Jags targeting Nassib or Barkley in round two
The Chiefs hold the first pick in the first round. Since the Jaguars had the same 2-14 record but lost the first overall pick due to tiebreakers, Jacksonville gets the first pick in round two.
And while the Jags surely will entertain trade offers from the time round one ends until the time round two begins, the thinking in league circles is that the Jaguars will be prepared to take one of two quarterbacks, if they use that pick.
The expected choices are Matt Barkley or Ryan Nassib.
Nassib makes sense; the Bills definitely fear that the Jags will take him in that spot. Which means that the Bills could end up taking Nassib at No. 8 or trading back into round one to get him.
Barkley likely will be available with the first pick in round two, unless someone trades up to get in front of the Jaguars to get the former USC quarterback.
Finding a quarterback who fits Jedd Fisch’s offense surely is a priority for the Jaguars. While Blaine Gabbert was a first-round pick two years ago, the team has since gotten a new owner, a new General Manager and not one but two new head coaches. Surely, coach Gus Bradley wants his own guy under center.
So don’t be surprised if the Jags go left tackle with the second overall pick, and then take a quarterback out of the gates tomorrow. We actually wouldn’t be shocked if the Jaguars opt to swing back into the bottom of round one tonight in order to avoid having the Ravens trade down from No. 32 with a team that takes the quarterback the Jags would target on Friday night.
It could be that the Ravens squeeze the Jaguars into a one-pick flip-flop to prevent someone else from getting the 32nd spot.