Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Should Look at Trading No. 9 Draft Pick

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Should Look at Trading No. 9 Draft Pick

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Byline: Gene Frenette, Times-Union sports writer

Normally, it would be ill-advised for the Jaguars to trade down from their No. 9 spot in the NFL Draft's first round, because scouts feel the talent tends to drop significantly once teams get out of the Top 10. But this year, it's an option Tom Coughlin ought to consider if the right circumstances fall into place.

Let's say offensive tackles Bryant McKinnie and Michael Williams are off the board, as well as whoever the Jaguars deem the best prospect at defensive tackle (Ryan Sims?). Then it might make sense to trade down if the other three highly regarded defensive tackles are still there and the Jaguars feel their upside is about equal. If Coughlin drops to No. 11 or 12, he could get an extra draft pick or two for his depth-starved club.

In Jaguars' history, the only significant trade-down occurred in 1995, when they sent the No. 33 overall pick to the New York Jets for No. 40. The Jaguars used that pick to select offensive lineman Brian DeMarco. That came shortly after the Jaguars traded up in the first round to get James Stewart.

The Jaguars could have a lot of incentive to trade down. One, it would lower the signing bonus this finance-challenged team has to pay their No. 1 selection. It also would fetch them an additional pick in a fairly high round. What other teams do will dictate their strategy, but it's a potential double benefit that the Jaguars can't ignore. . . .

The surprising thing about 'Canegate isn't that a thief stole copies of the University of Miami playbook from a coach's office and posted it on the Internet. It's that it wasn't up on eBay with a price tag. . . . Is there a better case study in schizophrenia than Jacksonville University's baseball team? The Dolphins have beaten Top 10 teams Florida State and Florida by a combined margin of 20-6, yet lost twice to James Madison by a combined score of 16-2. …

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