If the Jaguars are interested in adding a quarterback during next week's NFL Draft, it won't be Southern Cal's Sam Darnold or Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield.
Think Marshall's Chase Litton or Toledo's Logan Woodside instead.
After re-signing Blake Bortles and acquiring Cody Kessler via trade, the Jaguars are in position to wait until Day 3 to add a passer.
Of a group that could also include Western Kentucky's Mike White, Washington State's Luke Falk and possibly Richmond's Kyle Lauletta, Litton is intriguing.
A three-year starter for the Thundering Herd, Litton has the size and arm strength that NFL teams covet. He's 6-foot-6 and zipped 25 touchdowns while completing 60 percent of his passes as a junior last season. Decision making is a concern, though, after he tossed 14 interceptions last season and had 31 in 34 career starts.
Teams will also want to get a better understanding of Litton’s arrest on burglary and theft charges as a high school sophomore, which caused several Power 5 programs to shy away during his recruitment.
If teams feel Litton's off-the-field problems are sufficiently behind him, his productivity and potential to learn for several seasons behind a starter could be appealing. He finished his college career as one of only four players in Marshall history with at least 8,000 passing yards and 70 touchdowns, a group that includes former Jaguars first-round pick Byron Leftwich.
“Had he gone back to Marshall and had a big year, he probably would have been a second-round pick [in 2019],” ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. said. “Now you may be able to get a guy like Litton in the fifth or sixth round.”
Woodside doesn't have Litton's size, but his production was just as impressive.
He took a redshirt season in 2015 after losing out in a quarterback competition with Alabama transfer Phillip Ely but saw his career take off from there. The 6-foot-2 Woodside assumed the starting role and threw 73 touchdowns against 17 interceptions his final two years while completing better than 64 percent of his passes both seasons.
Woodside's arm strength is only average, but he shows good ability to read defenses and throw receivers open.
Considering the competition, his best game last season came during a 52-30 loss at Miami in September. Woodside completed 28 of 48 for 342 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions, and the Rockets led 16-10 at halftime before the Hurricanes overwhelmed them in the second half.
Woodside broke former NFL quarterback Bruce Gradkowski's program records, finishing as Toledo's all-time leader in passing yards (10,514) and passing touchdowns (93).
"I think he's got a little bit of a chip on his shoulder because he wasn't recruited," NFL Network's Mike Mayock said. "He's a self-made kid. I saw the Miami game. I really liked it because that chip on his shoulder where, 'Why didn't you recruit me?' You could almost see it on tape."
White played two seasons at USF before transferring to Western Kentucky and lighting it up, throwing 63 touchdowns to 15 interceptions his final two years. He struggles to remain poised when the pocket collapses but has an easy delivery and can fit the football into small windows.
Falk had a rocky season as a redshirt senior and was benched during an ugly loss to Arizona in October. But he is a three-year starter who threw at least 30 touchdowns in each of those seasons as part of coach Mike Leach's system. A former walk-on, Falk has good anticipation and finished as the Pac-12's career leader in passing yards (14,481), passing touchdowns (119), and completions (1,403).
The Jaguars should pay close attention if Lauletta doesn't come off the board on Day 2.
A three-year starter at FCS school Richmond, Lauletta proved he can compete against top competition while being named MVP of the Senior Bowl. Lauletta threw 28 touchdowns against 12 interceptions as a redshirt senior last season and has impressed with his quick release.
Lauletta is likely to be taken before Litton and other Day 3 quarterbacks but remains a notch below Louisville’s Lamar Jackson and Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph, possibilities for the Jaguars if they take a quarterback at No. 29.
“Watching him at Richmond and the way he played at the Senior Bowl, he just didn’t seem to be in awe of anything,” Kiper said. “He just fits in, goes out there and competes.”
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