What?! How can we have had a good first day? We didn't do anything? Well, let me explain.First, Jarvis Jones is apparently checking out medically and we sure need ourselves a pass rusher. Now to my main point. It has been said repeatedly that this year it would be much harder than others to trade back. Well, for the Jaguars at least, this may no longer be the case. Jarvis Jones clearing medically is great for us if we choose to pick him. It also works out very well to help us trade back. Jones is most likely the highest rated pass rusher on MANY NFL teams' big board. Him being cleared medically should heavily increase trade interest. In a year where there are supposedly no "Elite" prospects, there actually appear to be 3. Joeckel, Fisher and Jones. Unlike Mingo, Jordan and Ansah, Jarvis Jones grade isn't based solely on upside. Jones has produced fantastic numbers in the countries best conference for 2 years. He also has more moves and better use of his hands than Bjoern Werner. After watching plenty of his tape, I fully expect some teams to come knocking for our 2nd overall pick.
As if that weren't good enough news, Buffalo released Ryan Fitzpatrick and Cleveland signed Paul Krueger during the first day of free agency. Why is this good news? Well, now Buffalo sure does need a QB and so does Cleveland. Releasing Fitzpatrick leads me to believe the Bills have spotted their guy in the draft. I also don't think you oust an incumbent unless you believe "that guy" can come in and play right away. That leaves us with Geno Smith and Matt Barkley. I'm purely speculating but I believe wholeheartedly it is Geno Smith. He has experience is the cold for one. He also has much better arm strength than Barkley. This will help Geno in the cold and I don't expect the Bills want to go from one weak armed QB(Fitzpatrick), to one with only average at best arm strength, in Barkley. Now on to Cleveland. Many experts project them taking a pass rusher in the first round. Well, now that they have Sheard and Krueger, they very well could be looking at something else in the first round. They do need a WR, CB and QB. According to several reports I've read, the Browns are looking to upgrade over Weeden and McCoy. While they very well could go with a CB or WR in round 1, QB makes a lot of sense, too. QB holds much higher positional value than a WR or supplemental CB. The Browns do,after all, have one of the best CB's in Joe Hayden. Lets say that the Browns decide they want a CB in round 1. If they are targeting Milliner, how likely do you think it is he gets past Philly at #4? They just ousted DRC and Nnamdi. I know, I know, this is all speculation but c'mon! You can't tell me this isn't at least making the possibility of a trade back look more likely. Jax has a lot of holes to fill, so if I want to dream about us having new found ways to trade back, just let me!