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Alas, I shall move on … except to say this: if you thought entering the draft that the Jaguars were interested in drafting a quarterback to challenge Bortles, I honestly wonder how closely you follow the Jaguars.
Billy from Jacksonville: I know Jaguars General Manager David Caldwell talked to our new third-round draft pick (Ronnie Harrison) about playing both safety positions and I know D.J.
Any chance Harrison gets a chance to compete for the starting nickel spot this year?
John: There are a lot of players in every draft, and teams grade all players different.
And different teams are looking for different positions.
Not all teams did.
John: The Jaguars feel differently about their current tight ends, particularly Austin Seferian-Jenkins, than you and many others.
For the Jaguars during this draft, that was tight end.
Gamble from Jacksonville: John: Caldwell, Head Coach Doug Marrone and Coughlin all signed contract extensions through the 2021 seasons earlier this offseason.
I can’t even believe that people are questioning our picks in this draft.

JACKSONVILLE – Let’s get to it …

Jason from Jacksonville and Section 140:

It’s obvious the Jags have no interest in challenging Blake Bortles. They won’t even bring someone in that could even have a chance to start. What a wasted pick.

John: You’re apparently referencing the Jaguars selecting quarterback Tanner Lee from Nebraska in the sixth round of the 2018 NFL Draft. You seem angry and perhaps even a bit surprised. This saddens me, particularly the anger part. I never want to see anyone angry. It’s why I’m so agreeable and giving to everyone I meet. Alas, I shall move on … except to say this: if you thought entering the draft that the Jaguars were interested in drafting a quarterback to challenge Bortles, I honestly wonder how closely you follow the Jaguars. Certainly not closely enough to read this column, or to listen to anything said on this website. Or to listen to most of the media who cover this team. Or … well, I guess your first sentence is correct: It is obvious the Jags have no interest in challenging Bortles. He’s their starting quarterback. Certainly for 2018, and most likely for a while after that.

Billy from Jacksonville:

I know Jaguars General Manager David Caldwell talked to our new third-round draft pick (Ronnie Harrison) about playing both safety positions and I know D.J. Hayden was signed to big bucks to play nickel corner. However, as I understand it, Hayden is unproven as a nickel corner, which is a key position for the Jaguars’ success this season. I’m skeptical Hayden will fill the bill. However, Harrison seems to possess the skills that make for a successful nickel position player. Any chance Harrison gets a chance to compete for the starting nickel spot this year?

John: Harrison indeed can play both safety positions, but he seems to lean more toward the strong-safety position. And while I continue to get questions about Hayden, he was brought in to play nickel corner –and the Jaguars believed he played well there with Detroit last season. Unless something very unforeseen happens, he will be the Jaguars’ nickel corner.

Tony from Perryville, AR:

John, I love all our picks, but I think I’m most excited to see DJ Chark. Question though: how in the world did he fall that far in the draft? What am I missing?

John: There are a lot of players in every draft, and teams grade all players different. And different teams are looking for different positions. Sometimes, this causes players to slip further than would otherwise be the case. The Jaguars had a first-round grade on Chark. Not all teams did. If they’re right, they got a bargain.

Matthew from Jacksonville:

Did Dr. “Candy Man” visit the Jaguars’ stadium and pass out drugs to Caldwell and Executive Vice President of Football Operations Tom Coughlin? That was an awful draft for the Jags. They didn’t draft a running back to replace Chris Ivory or a tight end. The tackle they took in the fourth round will not make the team, and the sixth-round pick was awful. If the Jags wanted to draft a quarterback, they could have packaged their sixth- and one of their seventh-round picks to move up for Luke Falk. Falk has a decent chance to be good backup, if not a starter someday. Tanner Lee has zero chance of making the team. ZERO! He’s terrible. If the Jags didn’t want to select a player in the sixth round they should have asked Roger Goodell to skip their pick.

John: Thank you for your analysis on Falk – and on the…

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