Jake Matthews runs the 40 yard dash. Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Jacksonville Jaguars Rumors: Playing it safe at No. 3?

The Jacksonville Jaguars could go in a number of directions with the third overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, as drafting a quarterback, snagging an elite prospect on defense, plucking another offensive tackle with a top draft pick, snagging Sammy Watkins with Justin Blackmon an uncertainty, and trading down are all legitimate options for brilliant GM David Caldwell.

The MMQB’s Peter King reports that a “peer” of Caldwell’s stated that the Jaguars will prioritize making a safe pick with the third overall selection, and King names Sammy Watkins and Jake Matthews as two options for the Jaguars. It’s unclear if King is purely speculating, but I live by the belief that tune-in insiders like King and Ian Rapoport don’t tweet names or name things in draft-related pieces like this without going off of some inside knowledge.

If the Jaguars draft Matthews, then they would have a Texas A&M bookend set to protect whichever QB they put behind center, and it will be interesting to see if that passer ends up being Chad Henne. I expect the Jaguars to snag a QB in the second round after taking a top, safe skill position prospect like Watkins or Matthews with the third overall pick. At this point, though, my favorite option for the Jaguars is Khalil Mack, but I have serious doubts that he’ll be available for them at No. 3.

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  • Bobby Postma

    I agree 100 % with you Joe. Grab khalil Mack first and foremost. I wouldn’t mind grabbing Sammy Watkins and then trading back up for teddy bridgewater. Get them both and let them grow together

    • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

      Interesting idea on trading back up for Bridgewater, and that would be a really awesome catch worth giving up some extra picks for. Mack has been my favorite option for the Jaguars for quite some time, because he has the tools to excel at OLB or DE for them.

      • Bobby Postma

        Anyone who watched his highlights and studied hin shows how dominating He can be. Great pass rusher, great in coverage. So smart too. I would like to see him on one side of Paul pusluzny and then either Geno Hayes or Dekota Watson on the other. But if you look at the Watkins/bridgewater combo. ……. That can go along way. Be another Manning/Harrison or Dalton/green combo. Either way I’m excited