Let's get to it . . Jason from Jacksonville:
Wow. Are the Rams set or what?
John: The Rams obviously got one of the better trades in recent league history. If they select wisely, they can build a young team with elite-level players. They also will be helped because with the new Collective Bargaining Agreement they can afford to pay those players under the salary cap. That would have been a major problem before. Now, whether they are "set" or not depends on how they do with the selections. One thing is for sure: if they're not set there are going to be a lot of tough questions to answer.
Eddie from St. Augustine, FL:
I was thinking we might be in a good position to trade back with a team who wants Tannehill, but then I looked at the draft order and it doesn't look that great for us. There are really only three teams who seem likely to be after a new QB left: Cleveland at four, Miami with eight, and Seahawks with the 12th. The Seahawks seem like the only realistic partner so I guess we should hope they don't sign Flynn or Manning.
John: You make a good point, and certainly the teams wanting a quarterback seem to be dwindling. One thing to remember is that you don't always know what teams are really thinking about their quarterback situations. I agree that Seattle seems like a possibility, but Kansas City is at No. 11 and Arizona is at No. 13. I'd argue that those teams could be looking for a quarterback; their pursuit of Peyton Manning indicates as much. Also, teams have been known to trade up for more than just quarterbacks. There's a long way to go in this process.
John from Jacksonville:
Killer Instinct. That's what sets Blackmon apart from all the other receivers in the draft. The same type of killer instinct that Santonio Holmes has shown flashes of. Do you agree? And do you think he'll be able to consistently translate that part of his game to an NFL level?
John: Maybe. I agree that Blackmon looked very good in college, and he had an incredible knack for making big plays in big games. That has helped his status among fans. I also know that the receivers in recent seasons who have made huge, franchise-altering impact – players such as A.J. Green, Calvin Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald – have been pretty much consensus, "clean" prospects. By clean I mean just about without flaws with everyone agreeing they would be impact players. Blackmon's not that, and that's what's going to make the coming six weeks intriguing.
Amata from Keene, TX:
Enough about Blackmon, I mean come on, Jags fan. Floyd is the BETTER receiver, hands down. First, he's bigger at 6' 3" and 220. Blackmon is 6' 1" and 212. He's faster, he clocked in at 4.42 on his forty. Blackmon's time was 4.46. Floyd played against better defenses, and still managed a 1,000-yard season. Blackmon did not face a passing defense ranked under 50 all season. Come on now, HAVE I BEEN HEARD?
John: I don't know about "hands down," so I can't quite HEAR you, but there are a lot of football people who aren't sure Blackmon is far and away the draft's best receiver.
Carl from Jacksonville:
Well, we finally roll a seven by trading a seventh-rounder for Lowery, who in return played pretty darn good for his first year at safety. Is he gone already? With the lack of quality safies in the league he looks like a future Pro Bowler for sure.
John: Not "for sure," but the Jaguars would like to have Lowery back. One of the toughest parts of free agency is trying to get a player re-signed if they have the desire to test the market. It seems apparent Lowery wants to do that, and seems apparent Mincey does, too. You don't want to lose guys like that, but you also don't want to overpay players. As far as Lowery and the Pro Bowl, let's be patient. He played well for the Jaguars this season. Did he play well enough to make people know for sure he's going to be an elite-level player? I'm not sure.
Chris from Section 217:
You are the best part of my day and I really appreciate the hard work you've done. With that said, I'm all about giving Gabbert a real shot this year. I just can't help but think what if we got Garrard back as a backup. Then, if the season goes south we can see what he's got left. Just a thought, If he can go 8-8 with a really bad defense imagine what he could do with a top 10 one. Thanks again.
John: What's done is done and the past is the past. Time to move on. As for being the best part of your day, if that's true, I wouldn't want to be you – and my days aren't always all that good.
Shane from Jacksonville:
Wherever Peyton goes, what do you think will happen: Does Peyton run the team again? In saying this, I mean that it's pretty obvious that over the years in Indy, Peyton Manning's offensive coordinator has been no one other than Peyton Manning. Will he try to instill the way he runs things, or does he conform to his new team's ways of doing things?
John: First off, the idea that Manning was the offensive coordinator in Indianapolis is a bit overplayed. Yes, he was as good as I've ever seen at calling plays at the line of scrimmage, but until 2010 or so he was hardly taking complete control of the offense. The Colts' coordinator before that, Tom Moore, is among the best of the last two or three decades and he had a strong hand in the offense. As for your question, I think whatever team signs Manning will certainly run the offense the Colts ran, but I also think he wants to get with a team with a strong head coach. I don't get the sense he wants to run the team. I get the sense he wants to get in a situation with a chance to win a Super Bowl.
Joey from Middleburg, FL:
With the vetting of the Colts roster, what happens if Luck "pulls an Eli" and states he won't play for them? Do they trade back, take RG3, draft him anyway? Would it still be possible for Washington to back out of the STL deal and offer it to Indy?
John: The Redskins can't back out of the deal. As for Luck pulling out, I gave this some thought Saturday morning after the Colts continued to release veterans Friday. My question is, 'What would Luck do as an alternative?" Sit out a year? I don't see that happening.
Stephen from Gatlinburg, TN:
Realizing that anything can happen any year, is this the kind of year where we could watch the Jags make an early round selection that is completely off everyone's radar? After all, Gene Smith is a BAP GM, and we don't know what his criteria are for deciding BAP. An inquiring mind wants to know your opinion.
John: It is such a year, which is why I mocked Whitney Mercilus to the Jaguars at No. 7 a few weeks back. Would the Jaguars actually take him? I have no idea, but I do know if the Jaguars believe a player worthy of a selection they're not going to care about radars.
Zach from Jacksonville:
With the news of Dallas Clark being released from the Colts, is there a possibility of the Jags possibly signing Clark as a good complement to Marcedes?
John: I would be surprised if Clark doesn't go where Peyton Manning ends up. I'm not sure given Clark's recent injury history that he's going to sign a huge money deal and from what I know about Clark, I get the idea he would welcome a chance to finish his career playing with Manning – and therefore finish on a high note. I get the idea the same is true of Reggie Wayne, and the more I look at the whole scenario, I see Manning, Wayne and Clark playing together next season.
Peter from Kinston, ON:
Any chance we see Mathis get reps at FS, especially if they acquire another CB via FA or draft and/or Lowery walks?
John: I don't see that. Mathis doesn't want to play safety and doesn't think of himself as a safety. He's a cornerback, and that's where he wants to play.
Dave from Duluth, GA:
RGIII better turn out to be really, really good. And I'm guessing that scrambling ability is going to come in handy cause there ain't gonna be any first round tackles getting drafted for him anytime soon!
John: You're right. He better be good, but Luck better be good, too. And Ryan Leaf needed to be good, and so did Tim Couch and Peyton Manning. If a guy gets taken that early in the draft there's pressure and I don't know much more pressure is added just because the team gave up a lot to get him.
Time to move on
Let's get to it . . Jason from Jacksonville: