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With their loss to the Colts and the Redskins' loss to the New York Giants, the Jaguars clinched the third overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Division rival Houston will select first overall, and the St. Louis Rams will have the second pick obtained from the Redskins in the RG3 trade a couple years ago.
Some see this draft as a two-player draft with those two players being Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, but there is plenty of other talent available.
General manager Dave Caldwell still might have a shot at Teddy Bridgewater or Jadeveon Clowney if Houston or St. Louis decides to go in a different direction, but even if they're both off the board, there will still be plenty of talent available to Jacksonville.
Caldwell could go a similar route as last year's draft and take Texas A&M offensive tackle Jake Matthews, 2013 first-round pick Luke Joeckel's bookend at A&M last year. This seems unlikely, as right tackle Austin Pasztor played extremely well in 2013.
Pass-rusher extraordinaire Khalil Mack from Buffalo would be a fantastic fit in the LEO position of the Jacksonville defense and would give the Jaguars their best pass-rush prospect since Tony Brackens was in Duval.
If Caldwell wants to stick with a quarterback, Fresno State's Derek Carr is thought of by some as just as good as Bridgewater and could even potentially be rated higher than the Louisville signal-caller by some teams.
No team can have too many playmakers; Caldwell could just hoard explosive pass-catchers and take potential superstar receiver Sammy Watkins from the Clemson Tigers.
There are others who will demand Jacksonville's attention at No. 3 as well such as UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr, Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley, Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles and many more.
It's up to Caldwell to weed through the possibilities and pick the player that fits best for the Jaguars. It would be great to end up with a top-two pick, but third sure isn't a bad place to be.