I expected to see Julius Thomas in a Jacksonville Jaguars uniform in 2017. I did not see the Jags cutting him before he his guaranteed money date and I did not think the Jags would trade him. To me, Thomas would not hold much trade value in the market and I was right.
The Jags sent Thomas to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for a 7th round pick in 2017. Trading Thomas for a 7th round pick is not worth it. This is what Thomas is worth due to his low production and injury riddled seasons, but I believe Thomas could have made a bigger impact on the Jaguars than a 7th round pick would. There are not a whole lot of successes out of the 7th round in the history of the NFL draft. It seems that most of the success stories have been offensive linemen. This is a position of need for the Jaguars, but Thomas could make an impact on this team.
I can understand trading Thomas due to injury risk, but he should not be traded for a lack of production. His lack of production is solely on the offensive scheme.
… Only eight of Thomas' 76 catches with #Jaguars were passes that traveled at least 15 yards in the air. (Wasn't used right)— Ryan O'Halloran (@ryanohalloran) February 21, 2017
The Jaguars did not use Thomas correctly. They had him run short routes instead of letting him go deep and make plays. Doug Marrone could have made Thomas a priority in his offense, but now that opportunity is gone. I think that the value Thomas could provide for the Jaguars is greater than the value of the 7th round pick. Thomas does have the injury risks where he might miss half the season, but it would be worth the risk for the ability he provides.
Thomas should have shined on the Jaguars, but he never got the opportunity to. The Jaguars should have kept Thomas instead of trading him for a 7th round pick. I do not think that 7th round pick holds much value. The reward for keeping Thomas would have outweighed the risk and the value of a 7th round pick.
The Jaguars will now have to make a move for a tight end. This was a glaring hole in the Jaguars’ offense when Thomas did not play. They had a few players who filled in, but the Jags will be better if they find a stable tight end. There are a few tight ends on the market, but the draft will not be a bad option either. I can see the Jaguars drafting a tight end in the third round of the draft. I think there is enough talent in this tight end class for the Jaguars to find a starting tight end in those middle rounds.
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