I did a post like this last year right before the draft got started and it was pretty well received. I'll say right out of the gate, these are just things I've heard from some of my contacts and it's nothing I've been able to confirm. They are all rumors, but I think right before the draft it's fun to kind of put them out there and then watch the draft to see how much bullcrap I was being fed and how much truth.
Last year I noted the Jacksonville Jaguars really liked Jake Locker and if he fell to a point they would trade up for him. Locker surprisingly wound up with the Titans and then the Jaguars traded up for Blaine Gabbert.
Anyway, here are some things I'm hearing about the Jaguars and the draft.
Ultimately the Jaguars would really like to trade down in the draft. This is kind of a "no duh" type thing, as essentially teams from 3-16 want to trade down this year. The Jaguars have talked to a few teams, so I've been told, including the Cincinnati Bengals and the Philadelphia Eagles. I don't know who the Bengals target would potentially be outside of Trent Richardson, but I was told the Eagles really like Fletcher Cox and want to get in front of the Carolina Panthers if he is there.
If the Jaguars cannot trade out of the No. 7 spot and Justin Blackmon is on the board, he will likely be the pick. As I've explained before, I get why they would do it and wouldn't really have a problem if they did it, but I'm still not sure he's ever going to be a No. 1, but the chance he's a complete and utter bust is very low.
Stephon Gilmore has been a "hot" name as of late and he will be in the mix for the Jaguars pick at No. 7 if certain players are off the board. He will also be a trade back target if the team can move out of the No. 7 pick into the early teens. The Jaguars spent a lot of time at South Carolina practices and scouting games, many thinking it was Alshon Jeffery or Melvin Ingram that they were looking at, but I've been told it was Gilmore and they think he's a Rashaen Mathis 2.0 type player.
I don't think the Jaguars actually have much interest in SCAR defensive end Melvin Ingram. I've been told at his Pro Day, the Jaguars were very overt about their interest in him and teams quickly sniffed it out as a smokescreen.