The Jaguars expect to make the second pick in Thursday’s NFL Draft.
Everything else — who they select, their second-round strategy and possible quarterback plans — was left open for interpretation and speculation Monday when general Dave Caldwell and coach Gus Bradley held a pre-draft news conference at EverBank Field.
The first pick of the Caldwell-Bradley regime is vital to their building plan but so are the other six picks. This is a roster that needs talent, period.
“We think we’re going to come out of it with seven good football players,” Caldwell said.
Three days from the draft, the Jaguars have zeroed in on their pick to the point Caldwell will only wait five minutes (of the allotted 10 minutes) for any last-ditch trade offers and he is now focusing his evaluation time on possible late-round picks and undrafted free agents.
But the attention of the team’s fan base, besides Tuesday’s uniform unveiling, is on the second pick.
The top candidates appear to be defensive end Ziggy Ansah of BYU, linebacker Dion Jordan of Oregon and offensive tackles Luke Joeckel of Texas A&M and Eric Fisher of Central Michigan.
Joeckel is expected to go first to Kansas City. Of the remaining trio, Fisher would be the safest pick because Ansah played only 31 college games and Jordan is coming off a February labrum surgery.