Jaguars owner Shad Khan said Tuesday he has been briefed by general manager Dave Caldwell and coach Gus Bradley on the player the Jaguars plan to take with the second pick in the NFL Draft Thursday night. Khan added he is on board with the selection even if it is at a non-glamour position like offensive tackle. In a candid discussion about the team’s rebuilding program, Khan also said that with hindsight they probably should have started the rebuilding process earlier and they won’t take any shortcuts as they rebuild. Speaking at the unveiling of the new uniforms, Khan said he has no problem drafting an offensive tackle even if it's not the kind of selection that would excite the fan base. “What I’m worried about is that we make good choices that help us win. It’s not about sexy or unsexy. To me, we want to get the best player that is going to help us win. We have a nucleus of players. Who do we have to get to complement them and bring out the best in them? It’s as simple as that because when it’s all said and done football is a lot of fun and a lot of showbiz element. It’s just exhilarating and invigorating, but it’s about winning. Everything we’re going through is to get us to a stage where we will be a perennial contender. That’s where we want to be,’’ Khan said. Although Caldwell has said that he and Bradley and Khan will be the only three people who will know in advance which player the Jaguars are going to pick, there’s been a lot of speculation around the league that two offensive tackles, Luke Joeckel of Texas and Eric Fisher of Central Michigan, are the two best players in the draft and will be the first two players picked by the Chiefs and Jaguars. The players are rated very closely, but Kansas City might give the nod to Joeckel because he played in a big time program at Texas, although Caldwell said Monday he doesn’t consider Central Michigan a small school. If Joeckel goes to the Chiefs, then the Jaguars could take Fisher. If the Chiefs go with Fisher — and some observers have him rated as slightly better — the Jaguars could nab Joeckel. Since the Jaguars already have a left tackle in Eugene Monroe, the draft pick would be moved to right tackle and Caldwell said he could defend taking a right tackle in the second slot. “If it did happen, I would say the things that I would look at is it makes our run game better, it makes our pass game better. It makes our defense better,’’ he said.
Owner Shad Khan OK with Jaguars' first pick in draft
Jacksonville Times-Union | Apr 24