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Florida Times-Union reporter Michael C. Wright covers the ins and outs of the Jacksonville Jaguars. In this blog, he'll share behind-the-scenes anecdotes not published within the pages of the T-U, in addition to offering up incessant ramblings about nothing such as road trips, crummy hotels and not-so-delicious press box food. Perhaps he'll even delve into serious discussions about NFL issues. So ask questions, participate in conversations, or just learn more about the Jags.

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Jags select Nelson

With Quinn still available, the Jags selected Florida safety Reggie Nelson. Nelson is a safe pick and the local favorite. Jack Del Rio will discuss the selection shortly and we should hear from Nelson pretty soon, too.

15 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Terrible pick, no knock on Nelson but they could have gotten a Franchise QB and put a face on their franchise. Put some fans in the seats. You could have picked a decent safety in the second round.
Terible Pick!!!

April 28, 2007 at 3:14 PM  
Blogger Michael C. Wright said...

Even crazier is that it's likely Cleveland will land Quinn.

April 28, 2007 at 3:17 PM  
Blogger GatorHawk said...

Nelson is not a bad pick. Brady Quinn is far from a franchise QB. He is just a product of Charlie Weiss' system.

April 28, 2007 at 3:38 PM  
Blogger ZombieHeadhunter said...

Obviously this moron has never watched Nelson play...Reggie is a sensational athlete, and a complete ball-hawk who only makes big plays.

This is the pick I wanted all along, and was always in Shack and Jack's crosshairs. the Jags still get their man, and pick up more picks! Bravo front office.

April 28, 2007 at 3:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Someone should be Fired! This is the NFL, Without at least 1 white QB on this team you will cover 10,000 more seats and have to settle for a no-name stadium. I love the brothers, but don't go round ball...The day this team can balance is the day they will be noticed.

April 28, 2007 at 4:05 PM  
Blogger Phil said...

I am NOT a Gator...Nelson is NOT a terrible pick. He is a great pick and the pick many expected in Rd 1 if he was available.

Yet, anyone who has ever watched much football can see that Leftwich is not the caliber QB needed for a successful pro team. No one questions his desire, toughness, film time. But enough already...we should have picked Quinn.

April 28, 2007 at 4:11 PM  
Blogger Michael C. Wright said...

This is definitely a pick that is sure to draw some criticism. Reggie Nelson is a playmaking safety that will be able to help the Jaguars immediately as
a nickel corner (it appears that's where the Jags want to use him). Let's remember that Ryan Leaf was a No. 2 overall pick and look where he ended up. There aren't any guarantees that Quinn is going to be a successful NFL quarterback. Then again, there aren't any guarantees that Nelson will be a solid pro player.

April 28, 2007 at 4:26 PM  
Blogger Phil said...

Yet...there IS the guaranty that Leftwhich is not going to be successful. Slow a foot, wind up release, telegraphs throws "because" of the wind up. Where do scouts report these attributes and project success at the pro level. By your logic, every No. 2 QB selection must live in the shadow of Ryan Leaf.

April 28, 2007 at 4:36 PM  
Blogger Michael C. Wright said...

Phil,

It appears that the Jags didn't expect Quinn to fall to them so late, thus, the club didn't do much research on him. Basically, the Jags would have been forced to make a decision in 15 minutes on Quinn, when they spend several months researching other guys. It's a tough position to be in and it appears the Jags went the safe route.

April 28, 2007 at 4:39 PM  
Blogger Phil said...

Hey...I said Nelson is a great pick. But call me stupid...these guys have a "Best Player" board by "position" and best "availability." Don't they??? If not, I need to get on the payroll.

From "EVERY" draft publication available, it seems Quinn was a huge value and we have a need...if not now then next year. Only gatorhawk thinks Quinn is a fraud.

April 28, 2007 at 4:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Quinn's Bio:

CAREER: A contender for college football's highest honors this season ... rated the number-one quarterback in college football for 2006 by The Sporting News and Lindy's ... a 2006 first-team preseason All-America selection by The Sporting News, Lindy's, Athlon, Street & Smith's and CBSSportsLine.com ... a preseason Maxwell Award candidate ... the most prolific passer in Notre Dame's storied history ... owns 30 Notre Dame records (nine career, nine single-season, four single-game and eight others) ... two-time Irish captain, joining Tom Zbikowski and Travis Thomas as Notre Dame's 2006 captains.

April 28, 2007 at 5:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

With QB's its 50/50 if you hit on a winner.

Brady Q. might be the next Tom Brady.

If nothing else it would have made for some nice insurance if Byron has a big year and wants HUGE money next year or gets hurt again.

Reggie is a good player, a safe pick for the team and will make all the GATOR homers happy.

Will more Gator fans become season ticket holders now? OR would more people that do not like Lefty have bought season tickets to see Quinn play? I am sure the War Room was busy.

Everyone will know in a couple of years. Jags have not had good luck in the first round.

April 28, 2007 at 6:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shack and Jack jumped the shark on Saturday 4/29/07. That's the day that sealed their fate. They will both be fired after the upcoming season, and we in Jax will never forget that we could have had Brady Quinn. Jack, a Southern Cal alum, is institutionally biased against Notre Dame quarterbacks, and Shack is biased against white quarterbacks. And that argument that they never expected Quinn to be available at # 17 thus they would have had to make a snap judgement in 15 minutes is insane. Either they are incompetent or just plain stupid. Pick your poison, and call a realtor Jack/Shack because Mr. Weaver may have to cover another 10,000 seats per year until both of you and Byron Leftwich are gone.

April 29, 2007 at 8:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! Del Rio and Shack aren't doinig Weaver any favors.

We obviously could have used Quinn. Nothing wrong with Nelson, but a quarterback, with his reputation, could do wonders for putting fans in the seats. Even if he didn't pan out, it would spark some interest. Few fans will pay to see Leftwich lumber through a game, anymore. Many of us have had it with relying on BL's toughness and erratic ball handling, to get us to the "promise" land. All we hear are promises, promises.

April 29, 2007 at 10:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Jack/Shack debacle continues (and yes, Shack doesn't seem to like white QB's...how else do you explain not having a white QB for two straight years. Bias, yes. Best player available my behind...hopefully, next season will bring us a new front office and a new QB.

April 29, 2007 at 4:08 PM  

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