Join Jaguars Inside Report Senior Editor Vic Ketchman as he tackles the fans' tough questions.
Tirth from Jacksonville:
Has there been any player you could remember who was a "workout warrior" and increased his position in the draft to the first round and then went on to have at least a decent career? I think there have been more busts in this situation. Wouldn't you think teams would shy away from players like Fabian Washington and Matt Jones for those reasons?
Vic: I checked back through several drafts to find an example of what you're describing, but I couldn't. You're right about the odds being decidedly against a team when it picks a "workout warrior" in the first round, but, honestly, there aren't many examples of "workout warriors" being selected in the first round. Mike Mamula remains the definitive example. Players have pushed their way into the second round with big workouts. Michael Boulware immediately comes to mind. Boulware had a big pro-day workout last year. He ran a fast 40 and shot his stock up. Some thought Boulware might have even pushed himself into the first round, but teams are cautious with how they spend their money these days. Boulware was selected by Seattle with the 21st pick of the second round. He intercepted five passes last season, returned one for a touchdown, had a sack and was one of the Seahawks' leading tacklers. If you're looking for an example of a "workout warrior" who became a productive player, he's a good one.
Daniel from Jacksonville:
The Broncos traded their first-round pick to the Redskins and ESPN said the Redskins are interested in getting Jason Campbell. Do you think the Jags could trade Garrard to the Redskins for that pick?
Vic: And do you think the Redskins would go back to the Jaguars for a quarterback a year after giving the Jaguars a third-round pick for Mark Brunell? Do you think that would cause a firestorm of protest from the Redskins' fans and media? How much humiliation can one team endure?
Rory from Chestertown, MD:
Garrard signing that deal seemed really unexpected to me. This makes me wonder if this is really to enhance the chances of trading him on draft day and getting more in return, since teams will know what they will be paying for him over the next few years. Surtain for Garrard would seem like an interesting trade to me.
Vic: You're forgetting about the $2 million signing bonus the Jaguars gave David Garrard. If the Jaguars trade Garrard tomorrow, they would have to take a full amortization hit on this year's salary cap, not to mention the fact that they would have given away $2 million of real money for no reason. They could've traded him without signing him to a new deal and a team would've had a year to get a very cheap look at Garrard. This deal wasn't done for the purpose of trading Garrard in this year's draft. It was done to give the team flexibility in how they pursue Garrard's future.
Patrick from Columbia, SC:
Whatever happened to Jason White?
Vic: He's available. I expect some coach will draft him in the seventh round so he can say, "All he does is win."
Scott from Phoenix, AZ:
What was the average salary for football players in the 1960's?
Vic: Other than for the quarterback, starters averaged about $10,000 a year. Quarterbacks made more, depending on how good they were.
Rob from St. Augustine, FL:
How long does the draft last on Saturday and Sunday? I know it starts at noon.
Vic: Saturday won't end until the third round is complete. That'll be somewhere between 10-11 p.m. Sunday begins at 11 a.m. and usually ends in the early evening hours.
Jeff from Jacksonville:
I would like to know if this year is going to be a make-it-or-break-it year for coach Del Rio and our so-called star quarterback, Byron Leftwich? I just do not understand why other coaches can restructure a team to playoff levels in a shorter time than the Jags, and how much longer will it take Leftwich to become more accurate on his passing? Am I off-target with this question or just missing the big picture?
Vic: Everybody is into break-out years and break-through seasons. What they failed to detect was that the player was breaking-out and the team was breaking-through right under their noses and they didn't even see it. You don't just all of a sudden win. Winning is the product of patient development and you're not alone when it comes to lacking patience. San Diego almost junked Drew Brees because they were running out of patience. Is that what you want to do? Do you wanna junk Byron Leftwich after just two seasons? Is that the timetable you afford young quarterbacks? Take your team to the playoffs in your second season or get out? How about a college education? Should that really take four years? And what was with needing the entire decade of the 1960's to get to the moon?
Bill from Woodbury, MN:
I am a big follower and love the business side of the game. I have been impressed with how the Vance-Harris-Del Rio trio has handled the cap lately. The Garrard deal impresses me the most. Whoever was good enough to lock him up was brilliant. Everyone waiting for him to hit free agency loses out, and we have a back-up for a good price. His trade value goes up because no one has to pay him huge money next year. They can get him and test him first. All this and they did it before the draft, so as to dangle him out there to tempt the QB needy, like Washington. The Hayward deal was well done, Wiley was great, Stroud was impressive, Garrard was brilliant; very thoughtful and exactly what no one expected. Thoughts?
Vic: I agree with you on everything except the trade scenario for this weekend.
Nick from Bloomsburg, PA:
Instead of Heath Miller in the first round, how about Chevy Troutman in the sixth or seventh?
Vic: Chevy Troutman is pursuing a career in the NBA right now. I think that takes him out of draft consideration because you would have wasted a pick if Troutman makes it in the NBA, and draft picks are too valuable to waste. In my opinion, the thing to do is wait for Troutman's future in the NBA to be decided. If and when basketball doesn't work for him, that's when you try to sign him to a free-agent contract.