It almost seems that for the past 10 years or so, the Jaguars have been searching for their next Mark Brunell. Brunell is unanimously the best quarterback in team history, leading the franchise to the playoffs in four (’96-’99) of the team’s first five years of existence.
This makes the Jaguars the first team ever in NFL history to accomplish this feat.
Brunell also took the team to two AFC Championship games (’96,’99) unfortunately being ousted both times by the Patriots and then the Titans. While Brunell did make the Pro Bowl in 2000, the turn of the century seemed to bring darker days for the team. Brunell lasted only three games into the ’03 season before being replaced at halftime by rookie quarterback Byron Leftwich. This was the start to a promising new era for all Jaguar fans until years in and only two playoff appearances in 11 seasons–leaving the franchise back at square one.
A franchise that is seemingly starting over has a lot of questions to answer, starting with the draft. The major question being asked is will the Jaguars go for a quarterback or will they go an alternate route?
The QB route would go like something as follows:
1. If the Texans take South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, leaving the top three at quarterback on the board, the Jaguars should take whomever they value highest.
2. If the Texans take any one of the top three quarterbacks, the Jaguars should take which ever one out of the remaining two that are left, whom they value most.
That appears to be possibly the easiest scenario we could see on draft night. While this is true, there are plenty more angles from which the Jags could attack this draft. Lets take a look at a few reasons and scenarios as to why the Jacksonville Jaguars don’t need to go QB in the first round.