The Jacksonville Jaguars are in a weird place without a sure thing at quarterback, so should the franchise offer the farm to trade up for Tua Tagovailoa or Joe Burrow?
The skinny: The Jaguars own the No. 9 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. That spot may be too far down the order to land one of the premier quarterbacks in this year’s class.
The current situation: Jacksonville has two quarterbacks who are good enough to start in Gardner Minshew, who played very well for much of his rookie season, and veteran Nick Foles, who reaped in a bountiful free-agency deal last year.
Whether either of these guys is really worthy of being called a franchise passer is up for debate, however.
The competition: If the Jaguars are indeed interested in a trade up during the draft to land Tagovailoa or Burrow, they’ll be facing stiff competition. Here’s who else might be hunting for their future franchise quarterback.
It’s pretty plain to see that the Jaguars will have a ton of competition for a quarterback this year, if they are looking for one. And looking at the cost it takes to move up into the top two in recent years, they’d be giving up an absurd amount of draft capital to leapfrog the teams below Cincinnati.
The verdict: As we mentioned in the opening statement, Jacksonville is in kind of an awkward situation with Foles still on the books for $33.9 million and Minshew showing some chops as a sixth-round rookie.
With all that in mind, and considering how much it would cost to move up from No. 9 to No. 1 or No. 2 to land Burrow or Tagovailoa (to beat the Dolphins to the punch), a trade up for one of these young stars in the making seems like a huge risk the Jaguars will not be willing to take.
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