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Jags a Winner Early in the Draft Says ESPN’s Clayton

Already there’s speculation about who are winners and losers after just a round of the 2011 NFL Draft. John Clayton of ESPN says that the Jags came out a winner.

The Jaguars finally get a break. For years, they were looking for the heir to David Garrard’s starting job at quarterback. Thanks in part to the 49ers’ not taking a quarterback and the Titans’ taking Jake Locker with the eighth pick, the Jaguars accomplished something that they might not have done until the 2012 draft — they got their quarterback, Blaine Gabbert. Once Gabbert fell to the 10th pick, the Jaguars traded up with the Redskins to get him. The cost was a second-round pick. Had they tried to move up from the second round to get a quarterback, they might have had to sacrifice a first-rounder in 2012. Drafting at No. 16 originally, the Jags weren’t in a good spot to get one of the top-rated quarterbacks. Getting Gabbert was like hitting the lottery, particularly in a division that has elite quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Matt Schaub.

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