One would think the Jags would target other spots on the team than QB for the upcoming draft, yet more and more it appears the team is bent on at the least thinking long and hard about taking a QB with their 10th overall pick. Today’s Florida Times-Union reports that the front runner for that 10th spot for the Jags is Notre Dame QB Jimmy Clausen:
The Jaguars, who own the No. 10 overall pick, could benefit in one of two ways from the Donovan McNabb trade, depending on how much they’re really interested in Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen. With the Redskins having McNabb in the fold, that’s one quarterback-starved team picking ahead of the Jaguars who won’t take Clausen off the board and even if the Jags are intent on taking a defensive player with their first pick, Clausen’s potential availability gives them leverage for other suitors to come up to get into the 10th slot.
It’s no secret that Jaguars general manager Gene Smith would love to trade down if the proper value is there and since the Jaguars have no second-round pick (lost to the New England Patriots last year so they could draft Derek Cox in the third round), they’d love to get an extra pick or two in what is regarded as a deeper draft than usual, especially on defense.