I, like a lot of the rest of you, read not only the O-Zone but also the new Packers-version of Ask Vic. In yesterday's Vic column, someone brought up something that has been on my mind for awhile. Dante from Bay View, WI wanted to know about what happens to players that are deemed undraftable on teams' boards, due to either character or injury concerns.
As mock drafts (namely the reader mock draft on jaguars.com) continue to be posted everyday, I have realized that people really don't have any clue as to whom GM Gene will not draft. And while I think we can all appreciate the charts of Jaguars draft interests that Alfie and everyone has put together, I can't help but think that it would help to make a blackball list; a list of guys that we all know have no chance at wearing teal next year. If the draft interests charts are to serve our appetites for narrowing down the 300 prospects for trying to figure out who may come to Duval, then I feel making a list of "Red Dot Players" would also serve this appetite from an elimination spectrum. Obviously we, in the general public, have no access to teams' medical reports, thus trying to forecast the injury evaluations would be somewhat foolish. However, I absolutely think there is merit in putting red dots next to guys' names that have public records of character transgressions. For instance, I have seen multiple fans and even draft analysts (i.e. Pat Kirwan) mock Jonathan Baldwin from Pitt as either our 1st rounder or 2nd rounder. My problem with that is simply that Jonathan Baldwin is essentially a diva. The guy openly ripped his quarterback and then his whole team during this past season. Does that honestly sound like a "Gene pick"? Jimmy Smith the CB from Colorado has been another popular name to us, yet, does anyone seriously think that Gene would draft a 1st rounder who fails drug tests? Our GM has a distinctive pattern of drafting team captains...not criminals or cretins.
Honestly, we are all just trying to get a better reading on the Jaguar's draft pulse. I don't want anyone to miscontrue my idea as trying to pretend to know what Gene is thinking; I just know the only tangible factor that we can certainly rely on is the high priority that Gene places on character. He has openly stated multiple times that he will not draft bad guys or take a prospect with signifcant character issues.
Let me know that the rest of you guys think. I think it would be simple enough to make and would provide another way to narrow that 300 number.