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Jaguars set to entertain parade of NFL Draft prospects

11 players, including 6 QBs, linked to Jacksonville visits, according to reports

Posted: April 8, 2014 - 11:12pm  |  Updated: April 8, 2014 - 11:31pm

Allowed to bring 30 prospects into Jacksonville for pre-draft meetings, the Jaguars will make the bowels of EverBank Field and surrounding steakhouses busy this week.

The Jaguars have been linked to hosting 11 players over the next two days, including six quarterbacks.

The draft kicks off May 8, and the Jaguars hold the third overall pick as well as 11 selections overall.

Related: 30 things to think about with 30 days until the NFL Draft

The list, according to league sources and reports from ESPN and NFL.com:

Offense: The quarterbacks — Central Florida’s Blake Bortles, Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater, Fresno State’s Derek Carr, Eastern Illinois’ Jimmy Garopollo, Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel and LSU’s Zach Mettenberger — and Auburn offensive tackle Greg Robinson.

Defense: Notre Dame defensive end Stephen Tuitt and linebackers Anthony Barr (UCLA), Khalil Mack (Buffalo) and Kyle Van Noy (BYU).

The strategy of bringing in several players at once is similar to last year, when the Jaguars hosted defensive end Dion Jordan and offensive tackles Eric Fisher and Luke Joeckel on the same day.

Those players went first (Fisher to Kansas City), second (Joeckel to the Jaguars) and third (Jordan to Miami) in the draft.

According to league rules, players who visit a team’s headquarters can be given a physical examination but can’t be timed or tested. Interviews and other tests can be administered.

The visit usually consists of meeting with the general manager, head coach, coordinator and position coach.

The Jaguars coached Garopollo, Carr and Van Noy in the Senior Bowl. General manager Dave Caldwell and coach Gus Bradley attended the pro day workouts for Bortles, Bridgewater, Manziel and Tuitt.

Mettenberger’s pro day is Wednesday in Baton Rouge, La., and will be his first chance to work in front of NFL personnel because of his knee injury.

With the first wave of visits, the Jaguars are doing their due diligence because they could face many scenarios.

■ Stay at No. 3: Does Caldwell show he’s been bluffing all along and take Bortles, Bridgewater or Manziel? Two and maybe all three could be on the board. Or they could go ultra-conservative and take Robinson.

■ Trade down but stay in the top 10: Mack and Barr are the consensus top two linebackers in the draft, and Carr is likely to be available.

■ Second round: Mettenberger could propel himself into the late first round if teams think he’s ready physically. Although he has drawn praise, Garoppolo figures to be available at No. 39. The same for Tuitt and definitely Van Noy.

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Beacher Retort
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Beacher Retort 04/09/14 - 04:24 am
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Time Teaches Us All It's good

Time Teaches Us All
It's good to see the teachers entertain prospective students as they gather needed information for wiser decisions. Much better than the JB phone interview, these face to face meetings can save valuable time this franchise can't spare. I do hope we can salvage our top WR's contribution and would think this to be of equal priority to the new candidates courting.
Of note is a missing QB, one that may fall to the third or fourth round: Aaron Murray. Disturbing is the four defensive players which won't fall to our second pick. The drums beat trading down. I guess we want to be sure the franchise QB isn't among the top 3 picks and it signals DC is his own thinker, Kiper-free, and a breath of fresh air for Jaguars.
Hope we sign a veteran QB, draft one or two ( Carr, Bortles and/or Murray), address the OL with our 1st round or second round pick, and have a plan so as to not repeat the BG debacle.
You have to be happy if your a Jaguar.

TheMadKow
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TheMadKow 04/09/14 - 06:38 am
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"You have to be happy if your

"You have to be happy if your a Jaguar." yes I am.

Lake11
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Lake11 04/09/14 - 08:52 am
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Hmmm. Mr. Clowney's invite

Hmmm. Mr. Clowney's invite get lost in the mail? The plot thickens.

The Patient
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The Patient 04/09/14 - 09:00 am
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Month away. Sweet.

Month away. Sweet.

TheMadKow
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TheMadKow 04/09/14 - 09:35 am
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Whether the Jags select your

Whether the Jags select your favorite choice or someone else all that matters is that they improve this team. I'll with hold my judgement until I see the end result. They do seem to be putting in the effort though.

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Lake11 04/09/14 - 10:41 am
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Seriously? No one else is

Seriously? No one else is interested why the name of the number 1 prospect in the land isn't on our guest list? Did we not invite him? Did he turn down our invitation? Did he and Spurrier make up and run off to a South Pacific island? Inquiring minds want to know, Ryan.

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emma3 04/09/14 - 12:13 pm
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Calm down Lake 11, conspiracy

Calm down Lake 11, conspiracy theory is over....Clowney arrives tonight. McCarron tomorrow.

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Lake11 04/09/14 - 07:33 pm
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@emma3 ... Very clever. Mel

@emma3 ... Very clever. Mel is my hero, and Julia, well, let's just say, "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You."

However, in keeping with the theme, I will note that my "complaint" was first posted at 8:52 a.m. and the Clowney/McCarron update wasn't posted until 12:08 a.m. So ...

And yes, my name is Neo, and I CAN see the Matrix.

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