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Jags GM content sticking with No. 2 pick

04/11 10:11 AM

Two weeks removed from his first draft as Jacksonville Jaguars general manager, Dave Caldwell said while he could trade down, the franchise will be very happy to stay at No. 2.

Two weeks ahead of his first draft as Jacksonville Jaguars general manager, Dave Caldwell said that although he could trade down, the franchise will be happy to stay at No. 2.

"We would be open to both [staying put or trading down]," he said. "There is a player there at two that we're going to draft and that's going to make us better, we feel good about that, and we have a consensus here from our personnel staff and our coaching staff. It would have to be the right situation for us to move back and bypass that player."

Being happy about their pick is not at all contingent on what Kansas City does at No. 1. There are two players the Jaguars definitely like, and they are assured of getting one of them, Caldwell said.

The Jaguars don't have a sure thing at quarterback. But the team may be prepared to wait until later rounds to add to a position that is currently headed by Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne. Or Caldwell and the Jaguars could aim to build a better infrastructure for a quarterback who will be added in 2014 if Gabbert or Henne don't seize the job.

Jacksonville has needs across the board after a 2-14 season in 2012 that resulted in the firing of both general manager Gene Smith and coach Mike Mularkey.

An impact defensive end could be a priority for Caldwell and Gus Bradley, his defensive-minded coach. The team's pass rush has been an issue for years, with no player recording double-digit sacks since 2006.

Caldwell indicated a solid trade offer for the No. 2 pick would qualify as a bit of a surprise.

"Obviously, it has to be worth your while to drop back," he said. "If there is somebody who you feel can come in and contribute right away and be a cornerstone of this franchise for eight or 10 years, what is really the value if a team is just going to give you a fifth- or fourth-round pick to bypass a guy that you really feel good about, have conviction about? I don't see that happening.

"If it's something substantial and you can get a couple picks or a future pick, higher picks, then that's something you'd have to discuss."


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