Jacksonville Jaguars Building Foundation for the 2014 Quarterback Class
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It's no surprise that David Caldwell was not impressed with the quarterback prospects in the 2013 NFL draft.
With the opportunity to draft Geno Smith in the second round, and then Matt Barkley, Ryan Nassib or Mike Glennon in the third, Caldwell elected to stay patient and build around his current group of quarterbacks.
That Jaguars depth chart currently includes Blaine Gabbert, Chad Henne, Matt Scott and Jordan Rodgers. Scott and Rodgers were recently signed as undrafted free agents.
As we roll into May, there isn't much else that can be done to bring in competition besides trading away future draft picks, which is highly unlikely.
With a brand new coaching staff and new weapons around him, the starting quarterback of the Jacksonville Jaguars will have one shot to show that he can lead this team not only for this season, but for the next five to 10 years.
The public opinion is that there is no franchise quarterback on the roster.
Blaine Gabbert has had plenty of opportunities, as has Chad Henne. Matt Scott and Jordan Rodgers are both intriguing, but the odds are stacked against them.
Could Scott make tremendous strides and start for the Jaguars at some point this year? Absolutely, but that would entail that Gabbert and Henne both struggle mightily again.
With optimism aside, the Jaguars will more than likely need to look for another signal-caller at some point in next year's draft.
The recent draft selections helped to bolster the offensive line, defensive secondary and offensive playmakers. These selections were key in trying to build around a young quarterback.
Although the quarterbacks in the 2013 NFL draft were not highly desired, the prospects in the 2014 NFL draft are gaining momentum fast.
With plenty of examples to show that you cannot get ahead of yourself (Matt Barkley) this far ahead of time, there is reason to be excited with the list of possible prospects.
Louisville quarterback, Teddy Bridgewater, is the most exciting prospect to possibly enter the draft.
Bridgewater is a similar player to Geno Smith, but much better. Displaying a better arm and ability to throw on the run, he could make an impact immediately as a starting quarterback in the NFL.
The Jaguars would love to get their hands on a player with the high ceiling and tools that Bridgewater possesses.
Which QB would you want the Jaguars to draft next year?
Johnny Manziel is a very interesting prospect simply because of how polarizing he has become over the past year.
Manziel doesn't have the size you look for in a quarterback, but he sure can play. Whether it is with his feet or his arm, Manziel was incredible as a freshman in college.
The 2013 college football season will put plenty of pressure on Manziel to continue his growth, as well as to show maturity in handling everything that comes with the spotlight. If he plays his cards right, he could become a very rich quarterback for a team early on in the 2014 NFL draft.
Manziel would make anybody still talking about Tim Tebow quickly quiet down in Jacksonville. He would be a very fun player to watch.
Tajh Boyd is another player who resembles a 2013 NFL draft prospect, E.J. Manuel.
Boyd has the chance to really boost his stock with a solid season. He has plenty of tools and ability, but needs to showcase better consistency with his throws and decision-making. He is an exciting player to watch in college, but will need more discipline in the NFL.
Lastly, A.J. McCarron has the credentials, but he has also had plenty of talent around him.
Is McCarron capable of playing on a less-talented team with more pressure on him? He has a great arm and is pretty agile for a pocket passer. The combine will do a lot to show how he can perform under the microscope, and has a chance to either become an elite prospect or drop very quickly down draft boards.
The Jaguars are building a team that should be long-lasting and filled with plenty of talent and competition. It is easy to lose patience, but the Jaguars new regime is doing things the right way compared to the popular way.
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