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Are the Jaguars expected to trade down?

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As mentioned before, the Jacksonville Jaguars sit in kind of a no man’s land with the No. 7 overall pick. There has been mentioned of a few teams looking to move up for specific players, such as the recent report the Atlanta Falcons are open to moving up for Houston defensive lineman Ed Oliver. However a recent comment for editor John Oehser made that has me intrigued and made it sound like it’s almost expected for the Jaguars to slide down.

“For the first time since I’ve been around Dave (Caldwell) at the pre-draft luncheon he talked about a team already having a lot of interest in the (Jaguars) pick. Wouldn’t say say who obviously and got very vague on it, but it was the most he talked about the idea of a trade back during that pre-draft luncheon,” editor John Oehser said during a segment on Zone Blitz.

Caldwell has always kind of done the minimal “Yeah we could trade down” dance at these luncheons, but it’s clear the way he was speaking stood out to Oehser as being different than past seasons.

“For the first time since he’s been here I would favor a trade, meaning I think there’s a very good chance of a trade happening. In years past I didn’t think so,” Oesher added. “I would almost be surprised at this point if they aren’t able to trade out, I think that’s what they want to do. I think they’ll be picking around 10 or 13 and getting the same quality of player as they would at No. 7.”

As I mentioned previously I could see someone trading up for Oliver or maybe even Dwayne Haskins if the New York Giants pass on him at No. 6 overall, but after that I kind of struggle to see what would put a team in a position to think they’d need to leap frog the Detroit Lions or Buffalo Bills.

I hope it happens, because as Oehser mentioned, the talent gap from what you get at No. 7 and the No. 13-ish range isn’t much, if at all.