Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell’s phone continuously rings for a call or buzzes for a text.
Last month, it was to ask Caldwell about any possible job openings. For the next two months, it will be about the Jaguars’ top two picks — Nos. 2 and 33 overall.
Caldwell expects a team to reach out to him about the first-round pick after this week’s Scouting Combine, “if somebody starts to separate themselves and climb up the board.”
By most accounts, this is a deep draft at several positions and that makes the Jaguars’ second-round pick a valuable chip for a rebuilding franchise.
“There’s going to be a lot of interest,” Caldwell said. “There will be a very good player for us to select, too. We feel very good about having that.”
What the 2-14 Jaguars need is more very good players.
Among the last five No. 33 overall picks, only Detroit safety Louis Delmas has proven to be a high-caliber player. Defensive end Phillip Merling (Miami, 2008) has been with three teams, right tackle Rodger Saffold (St. Louis, 2010) is serviceable, cornerback Ras-I Dowling (New England, 2011) has played eight games in two years and receiver Brian Quick (St. Louis, 2012) had 11 catches as a rookie.
Still, the pick has value.
After canvasing the Combine for assessments of the Jaguars’ chief needs, here are four possibilities for them if they move back into the first round or stay put early in the second.