ON THE ROSTER (2): Blake Bortles and Cody Kessler.
ANALYSIS: The Jaguars will acquire a third quarterback, but the question is if it will be to compete with Kessler for the No. 2 spot, settle in as the No. 3/developmental guy or to serve as a camp arm. Bortles is basically locked in for two years via his new contract and Kessler has two years left on his rookie deal. It would not be surprising if the Jaguars use a Day 3 pick and then see if that player can earn a roster spot or move to the practice squad.
1. SAM DARNOLD|USC|6-3/221|24
Third-year sophomore turns 21 on June 5. … Became the Trojans’ starter in 2016 after the team’s 1-2 start and threw 31TDs (nine INTs) and finished with Rose Bowl win over Penn State. … A red flag during 2017 were his turnovers – 13 INTs last year and 36 turnovers for his career – and a decrease in completion percentage (67.2 to 63.1). … Fumbled 21 times in 24 starts. … Not a threat to gain yards with his feet – only 75 rushing attempts last year. … Reached 300 yards passing eight times last year. … If Cleveland passes at No. 1, may go to the Giants to be Eli Manning’s heir apparent.
2. JOSH ROSEN|UCLA|6-4|226|30
Spent three years on campus and played for three different offensive coordinators, including former Jaguars play-caller Jedd Fisch in 2017. … Career totals of 59 TDs, 26 INTs and 9,341 yards passing. … Finished as UCLA record holder in 300-yard passing games (17) and consecutive games with a TD pass (14). … Limited to six games in 2016 (rotator cuff) and missed two games last year (separate concussions).
3. BAKER MAYFIELD|OKLAHOMA|6-1/215|46
Last year’s Heisman Trophy winner may not be for everybody because of his height (not tall enough), but was ultra-productive (131 TDs/30 INTs/14,607 yards). … Started career at Texas Tech and transferred to walk on at Oklahoma. … Started 39 games for the Sooners in three seasons. … Turned 23 last week. … Completed 70.9 and 70.5 percent of his passes in 2016-17. … Had eight 300-yard games and 43 TDs in terrific senior year.
4. JOSH ALLEN|WYOMING|6-5/237|26
A polarizing prospect that could go first overall if Cleveland GM John Dorsey seems him as a big-armed/big-upside prospect like he did Patrick Mahomes last year. … Or he could fall to the lower part of the top 10 because teams are wary of what he did against Power Five teams (not much). … Started career at Reedley Community College in California. … Missed most of 2015 after breaking collarbone in seven places. … In his last two years, had 44 TDs and 21 INTs. … Against Nebraska, Iowa and Oregon, Allen was 0-3 with one TD and eight INTs.
5. LAMAR JACKSON|LOUISVILLE|6-2/216|34
Third-year junior won the 2016 Heisman Trophy. … Finished Louisville career with 69 TDs and 27 INTs and rushed for 4,132 yards and 50 TDs. … He could be a fit for Buffalo or Arizona, teams who signed quarterbacks in free agency (A.J. McCarron and Sam Bradford, respectively), giving them to luxury to develop Jackson. … Likely one of the best athletes available regardless of position.
Only 10 quarterbacks were selected among 253 picks last year – six could go in the first round this year if Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph goes off the board. … Five quarterbacks have not gone in the top 15 picks since 1999. … The Jaguars have drafted a quarterback in three of the last six years – Blaine Gabbert (No. 10 in 2011), Blake Bortles (No. 3 in 2014) and Brandon Allen (No. 201 in 2016). … Have arm, will travel: Among the top passers are several transfers – Mayfield (Texas Tech to Oklahoma), Mike White (South Florida to Western Kentucky), Kurt Benkert (East Carolina to Virginia), Riley Ferguson (Tennessee to Memphis), Danny Etling (Purdue to LSU) and Tanner Lee (Tulane to Nebraska). .. South Florida’s Quinton Flowers ran the fastest 40 among QBs at the Combine (4.63 seconds).