With six weeks still remaining before the 2013 NFL Draft, it may seem a little early to look ahead to next year's draft. However, the Jaguars expectedly quiet start to free agency has my mind wondering into 2014. The Jaguars are expected to let most if not all of their free agents walk and make only a small number of low key signings. This would open the possibility for compensatory picks in the 2014 draft. If former starters Derek Cox and Terrance Knighton get paid big contracts in free agency, the Jags could optimistically net something like a 4th and 5th round pick in 2014. This is also contingent on playing time and stats which gives Jags fans continued incentive to root for old favorites. These compensatory picks would make three total additional picks in the 2014 Draft. The Jaguars have an additional 2014 5th round pick for the in season trade that shipped Mike Thomas to Detroit.
In a draft with potentially elite quarterback prospects like Johhny Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater, AJ McCarron, and Aaron Murray this is plenty of ammunition to execute a trade and get your guy. If we get really crazy for a second and pretend the Jags are able to flip this year's 33rd pick into a first rounder next year, the Jags would have two picks in the first round, two in the fourth, and three in the fifth. Even after a trade up, you'd probably have extra picks left over in key value rounds. Not too bad for a team in heavy rebuild mode. So, while its been fun these four years rooting for Derek Cox and Terrance "Potroast" Knighton, I find myself urging them to leave and get paid handsomely for it. The future awaits.