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Jacksonville Jaguars meet with top QBs in NFL draft

People noticed when Jacksonville Jaguars coach Gus Bradley met with top quarterback prospect Geno Smith of West Virginia in March. Bradley would like you to know that Smith wasn't singled out.

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The Jaguars' new coach revealed Tuesday that he's also privately met with USC's Matt Barkley, Florida State's EJ Manuel and N.C. State's Mike Glennon. The Jaguars will meet with Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib on Friday.

Yup, that's basically every top quarterback prospect in this class. 

"It was good for me to visit with them," Bradley said via the Florida Times-Union. "It's great. You have the physical side and you have the mental side. I was really intrigued mentally by how these guys compete. I believe there are different levels of guys competing mindset wise. It really intrigues me to have a chance to sit down with these quarterbacks and go through that. I think it was really good to find some things out."


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The Jaguars, oddly, are in a good spot. They need a quarterback, but there's no one worthy of the No. 2 overall pick. (Guys like offensive tackle Luke Joeckel, defensive end Dion Jordan and offensive tackle Eric Fisher are visiting with the Jaguars on Wednesday.) With teams like the Buffalo Bills and Arizona Cardinals picking up veterans like Kevin Kolb and Carson Palmer, there's a good chance the Jaguars will have nice options at quarterback from which to choose in the second round.

We wouldn't be that surprised if all the top quarterbacks -- except Smith and possibly Manuel -- slipped through to the second round. Like the Bills, the Jaguars also might consider trading up into the end of the first round to get their guy. (If they even have a guy.)

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