Jaguars mailbag: Jameis Winston, Tom Brady, and the secondary

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@ESPNdirocco: Well, let's look at it this way: It was pretty well accepted that in order to draft Jameis Winston a team would have to have the first overall pick or be willing to give up a whole lot to move into that spot. So if the Jaguars knew they wanted Winston instead of Blake Bortles they would have had to finish with the worst record in the league - and they very well may have done it considering how non-functional the offense was outside of the first half of the season opener. But waiting on Winston was too much of a risk. What if he decided not to enter the draft? What if he suffered a career-ending injury? Too many variables. General manager David Caldwell really liked Bortles and felt that he was the future of the franchise. That's why he drafted him. @ESPNdirocco: Because you've been beaten down by how poorly this team has performed the last several seasons and you don't want to latch onto anything positive for fear that you'll be disappointed again? However, I agree with Jaguars.com's John Oehser on the cornerbacks being one of the deepest positions. Demetrius McCray has turned into a solid starter, though he needs to start making more big plays. I really like Aaron Colvin, too, and think he's going to become a very good player in this league. Dwayne Gratz played well at the end of spring and Davon House, while struggling to hold onto a starting job in Green Bay, is an experienced vet. It's a solid group that must continue to progress during camp. The battle for the starting spot opposite McCray between House and Gratz is going to be one to watch throughout August. @ESPNdirocco: I think Chris Clemons has the best chance, even though he turns 34 this season and will have his reps somewhat limited because of that. He's still the Jaguars' most experienced pass-rusher (66 career sacks) and he reported to minicamp 17 pounds lighter, which shows he still worked pretty hard despite skipping organized team activities. Andre Branch has 10 sacks in three seasons so I'd be surprised if he led the team. The only other player I'd consider would be Ryan Davis, who had 6.5 last season despite playing limited reps. He's the inside rusher when the team goes to its lightning package. @ESPNdirocco: It's only a guess at this point, but I'd say yes -- which obviously isn't good news for the Jaguars. My gut feeling is that Roger Goodell will shorten the suspension, especially in the wake of Greg Hardy's suspension being reduced from 10 games to four. However, nobody will know for sure until Goodell makes a ruling and it's unclear at this point how news of the NFLPA's plan to go to court if the suspension isn't reversed will impact his decision. @ESPNdirocco: The group looked OK in OTAs and minicamp. Gratz and safety Craig Loston seemed to stand out, especially late. However, we'll get a better look at the secondary in training camp in full pads. As for the starters, I think McCray and House will be outside and Colvin will be the nickel back, which means he's pretty much a starter because the Jaguars started in the nickel seven times last season.