“People know Miami’s going to take [Tannehill],” said Jaguars director of player personnel Terry McDonough on Pete Prisco’s radio show Tuesday.
That’s right. People do know that, or do they? The Jacksonville Jaguars have a lot at stake in promoting the already widespread belief that the Dolphins are set to take Ryan Tannehill. The Jaguars pick at 7th overall, just in front of Miami, and there’s a significant chance that Justin Blackmon, a guy I think the Jaguars are hoping to pick, won’t slide down far enough for the Jaguars to pull the trigger. If that’s the case, the Jaguars will likely hope to trade down.
As it stands, all four of NFL.com’s mock drafters have the Dolphins taking Tannehill. Should the Jaguars need to trade down, as I suspect they will, they’ll likely try to market Tannehill and the 7th pick to the Chiefs, Seahawks, and Cardinals at picks 11, 12, and 13 respectively. Such a move would get the Jaguars out of the 7th pick while giving them an extra pick down the line.
Frankly, I do expect the Dolphins to take Tannehill if the Jaguars aren’t successful in trading picks with a quarterback needy team. All three of the teams most likely to jump ahead of the Jaguars already have guys on their teams that they have hope in. The Chiefs are still hoping Matt Cassel is a franchise quarterback, the Cardinals are holding on to hope that Kevin Kolb is their man, and the Seahawks have declared that it will be an open competition between Tarvaris Jackson, Matt Flynn, and whoever else wants to give it a shot in the Seattle area.
If Justin Blackmon is available at 7th overall, I fully expect and hope the Jaguars take him. I just don’t see that being the case. The Jaguars will probably try to trade down, but their problem will be in finding a partner to trade with. There’ll be no easy sells for Gene Smith on draft day, so hold on. It could be a bumpy ride.