The NFL’s offseason calendar changes made last season were not designed to have an immediate impact on how team’s conduct their business.
The Radio City Music Hall was not available for the NFL’s usual draft date so the league moved it back a couple of weeks. But those teams with big business to do are certainly taking advantage of it.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are one of those teams that need a drastic overhaul after another disappointing season. In 2013 the combine finished on the 26th February and the draft started eight weeks later on the 25th April.
However, this year whilst the combine finished on the 25th February, teams now have 10 weeks before the draft is hosted on 10 weeks. With an eight week gap, there really isn’t much time to spare.
Teams still have pressing free-agency problems to deal with and scouts will be busy with prospect’s pro days for most of the time with only a small window for a few visits from their top draft choices.
This year however, the Jags have gone all out and invited all the top rated prospects to Jacksonville for official visits.
Today for instance, the Jaguars will receive visits from quarterbacks: Blake Bortles, AJ McCarron, Derek Carr and Zach Mettenberger alongside Jadeveon Clowney and Sammy Watkins.
The Jaguars, in the second year under coach Gus Bradley, know that they need a good draft if they stand any chance of developing.
They’ve had inferior talent and a diabolical quarterback situation for many years and quite simply need to break out of it. Bradley and the Jags pick at number three with a quarterback sure to be a target in the first two rounds.
The NFL draft may sometimes be a lottery but the Jaguars are getting their homework done early in the hope of bagging a quality player.