Going Deeper on Jacksonville's First-Round
There was a bit of controversy in the Jacksonville Jaguars war room on draft day.
League sources indicated to scout.com this week that head coach Jack Del Rio favored selecting University of Notre Dame QB Brady Quinn with either the 17th or 21st pick (Jacksonville traded down) but lost out to general manager James Harris as the team chose University of Florida S Reggie Nelson. Many people found choice of Quinn over Nelson surprising as the Jaguar front office preaches the draft strategy of "best player available". One source told us the grade difference between the two players was wide enough to "drive a boat through" with Quinn ranked significantly higher than Nelson by the team.
Adding to the frustration for many in the organization was the fact that Jacksonville was offered the same trade in round one by the Cleveland Browns which the Dallas Cowboys accepted. With starting QB Byron Leftwich likely playing his last season for the team, many in their organization are wondering if Quinn was not selected why wouldn't Harris accept the Browns offer? That would give Jacksonville more ammunition to potentially draft either University of Louisville's Brian Brohm or University of Michigan's Chad Henne of Michigan, the top rated quarterbacks heading towards the '08 draft.
More on Punter Switch
The top rated punter entering the draft was Daniel Sepulveda of Baylor University.
So why did the Jacksonville Jaguars chose University of Maryland's Adam Podlesh at the top of round four with Sepulveda still on the board? In a word; consistency.
While the team acknowledges Sepulveda has the stronger leg, the ability of Podlesh to directional punt and place punts made him more attractive to the team. The Pittsburgh Steelers swiped Sepulveda off the board eleven picks after Podlesh was selected.
Revis Likely to be in Camp on Time?
Representatives for New York Jets first-round pick CB Darrelle Revis have told us they expect to have their client signed by the team rather quickly.
Considering the Jets only drafted four players last weekend, it shouldn't be an issue and the agents for Revis do not think it will be a contentious negotiation. Contract talks could begin soon after the official rookie salary cap number for the team is released by the league.
Miami Happy to Have Soliai
As one source put it to us, the Miami Dolphins war room had a party when University of Utah DT Paul Soliai fell to them in round four. The team actually gave the mammoth lineman a first round grade based on his play and athletic intangibles.
They decided using a first day pick on him was too much of a risk based on character concerns and his low wonderlic score, an issue we touched on just prior to the combine.
Staley to Play on Right Side
The San Francisco 49ers plan on using first-round pick Joe Staleyat the right tackle position this season.
In fact, the starting spot could be Staley's to lose as the team could decide to cut former first-round pick Kwame Harris after June 1st.
More on The Stevens Signing
A number of league observers were surprised when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers recently signed free agent TE Jerramy Stevens to a contract.
Could nepotism have played a role in his signing?
Stevens' agent Marvin Demoff negotiated the deal with, of all people, his son Kevin Demoff, senior assistant to general manager Bruce Allen.