The Jacksonville Jaguars had offensive tackle Jake Matthews in for a visit last Thursday and could be targeting the former Texas A&M standout with the No. 3 overall pick in next month's draft, a league source told ESPN.com.
Joeckel would join Auburn tackle Greg Robinson as the only offensive lineman projected in the top half of the 2014 NFL Draft that have visited with the Jaguars. DiRocco also seems to indicate that the Jaguars could be targeting him with the No. 3 overall pick, and they could... but I'm not buying all that.
Last season I was adamant that the Jaguars shouldn't pick a right tackle with the No. 2 overall pick, but with hindsight it's clear that that is not what the team did. The team didn't appear to have an intention of keeping then starting left tackle Eugene Monroe and planned on Joeckel being their left tackle.
With the trade and injury to Joeckel, the Jaguars found that they had a more than adequate starting right tackle in Austin Pasztor and a swing-tackle in Cameron Bradfield. The team picked up Zane Beadles in free agency and took a swing at center Alex Mack, but it would seem unlikely the Jaguars would go back to the offensive tackle well at the No. 3 overall pick while they have so many other needs at other positions.
While Pasztor has played guard, and played well, in the past it still wouldn't make much sense or present much value for the Jaguars to pick an offensive tackle with the No. 3 overall pick.
They're certainly not trading away Luke Joeckel mid-season.
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