic Ketchman as he tackles the fans' tough questions.

Susan from Atlantic Beach, FL:
If and when we take Udeze in the first round, what WRs stand out to you in the second round?

Vic: There are nine wide receivers in this draft who are possible first-round picks. In my opinion, that's too many for all of them to go. There will always be a run on big guys – before they're all gone – and, in my opinion, that'll cause at least two, maybe three of those wide receivers to slip into the second round. Larry Fitzgerald, Roy Williams, Lee Evans and Mike Williams are considered locks for the first round. The remaining five first-round possibles are Rashaun Woods, Devery Henderson, Michael Clayton, Reggie Williams and Michael Jenkins. Of that group, Williams and Jenkins have the slowest 40 times, and that'll probably drop them into the second round, where they would return great value.

Shane from Washington, DC:
Did you get jealous reading Rick Reilly's article in the SI swimsuit issue, where he got to assist in body-painting supermodels? Isn't that sports columnist nirvana, or do you have your own idea?

Vic: I couldn't do something like that. My hand would shake and then I'd spill paint all over my pants. Complimentary golf is my idea of sportswriter nirvana.

Mike from Miami, FL:
Can you go into details with Reggie Williams dropping so far down on your value board?

Vic: A couple of scouts told me he was a second-round prospect. Then I saw the Jaguars had him in for a visit, and I doubt if they're considering him for their pick at number nine. If the Jaguars went for, say, Kenechi Udeze or Shawn Andrews in the first round, Reggie Williams would be a wonderful pick in the second round. But maybe some other team intends to pick him in the first round. My value board is just that, my value board, and it's my opinion that in a draft loaded with wide receivers, the slower ones are likely to fall.

Luke from Jacksonville:
The schedule is out and I think the Jaguars were dealt a more-than-fair hand this year. The away game at Green Bay in December seems to be the only difficult non-conference game, and the bye week is situated smack dab in the middle of the season at week nine. How would you rate the Jags' schedule, and how does this bode for the season ahead?

Vic: No team could expect a more favorable schedule. When I look at it, the first thing that jumps out at me is its spacing. Nothing about the schedule is crowded. There is a full week's rest between all of the games. The two west coast trips are 12 weeks apart. The first seven weeks of the schedule are spent alternating away and home games, and there's only one place in the schedule where the Jaguars have to play on the road on consecutive weeks. As you mentioned, the bye week is directly in the middle of the schedule. How's that for balance? All of these things make coaches happy. Coaches aren't concerned about high-profile, nationally-televised games. They're concerned about wins, and this is the kind of schedule that can make the Jaguars a playoff contender. The second half of the schedule is especially advantageous and, in my opinion, could become a springboard to the postseason. Four of the Jaguars' first five games in the second half of the season will be at Alltel Stadium. Teams would "kill" for that kind of late-November, early-December advantage. The Jaguars will only play one cold-weather game, in Green Bay on Dec. 19. Other than for that game, there's nothing that even resembles a cool breeze. But Denver, Indianapolis and Kansas City will play at Alltel at one o'clock early in the season. I can't imagine you will hear one complaint about this schedule, other than it lacks in national-TV games. Now take a look at the Titans' and the Colts' schedules. The Titans have a stretch during which they will play their three AFC South counterparts on the road on consecutive weeks. The Colts open at New England and will play on the road three times in the season's first four weeks. When I see something like that, there's no doubt in my mind it was intentional. I'm a big schedule guy and, in my opinion, the schedule-maker went out of his way to even the scales in the AFC South this year. By the way, the first reaction to the schedule by Jaguars fans has been, oh, no, Green Bay in December? Yuck! But on the poll, fans have decidedly voted Green Bay the road game they would most like to attend.

R.J. from Jacksonville:
I know we are an east coast team, but what gives with all of the 1 p.m. games?

Vic: It's the league's way of letting us know the Jaguars are not a TV favorite. Winning will change that perception.

Vaughn from San Diego, CA:
Given your points system, what should the Chargers expect to obtain from the NY Giants if they trade down from the number one to the number four selection?

Vic: In 2001, the Falcons traded the fifth pick of the draft to the Chargers for the first pick. That left the Falcons needing to make up 1,100 points in "numeric table" difference. They gave their third-round pick to the Chargers, and also their second-round pick from the 2002 draft. That made up 910 points, and the remaining 190 points were absorbed by adding WR/KR Tim Dwight to the deal. The Falcons then stepped up to number one and drafted Michael Vick, and the Chargers dropped to five and drafted LaDainian Tomlinson, who the Falcons would've drafted had they remained at five. If the Chargers were to trade with the Giants this year, the Giants would have to make up an 800-point difference. Their second-round pick would be worth about 680 points and their third-round pick would provide 280 points, and that would total 960, which would get the deal done. But knowing Tom Coughlin the way I do, I doubt if he'd give away 160 points, so he'd probably want something back from the Chargers, such as a fourth-round pick. So, to work a first-round trade between the Chargers and the Giants, I'll say the Giants would have to give their second and third-round picks to the Chargers, who would have to give their fourth-round pick to the Giants. Points-wise, that would work, but I can't imagine Coughlin going without second and third-round picks, because the Giants are certainly not one player away. In my opinion, he would discourage Ernie Accorsi from making that deal.

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