Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Staying on Third Watch; Caldwell Won't Trade Up, Doesn't Seem to Want to Trade Down from No. 3 Pick

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Staying on Third Watch; Caldwell Won't Trade Up, Doesn't Seem to Want to Trade Down from No. 3 Pick

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Byline: Ryan O'Halloran

Among the estimated 200 players on the Jaguars' draft board are a handful that general manager Dave Caldwell & Co. have finalized as possibilities if they use the third overall pick on Thursday night.

"We have 3-5 that we've zoned in on," Caldwell said during Friday's pre-draft luncheon at EverBank Field. "We have a pretty good direction of where we would go if we stay."

The only direction we know the Jaguars aren't going? Up ... as trading into the top two. Everything else is a guess.

Toward a trade-down to acquire more picks? Maybe, although a read-between-the-lines conclusion makes that unlikely. Caldwell hasn't received a phone call asking about the availability of the No. 3 pick.

"The price would have to be substantial," he said. "We'd rather get one really good player instead of two good players."

Toward a playmaking receiver such as Alabama's Amari Cooper or West Virginia's Kevin White?

Possibly, because the Jaguars' offseason activity - new offensive coordinator, three new assistants, new tight end, new right tackle and new center - has been to give quarterback Blake Bortles every opportunity to succeed.

"This is one of the best receiving drafts I've seen in a long time," Caldwell said.

Or toward a defensive player - USC's Leonard Williams, Florida's Dante Fowler, etc. - who can play one more than one position?

Potentially, because Williams could be the draft's top player at two positions and Fowler could be a dynamic pass rusher. One and maybe both will be available when the Jaguars are on the clock.

Naturally, Caldwell wasn't showing his figurative hand except to say he wants to draft a "difference-maker."

The Jaguars need premium players, guys who can be game-changers. Is there one on offense right now besides tight end Julius Thomas? Are there any on defense?

Even though the Jaguars are likely accurate in their declaration about an improved roster, they can still go in multiple directions - the aforementioned plus running back, free safety and linebacker at any point of the draft - and not be subject to much second-guessing. …

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