Two months ago, in the lobby of a downtown Indianapolis hotel, Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell said he would know the team’s first pick two weeks before the NFL Draft.
Fast forward to Friday, 13 days ahead of the Jaguars selecting No. 2 overall.
“We’re pretty close — it’s down to two people,” Caldwell said in a phone interview.
Only three people — Caldwell, owner Shad Khan and coach Gus Bradley — will know who the pick is before the card goes up to the Radio City Music Hall podium around 8:20 p.m.
That means the rest of us can only project and guess what the Jaguars will do.
Defensive ends Ziggy Ansah of Brigham Young and Dion Jordan of Oregon and West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith are the most common names in mock drafts. There is also a sprinkling of Florida defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd among those who base their opinions on The Best Player Available Theory.
The task for Caldwell: Choosing the right player at the right position who can help the Jaguars rebound from a franchise-worst 2-14 season.
It’s pretty heady stuff for a first-time front office chief.
Asked if he will be excited, nervous or both on Draft Night, Caldwell said: “I think we’ll be prepared.”