The Jaguars are open to the idea of trading the third overall pick in the 2014 draft, GM David Caldwell said at Senior Bowl practices this week, according to Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com. That doesn’t necessarily mean that the Jags would be exploring ways to move down, since Caldwell also left the door open for the possibility of moving up to No. 1 or No. 2.
“I don’t think where we’re standing right now that we’re dead set on going in any one direction, whether it’s trading up, trading back, staying where we are and picking,” Caldwell said while attending Senior Bowl practices. “There’s going to be a lot of options there with the third pick.”
The Jaguars need a quarterback and could strongly consider Teddy Bridgewater, Blake Bortles, or Johnny Manziel at No. 3, depending on which QBs are still on the board. However, QB isn’t Jacksonville’s only need, so the team could also go the best player available route with that third overall pick, and opt for someone like defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, as ESPN.com’s Mel Kiper predicted in his first mock draft.
It’s still too early to know which prospects’ stocks will rise or fall, and which other teams might be looking to move up or down in the draft, but it sounds as if Caldwell and the Jags will weigh all their options between now and May 8th.