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Team Needs: Edge Rusher, Quarterback, Wide Receiver
In some respects, having the third pick in this year's draft is both a blessing and a curse for the Jaguars.
It's a curse because so much of what the Jaguars do at No. 3 will depend on what the teams ahead of them do. Unless, of course, the Jaguars trade up, something that John Oehser of the team's website reports Caldwell hasn't ruled out.
Still, regardless of what the team chooses to do, the goal remains the same: add an impact player.
A move up would all but certainly portend a play for South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney. Yes, Clowney's work ethic is a question, but his once-in-a-decade athleticism would appear to fit perfectly in the "Leo" pass-rushing role in Gus Bradley's 4-3 front.
With that said, there are those, including NFL.com's Brian Baldinger, who think the Jaguars could also stand pat and upgrade their anemic pass rush with Buffalo outside linebacker Khalil Mack.
There's also the small matter of the quarterback position. It's that direction Baldinger's colleague, Bucky Brooks, expects the Jaguars to travel—by gambling on college's football's most scrutinized player of the past two years: "Gus Bradley would welcome the energy and spectacular playmaking ability that (Johnny) Manziel would bring to Jacksonville," Brooks opined.
There may be a dark-horse candidate of sorts as well.
According to Ryan O'Halloran of The Florida Times-Union, Caldwell said he'll be "relatively surprised" if suspended wide receiver Justin Blackmon sees the field at all this year. It may appear something of a long shot, but with Clemson wideout Sammy Watkins considered arguably the safest bet in this year's top five, the 6'1", 211-pound All-American can't be ruled out.