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Can the Jacksonville Jaguars Find Their Next QB in the 2011 NFL Draft?

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Can the Jacksonville Jaguars Find Their Next QB in the 2011 NFL Draft?

The Jaguars chose not to address the quarterback position in the 2010 NFL draft, passing on noteworthy prospects such as Notre Dame's Jimmy Clausen and Cincinnati's Tony Pike in favor of the best players on general manager Gene Smith's draft board.

That's old hat for Jacksonville, of course. Since picking current Pittsburgh Steelers backup Byron Leftwich seventh overall in 2003, the Jaguars haven't acquired a quarterback in any round for seven years.

Buoyed by the emergence of 2002 third-rounder David Garrard, they haven't really needed one.

But Garrard, whose $60 million contract will keep him in Jacksonville through the 2014 season, turned 32 in February. With only 62 starts under his belt, it's a "young" 32; Peyton Manning, by comparison, started 160 games for the Indianapolis Colts before his 32nd birthday.

Still, the Jaguars would do well to add a developmental prospect behind career backup Luke McCown to their depth chart at quarterback.

Fortunately, passers abound in the 2011 rookie class the same way that defensive talent ruled this year's draft. Considering Jacksonville's focus on the great defenders available in 2010, it's no leap of faith to figure that one of these quarterbacks could be atop their draft board next April.

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