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Williams was their guy

Join senior editor Vic Ketchman as he tackles the fans' tough questions.

Tony from Suwanee, GA:
Prior to the draft, everything we read from you and heard from Shack and Jack is to pick the best available player and to make sure you got the value of your pick. I think Ben Roethlisberger had more value than Reggie Williams with the ninth pick. In my opinion, the Steelers played a game of "chicken" with the Jags and won. If the Jags had selected Roethlisberger, the Steelers would have given up some type of draft pick in 2004 or 2005 to trade for him. Even a fifth-round pick would have been worthwhile and it may have shocked Pittsburgh into giving us a second or third-round pick. If Pittsburgh did not trade, then Williams would have probably been available at 13 and Buffalo would have been a trade opportunity. San Diego was in a similar position knowing Manning would not play for them. They took the value pick and got rewarded. Why do you think Jacksonville did not get the full value of their pick?

Vic: After having made the pick, James Harris told reporters he was not interested in trading down because the Jaguars had their guy and they wanted to stay where they were and pick him. Of course, Reggie Williams was their guy. I checked out the story and Harris absolutely told us the truth. Buffalo approached the Jaguars about moving up, but the Jaguars said they had their guy and they were staying where they were. Of course, Buffalo wanted to move ahead of Pittsburgh to take Ben Roethlisberger, but the Jaguars were afraid that, had they moved back to 13, another team would move ahead of them and take Williams. We'll never know what would've happened, but what we do know is the Jaguars were firm in their intent on drafting Williams. He was the guy they wanted.

Gary from Pocatello, ID:
What did you think of the trading of Kevin Johnson? I know the Jags had just drafted a WR in the first round and they had to make room for him, but was a fourth-round pick enough in return for a player of Johnson's caliber?

Vic: The Jaguars got Kevin Johnson off waivers from Cleveland, then traded him for a fourth-round pick. You don't see the value in that?

Paul from Temecula, CA:
What was the whole deal with trading Darius? Why didn't he get dealt?

Vic: Da.

Mike from Bridgeport, CT:
The last time I asked, you told me to ask after the draft. Now it's after the draft, so when do you see the Jaguars returning to the playoffs?

Vic: I expect the Jaguars to be a division title contender this year.

Jim from Sioux City, IA:
I have to ask a question about kickers. You have mentioned many times the kicker should not be drafted high, even saying we may have drafted too high in the fifth round. I guess my question is that with most of the highest-scoring players in NFL history being kickers, why would someone who can have that kind of game-changing potential be drafted low?

Vic: Because usually you can claim the guy after he's been cut. Gary Anderson is the NFL's all-time scoring leader, but the Bills cut him from his rookie training camp after having drafted him in the seventh round. There aren't many kickers who don't get cut.

Alan from Jacksonville:
You said in previous "Ask Vic" columns the "diamonds" are hard to find on the second day of the draft. Did we find any?

Vic: The Jaguars have given themselves several "diamond" opportunities. In my opinion, Anthony Maddox, Ernest Wilford and Sean Bubin have strong "diamond in the rough" potential. Jack Del Rio gushed about Maddox, and I feel the same way about Wilford.

Joey from Jacksonville:
With all the to-do about 40 times with the receivers (Reggie Williams in particular), I'd be interested to know what Jimmy Smith's 40 time is. He's had a great knack for getting behind defenders and I never heard anyone call him a burner. Same could be said for the greatest receiver of all time. I doubt if Mr. Rice was a 4.4 guy, either. I think it has more to do with technique than raw track speed. Your opinion?

Vic: You're right, Jerry Rice wasn't a speed guy, but Jimmy Smith always has been. Smith's game has always been speed. When he was at the peak of his career, Smith was a burner. He has always been the perfect combination of size and speed. Technique is a great thing, but this game is built on raw speed. Don't kid yourself that it isn't.

Jon-Michael from Starke, FL:
Which teams ended up with the most picks this year? Which team had the fewest?

Vic: Tennessee has the largest draft class with 13 players chosen. Washington has the smallest class with four picks.

Ian from Chesapeake, VA:
I always get confused where the strong and weakside LBers are positioned. The SLB is on the right side of the MLB and the WLB on the left side of the MLB?

Vic: The strongside linebacker is usually on the tight end side of the field, whatever that is. All you need to know is the SLB is lined up to the strong side of the offensive formation, while the WLB is positioned on the weak side of the offensive formation.

Jim from Cleveland, MS:
Having seen Maddox play at Delta State and knowing he signed with Florida State out of high school, my question is will you ever apologize for giving him a B when he makes the Pro Bowl by 2007?

Vic: When I was in school, a B was reason to get down on my knees and thank the teacher who gave it to me.

Kamal from Novi, MI:
Is Reggie Williams an X receiver in the Jimmy Smith deep-threat mold, or a Z receiver similar to what Keenan McCardell used to be for us?

Vic: If by X you mean a big-play guy and touchdown-maker, then he better be an X. That's why Reggie Williams was drafted in the top 10. You don't draft possession receivers that high. Jimmy Smith remains the Jaguars' X receiver. In time, I would expect that distinction to be passed on to Williams. The X is considered to be the premier pass-receiving position, largely because he's lined up alone on his side of the field.

Bill from Jacksonville:
What happened that the Jaguars didn't recognize what they had in Jeff Posey?

Vic: They recognized it, but they had major salary cap problems that forbid them from competing financially for any player.

Jim from Jacksonville:
What a fun idea to have an "Ask Vic" party. For those of us who don't like golf (no sport is more boring to this Jags fan), how about just a party?

Vic: How about this? We tie the event to a preseason game. We have a golf tournament and reception on one day, then go to the game the next day.

Mike from Jacksonville:
Vic, as usual, I loved your work before and after the draft, giving us all insight into the train of thought the Jags were going with. As we didn't select a DE and we appear to be re-signing Brackens and sticking with Douglas, it makes me wonder why we selected two LBers and a DT. Are we switching to a 3-4 next season? It would seem as if we are getting the pieces in place to do so.

Vic: The pieces are not in place to switch to a 3-4 and the Jaguars have no intention of doing so. This is a 4-3 team that is building its roster to fit that philosophy. There is absolutely nothing to suggest differently.

Maurice from Mbodiene, Senegal:
I consider the Williams pick to be "reachy" (which is the general feeling around the league), only from a trade-value standpoint. What do you think?

Vic: Maybe they could've traded down and still have gotten their guy, and maybe they would've lost him. We'll never know.

Shane from Washington, DC:
How do teams sign undrafted rookies? It seems like it must be a free-for-all among the players and the teams, with both trying to find the best fit and opportunity. Are there any rules at all to govern the chaos?

Vic: It's not chaos. Teams turn to the players on their board who went undrafted. The best way to describe it is college recruiting with money. Hmmm.

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