The first day of the NFL Draft has arrived, and rumors are flying fast and furious.
The subtle art of pulling off a successful smokescreen is something every team practices, especially those occupying the top 10 picks in the draft. The Jaguars hold a lot of power with the No. 4 overall pick, and there are a lot of different ways they could go.
Jacksonville's decision could have a trickle-down effect on the rest of the draft.
According to Bleacher Report, there is "growing chatter" that the Jaguars could take former Clemson quarterback DeShaun Watson with the No. 4 pick.
Just a smokescreen? Possibly, but Blake Bortles regressed in almost every statistical category last season, and Watson's intangibles are his best assets. If nothing else, Jacksonville will likely have a conversation about selecting Watson.
Should Jacksonville select Watson, especially if Cleveland has already shocked the world and taken Mitchell Trubisky with the No. 1 overall pick, the created ripple effect would have a profound effect on the rest of Thursday's first round.
The biggest impact would be on the two running backs. Leonard Fournette is largely considered the top running back prospect, but the Panthers have shown more interest in Christian McCaffrey and could favor the former Stanford star.
In this scenario, Fournette could fall to the Jets at No. 6, or present Carolina with a tough decision at No. 8. Should Fournette fall to No. 9, the Bengals' phones could ring off the hook.
Every good rumor needs to have a good back story, which is to say, it needs to make sense. Watson to Jacksonville has its problems — namely Bortles would essentially play this season with the understanding the team has lost faith in him — but it also has some upside.
Watson was a proven and successful leader in college. He led a talented Clemson team past Alabama in the national championship game last season by stepping up and making crucial throws. He has the arm strength and tenacity to thrive in the NFL.
However, one of Watson's biggest flaws is throwing interceptions, which is the same thing Bortles does far too often. Watson threw 17 interceptions last season and 32 during his three seasons at Clemson. He also threw 90 touchdowns during that time, but the turnovers will be a concern for Jacksonville's decision-makers.
Drafting a quarterback in the first round is not an exact science, but Watson to Jacksonville could pay off if the team thinks he's NFL-ready right now.