on whether the Jaguars should draft Geno #2 and start the immediate build around him, or if they should build everything else up first, give Blaine Gabbert one last shot, and more than likely draft a QB next year. People say it's been done before, but as Alfie has pointed out most of the teams were either A)Already building around the QB's they had and lucked out (San Fransisco, Seattle, Indianapolis); or B) Had a little success, but drafted their QB and started making moves around him (Washington, Miami, Cincinnati). That being said, I know there's no example of a team who's done it, but why not be the first?
Now there's pros and cons for both sides. If we get Geno obviously he's got a great deep ball, and he could be a star for years to come. Definitely the #1 QB in this year's draft. But, he would be thrown into the fire of a weak offensive line and you don't exactly know what you're going to get with the defense that needs the most rebuilding on the team.
This year we could go defense with a guy like Dion Jordan (or trade back and grab Mingo or Rhodes) to play the Leo or CB spot, or an Offensive Lineman like Joeckel Fisher (or trade back and get maybe a guard like Chance Warmack). Reassure every position of question with great prospects. Banks, Armstead, Elam, Cyprien, Slay. Defense has huge depth this year and the Jags could go any position in the first 2 rounds and they would probably end up starters. The downside to this side, is that if they go defense and Gabbert once again proves he wasn't worth the top 10 pick, they could miss on a franchise QB like Smith with no promise of a top 2 pick, or a great QB again next year.
Now I myself am a fan of the build first, then find a QB because I'm not exactly a Geno fan and next years class is extremely deep at QB (AJ McCarron, Aaron Murray, Logan Thomas, Tajh Boyd, and the lesser knowns like Derek Carr and David Fales. And those are only the Seniors). I also like the thought of being the first team to do this kind of building because I think it could work out with if the right QB comes along and the defense under the leadership of Gus Bradley.
But regardless of what we do, who we pick, and how we go from there, I'm still a fan and I'm still a Jaguar, and I will be for the rest of my life.