The Jacksonville Jaguars have a decision to make. Will the organization take the plunge and pick up Blake Bortles’ fifth-year option? Will they draft a quarterback in April with the notion this franchise is moving on?
The subject of Bortles’ future has been a hot topic of late with many local media members trying their own hand at making a decision about what the team should do. One sports talk radio show in town has even proposed a trade with Washington that would bring Kirk Cousins to Jacksonville for the fourth pick in the NFL Draft and Blake Bortles.
I was driving when I heard this “message” and almost ran off the road.
There is no doubt drafting a quarterback will be a possibility this season. It must be.
The Jaguars have drafted Byron Leftwich, Blaine Gabbert, and Bortles in the team’s history. Leftwich and Gabbert failed to lead the team to continual success. The jury is still out on Bortles. If the Jacksonville Jaguars do pull the trigger on drafting their future signal caller, here are a few candidates to consider.
Nathan Peterman, Pittsburgh – A hometown product. Played high school ball here in town and signed to play at Tennessee. Could not beat out Josh Dobbs and moved on to Pittsburgh. Was impressive in postseason All-Star games, proving he could be this year’s, Dak Prescott.
He has good size and can throw the deep ball with plenty of zip.
Brad Kaaya, Miami – There was talk before the beginning of the 2016 season Kaaya could be a Heisman Trophy candidate and the first overall pick in the 2017 Draft. Kaaya is far from that, but still, has plenty of potential as an NFL quarterback.
Kaaya is 6-foot-4 and 214 pounds, which is thin by NFL standards. He would need to add bulk. But in the right situation, he could be a solid signal caller on the pro level.
Josh Dobbs, Tennessee – He has a nice frame at 6-foot-3 and 216 pounds, which could stand to gain 10 more pounds. Dobbs was a solid star in Knoxville but did not always have the offensive weapons to work with.
Dobbs throws the ball like a cannon. However, he will need to work on his decision making to be more than a clipboard holder in the NFL.
Davis Webb – He is last on this list because I don’t think he will be around when the Jacksonville Jaguars decide to pull the trigger on a quarterback. If the Jaguars take Webb in the second round, it speaks volumes of where this team is looking in the future.
Webb big at 6-foot-5 and 229 pounds. He looks the part of an NFL passer. He should be high on the Washington Redskins and Pittsburgh Steelers wish list.