Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union has reported with Chad Henne re-signed, the Jacksonville Jaguars may not take a quarterback until at least the second round, maybe later.
With the allowance that anything can happen between now and the end of Day 3 of the NFL draft, I’m calling “shenanigans” on this one.
It’s not impossible to think they go another way, but a few things stand out to me.
First, if you’re hoping Henne can win you football games on a regular basis in the AFC South, well, good luck. The Indianapolis Colts will prove you wrong nine times out of ten, and you cannot expect the Houston Texans to repeat the awful 2013 they had. For that matter, the Tennessee Titans were better than the Jaguars last season.
Sure, next year’s crop of quarterbacks are allegedly better than this year's, but you don’t play to plan for next year, because there’s too much time between now and then. What if a prospect gets hurt, what if you don’t finish low enough to get one of the top guys, what if any number of things go wrong?
You don’t play for next year’s draft.
This is also contrary to a few things I’ve personally heard from people close to the team. As with everything, I take it with a grain of salt, but I’ve definitely heard they have their eyes on a quarterback.
As I said, there’s plenty of time to see something new happen, and of course, anything can and will as the draft approaches, but this sounds to me like smoke.