Mark Sanchez: Will the Jaguars Select Him with Eighth Overall Pick?

David NelsonCorrespondent IIIMarch 29, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 29:  Quarterback Mark Sanchez #6 of the USC Trojans talks with the media after the game against  the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on November 29, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. The Trojans defeated the Fighting Irish 38-3.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Currently sitting with the eighth overall pick in this year's NFL draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars are certainly a team that have a lot of guys currently on their radar.  So is Mark Sanchez the guy they wish for the most?

Going into this offseason, and I think many Jaguars fans would agree with me, it seemed like the Jaguars were most certainly going to draft an offensive tackle with their first round pick. 

The crop of offensive tackles in this years draft seems very talented.  However, the signing of Tra Thomas has definitely taken the pressure off the Jaguars to draft what many think is still their No. 1 priority, the offensive line. 

So where does Mark Sanchez fit in?  Well, it never really occurred to me that he was even a remote possibility to land in Jacksonville. 

After doing some research online, and looking at numerous mock drafts, it was obvious that many people out their believe that Sanchez could be this team's quarterback of the future, including's Vic Ketchman.

It was also hard to ignore the fact that at least two of the four mock drafts done on had the Jaguars selecting Sanchez. 

I know mock drafts are just opinions; however, what if the Jaguars really do feel like the Garrard era is already almost over, and it is time to get that franchise quarterback that may be ready in a year or two?

Sanchez proved he is a great college quarterback, and USC hasn't produced the worst quarterbacks out there.  So does he really fit in Jacksonville?

Maybe; however, I would say it definitely depends on who is available at the time of their pick.  Personally, I would select guys like Crabtree, Maclin, Raji, and Andre Smith (assuming both Jason Smith and Eugene Monroe are off the board) before I would Sanchez. 

Drafting Sanchez makes some sense, but I think that helping Garrard out should be of more importance right now.

Another strong possibility is the chance of a trade with a team like the Buccaneers or the Jets.  I feel that if either of those teams believed in Sanchez, then the eighth pick would be a perfect pick to move into.  Question is, what will they give the Jaguars in return? 

The draft is less than a month away, and I am counting down the days.