Jacksonville has the No. 10 pick in the first round in the NFL draft and if the Jaguars had their druthers, they would trade it away for a package that would include a later first-round pick and at least a second-round choice, if not more.
There are several reasons why the team is opting to give up its lucrative pick in order for multiple selections later on. The Jaguars have no second round pick in this year's draft, having traded that away for the right to move up in last year's third round in which they selected cornerback Derek Cox. Cox proved to be worthy of a second-round selection, moving into the starting lineup and remaining there for all 16 games in 2009.
But that leaves a serious void between the team's No. 10 pick in the first round and its next pick, No. 74 overall in the third round. The Jaguars have been too successful with their second round picks in recent years, having selected such standouts as Maurice Jones-Drew, Rashean Mathis, Greg Jones, Daryl Smith and last year's pick Eben Britton -- all of whom are firmly entrenched as starters.
Jacksonville general manager Gene Smith would welcome the additional picks.
"In any draft it would be great to pick up more picks, but we won't do that at the expense of being cute. We'll try to execute and hone in on players we've done a lot of work on, that we feel in certain spots of the draft we can garner more value," Smith said. "A lot of times we will move and do things. I'm going to do things, in terms of the purpose behind it, that's in the best interest of the organization.
"Again we have guys going into the draft that we target and we like a lot, and so that's who we're going to try to acquire."
Jacksonville head coach Jack Del Rio also likes the idea of gaining more picks but cautions there are risks involved in trading down.
"You can target [a player] down but then you're hopeful," he said. "It just depends if there's a big enough group that you're trading back into it. Say there's a group of five or six players and you like them all and you're eight picks away from that spot. You have to ask yourself if they're all going to run off before you pick.
"It can happen and then you're kicking yourself and you have regret that you did something like that.
"That's one of the reasons why you do a mock draft so you try to get a feel for what other teams are doing. That's part of all the strategy of the draft and what makes it so much fun."
The Jaguars have made it clear that they will base their pick on value, more so than needed. That especially holds true when deciding whether to hold onto their pick at No. 10 or try to swap it for multiple picks later on.
"Any time you're talking about moving, you'd like to think the range you're moving to allows you to get the player you still like," Del Rio said. "If in our case, we have someone who's clearly better and it's running thin, then you don't move, you stay and select, no matter what. It's case by case. Every situation unfolds uniquely, but the basic understanding is, if there is someone we really love that we've graded well, that is all the things we're looking for and that there's a feeling in the group that this is the guy we want and he's there, we're going to take him."
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