The Jacksonville Jaguars are unlikely to invest a high pick in a linebacker, writes the Florida Times-Union's Hays Carlyon.
That means Khalil Mack isn't going to be the player the Jaguars take with the No. 3 overall pick next week. The position will be addressed but it seems more likely that it would be done in the later rounds. The Jaguars want linebackers who can run and they'll be able to find those kind of players in the fourth and fifth round.
"We’re very scheme specific, especially the outside linebackers,” Jaguars general manager David Caldwell said. “I would say it’s typical [the overall linebacker class]. Lately, there haven’t been a lot of great linebackers. I would rather have us teach them how to cover. If you can find a guy that can rush, you will always be getting some value.”
Here are some additional pieces of Jaguars-related content from around the Web in our Reading the Coverage feature:
The San Francisco Chronicle's Vic Tafur writes that former Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew said he doesn't believe the running back position has been devalued and wondered why teams gave Ben Tate and Toby Gerhart a bunch of money in free agency.
The T-U's Ryan O'Halloran writes that ESPN analyst Jon Gruden really likes quarterback Johnny Manziel and would have taken Teddy Bridgewater off his draft board had he still been coaching.
NFL.com's Adam Schein writes that the Jaguars are one of nine franchises that should draft a QB. He remains skeptical that the Jaguars will do it in the first round, though.
The Sporting News' Vinnie Iyer lists the following players as the five safest picks in the upcoming draft: offensive tackle Jake Matthews, receiver Sammy Watkins, Mack, linebacker C.J. Mosley and guard Zack Martin.
It's interesting that Matthews makes that list because the Jaguars had the former Texas A&M standout in for a visit and a league source says he's one of the players Caldwell may take with the No. 3 pick.