It’s no secret what the Jaguars will likely be doing when they’re on the clock with the No. 7 pick of the NFL Draft. Unless they’ve already put together a deal or an elite player they covet falls to them, the Jaguars figure to be working the phones in a last-minute attempt to trade down and collect more picks. General manager Gene Smith said a few weeks ago that the Jaguars would be letting teams know before the draft that they would be open for business.
Branch Rickey, who built the Brooklyn Dodgers into the "Boys of Summer’’ and integrated Major League Baseball, was noted for saying, "luck is the residue of design.’’ Sometimes, though, luck is just luck. And NFL coaches and execs need it to put together a Super Bowl team.
Last year, Jaguars General Manager Gene Smith chose the quarterback he hopes will be the starter for years to come in Blaine Gabbert. This year, Smith needs to surround Gabbert with talent to make the Jaguars a winner — and Smith needs to hope Gabbert looks a lot better in his second season than he did in his first, or else new owner Shad Khan may decide someone else should call the shots on draft day next year.