The Jacksonville Jaguars are being responsible students and doing their homework.
The subject? The 2014 Class of Quarterbacks.
Back in February, at the 2014 NFL Combine in Indianapolis, the team met privately with former UCF QB Blake Bortles, former Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater and former Texas A&M Quarterback Johnny Manziel. The Jaguars also attended the Pro Days of the so-called 'Big Three' as well.
During the week of the Senior Bowl, the team got a great look at the quarterbacks on both the North team, coached by the Atlanta Falcons, and the South team that they coached themselves. When former Alabama QB AJ McCarron declined an invitation to the Senior Bowl, the Jaguars we're asked if there was anyone in particular they had their eyes on and would like to have brought in to replace McCarron.
Their pick? Former Eastern Illinois QB Jimmy Garoppolo who they met with at the East-West Shrine Game.
The Jaguars aren't quite done studying yet either.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, former Fresno State QB Derek Carr will be meeting with the team tomorrow at team facilities. Carr isn't the only one visiting, as Manziel, Bridgewater, and Garoppolo appear to be visiting with the team as well according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Bortles is set to meet with the team later on in the week along with former LSU QB Zach Mettenberger.
Obviously, the Jaguars can't possibly draft all of these guys, but the will draft at least one, two if you're Shad Khan. While many argue that South Carolina defensive end is the right pick for the Jaguars who hold the third overall pick, he might not be available. It's possible that one these quarterbacks will impress the team enough to take them with that third overall pick, though unlikely.
What the Jaguars are doing is giving themselves options by doing their homework. If they don't like one of 'top-tier' passers in Manziel, Bortles, or Bridgewater, then they have that flexibility to use the third overall pick to address another need, say wide receiver, where they could take Sammy Watkins out of Clemson.
Whoever they draft, one thing is for sure, it's about time the Jaguars have a group running the show who have a genuine interest in improving the team day in and day out. Jaguar fans haven't seen anything like it in a very long time. If Gene Smith was still running the show, he'd be sitting back in his office, with his feet propped up on his desk, and take an offensive linemen with the third overall pick...scratch that, he'll draft a punter.