Join Jaguars Inside Report Senior Editor Vic Ketchman as he tackles the fans' tough questions.
Jeremiah from Jacksonville:
Great column, Vic. My question is about the draft. The last two years, the Jags have gotten two offensive linemen in the second round who most "experts" had going in the first round. Are there any prospects like Maurice Williams or Mike Pearson you see falling to us in the second round?
Vic: Vince Manuwai of Hawaii is a first-round bubble guy. He is generally considered to be the second-best guard in the draft and he carries a borderline first-round grade from most draftnik publications, but most draftniks also expect Manuwai will go at the top of the second round. He can also play the center position, which would make him a perfect fit for the Jaguars and, at their spot in the second round, he would probably be the best player available.
Shawn from Jacksonville:
Great job, Vic, on this column and Jaguars Inside Report. I was wondering, since the Jaguars are considering a QB in the draft, do you think they would use a pick on the second day on Drew Henson, even if he is committed to his "so-called" baseball career? The way the guy is playing in the minor leagues, he will never make it to the majors. Also, I think this guy has more of an upside than any QB in the draft.
Vic: Drew Henson is in the second year of a six-year contract with the Yankees, who I'm guessing didn't pay Henson a huge signing bonus without stipulating in his contract he can't walk away from baseball to play in the NFL. So, you start with that; he's property of the Yankees for the next five years. In his first season in the minors last year, he struggled. But my information is he's doing very well this spring. I was told he's hitting .320. Henson's situation is not cut and dry. In most cases, the rights to a drafted player last until the next year's draft. But Henson is a special case. If you could keep his rights until his baseball career is over, he might be worth a seventh-round pick. But is this necessary? America is full of football players. Find one who wants to play now.
Dave from Providence, RI:
I know each draft spot has a point value to it, and with that said, say the Jags make a draft day trade with the Ravens. What would the Ravens have to give up to move up two picks in the draft?
Vic: Forget the point values. Everything changes when a quarterback is involved. Rumor is the Ravens love Byron Leftwich. If Leftwich was still available with the eighth pick of the draft, moving up two places might cost the Ravens their second-round pick this year and their first-round pick next year, in addition to swapping first-round picks with the Jaguars this year. How's that? Move down two spots and get a second and a one. Franchise-caliber quarterbacks carry that kind of value. But if you make the deal, you better hope that guy doesn't turn into a star. Maybe the Ravens should've drafted Daunte Culpepper when they had the chance.
Jim from Jacksonville:
Do you think Musa Smith would fit into the Jaguars offense? If the Jaguars do end up drafting a running back, which one would be the best fit?
Vic: Musa Smith would fit into any offense. Who doesn't want a big, strong, fast running back? He fit into Georgia's offense and you would hardly classify it as a run-the-ball attack. The Jaguars need a "pounder" to complement Fred Taylor; they need a short-yardage guy. Smith is that kind of a running back. He doesn't fit high in the second round. He's considered more of a low second-round pick. If he slipped into the third round and if he was the best player available, I wouldn't have any problem with the Jaguars picking him.
Don from Jacksonville:
I was an LA Rams fan all the way back to Roman Gabriel, before Jacksonville got a team. When did James Harris play quarterback for them? I can't remember.
Vic: James Harris was with the Rams from 1972-76. He was the Rams' starting quarterback in 1975 and was the MVP of that season's Pro-Bowl game, throwing two touchdown passes and rallying the NFC to a 14-13 win. He finished his career with the Chargers (1977-81).
Mike from Lewisburg, PA:
What would the cap ramifications be for trading Brunell?
Vic: Mark Brunell is scheduled to be an $8.75 million hit on the Jaguars' 2003 salary cap. Of that amount, $2 million is bonus amortization and $6.75 million is salary. He has $4 million of remaining bonus amortization. If he was traded, all of that remaining amortization would accelerate into '03, but his $6.75 million salary would be deducted from his cap number. The bottom line is he would be a $4.75 million salary cap savings if he was traded.
Brian from Toronto, Canada:
Thanks for all of the informative comments over the years. Keep up the good work and don't worry, sooner or later all of your fans will understand the whole draft-the-best-player concept. My question to you is regarding the possibilities in the second or third round of the draft. As it is doubtful a WR worth taking with the eighth pick will be available, do you see any good values in the second or third round. I've been reading a lot about Tyrone Calico, who's raw but has a ton of potential. Do you think either a Taylor Jacobs or Kelley Washington could fall into round two? Thanks in advance for your thoughts.
Vic: Kelley Washington may be available to the Jaguars in the second round. There are concerns about a neck injury that resulted in a fusion operation last November, and that could drop his stock. Tyrone Calico lit up the scouts' eyes with his workout numbers, which include a 4.4 40-time by a 6-3, 223-pound man. Wow! But he wasn't all that productive at Middle Tennessee State and his hands and receiving skills are suspect. Forget about the risk players at wide receiver. The position is loaded with prospects and the Jaguars should be able to find a solid pass-catcher deep into the draft. I'll throw a name at you: Billy McMullen of Virginia. He's a 6-3, 210-pound wide receiver who was super-productive at Virginia, but he doesn't have true deep speed. I'm not suggesting he's headed for stardom, but if you're looking for a possession-type receiver on the second day of the draft, McMullen is your man. Very honestly, after the first round, the speed receivers will be, for the most part, gone.