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NFL Draft rumors: Are the Jaguars trying to trade down?

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars currently hold the No. 5 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, and as it stands right now it appears as if they're guaranteed to land one of the Top 3 defensive players in the class. Most expect quarterbacks to go one-two in the draft, and then after that there is a wide range of this that can happen. Talk of what the Jaguars could do with the No. 5 pick has rotated between seemingly three players in Joey Bosa, Myles Jack and Jalen Ramsey, but recently talk of trading down has picked up some steam.

There is a scenario where Ole Miss offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil could be available at the fifth pick, which could spark some trade downs. Peter King of MMQB recently gave a scenario where the Jaguars swap positions with the Tennessee Titans, a division rival, and slide down to No. 15 and picked Georgia linebacker Leonard Floyd. Most recently on their podcast, ESPN's Mel Kiper and Todd McShay also mentioned they've heard the Jaguars would like to trade down from the No. 5 spot.

I don't doubt that this is an option for the Jaguars in the draft, but I'm not sure I feel like it's at the point to where they're actively trying to get out of the five hole. Every year people say they feel like general manager Dave Caldwell wants to move down and get more picks, I think because fans like having more picks because they have a rationalization that it will mitigate picking poorly, by simply just picking more... But, everything we've seen Caldwell do so far leans towards him being more likely to trade up than down. I don't think they'll trade up from the No. 5 pick, but if they did slide down there's probably a good possibility the move up somewhere else in the draft.

Now, as far as a deal with the Titans, while possible, I don't really see them trading with a division rival. Now, a move with someone like perhaps the Cleveland Browns or New York Giants, I could see happening and would make a lot of sense for the Jaguars as far as who they're likely targeting. A move with either of those teams could still net you Myles Jack, depending on how other teams inside the Top 10 feel about his knee, or as king mentioned someone like Leonard Floyd. Floyd has been a name linked with the Jaguars recently, who would make a lot of sense in a trade down scenario, and is also someone that Jaguars defensive coordinator Todd Wash recently (Monday evening) just went to work out privately.

I still tend to think the Jaguars will hold firm and pick at the five sport however, and I think the likely pick is going to be UCLA linebacker Myles Jack. It will be interesting to watch the clock, though, if Tunsil does make it to the No. 5 pick.