The Jacksonville Jaguars have been the punchline to some of the biggest jokes in the NFL over the past few seasons. It really started when they drafted Blaine Gabbert with the 10th overall pick in the 2011 draft. By the way Gabbert was traded to the San Francisco 49ers for a 6th round pick in this years draft. It's safe to say the franchise completely whiffed on that one and it goes to show you that drafting a quarterback early can set the team back 5+ years if that player turns out to be a Blaine Gabbert, JaMarcus Russell or Tim Couch to name a few. So should the Jaguars gamble again, this time with the 3rd overall pick and draft what they would hope to be the savior and starting QB over the next 10 - 12 seasons?
I say absolutely, positively and without a doubt yes! What more do they have to lose?! They made this mistake with Tim Tebow from a revenue standpoint and maybe even the divine intervention that seems to occur when Tebow touches the ball on the field. Or should I say touched the ball because he doesn't even have a job in the league right now and may never again. But there's a quarterback in this years draft that will put the rear ends in the stadium seats while helping the team sell jersey's, hats and other Jaguars collectibles and at the same time can win football games and is already a much better QB than Tebow will ever be. And that kid, who will grow into a man is Johnny Manziel. He's a Heisman winner with a chip on his shoulder. How can you not love that!
He brings you the best of both worlds. The Jaguars struggle on a weekly basis not to have their games blacked out due to lack of ticket sales so the few fans they have left can't watch their favorite team play on Sunday afternoons. It's a ridiculous rule but it is the truth. Manziel is an attention grabber and he will grab the attention from the residents of Jacksonville. The fans won't be able to help but go to EverBank Field (yes that's really the name of the stadium) and go see Johnny Football play in the pro's.
The best part is that he is an instant catalyst for an offense. His athletic ability, arm strength and accuracy make the kid a lethal weapon on the field. At the end of the day winning is the most important thing and you can't win games when you have inconsistency at the quarterback position. Stability is key and practicing this virtue physically will result in better play on the field. If the players in the huddle feel as if their leader will fight to the death for his teammates and has the ability to make something happen on any given play then you'll see the lineman block harder, the receivers run faster and the running back doing everything in his power to protect and assist his quarterback. I also suspect the Jaguars will look for a RB possibly in the early 2nd or 3rd round as Maurice Jones-Drew packed up and went to Oakland.
I grant you that the Jags need a lot more than a quarterback to become a contender again. This is why you see the Jaguars taking everybody from Khalil Mack to Sammy Watkins or even a Greg Robinson. They can use all those guys obviously but what good is it if you don't have a QB to win you games late in the 4th quarter. Johnny Manziel can bring the energy and talent necessary for Jaguars fans to care and watch this young phenom begin to resurrect this beaten franchise.