Jacksonville, FL - Due to limited team funds and the Jaguars' inability to draw top name free agents to Jacksonville to play in a Jaguar uniform; the team decided concentrate on the two aspects of the off-season that they could control: trading & drafting. The strategy was to accumulate enough draft picks through trading to move up in the 2015 draft with one primary goal in mind... Land one of the top three quarterback prospects in the 2015 rookie draft. At no point did the Jaguars ever believe that their diligence would land them the #1 overall draft selection. The realistic goal was to attain a top 10 pick and eventually try to trade up into the top 5 in order to draft one of the top three quarterbacks on the board. However, following successful negotiations with the Buccaneers, Eagles, and ultimately the Bengals who possessed the top overall draft selection; the Jaguars staff was able to negotiate the Jaguars atop the 2015 draft order. To nobody's surprise, the Jaguars selected the highly coveted top quarterback prospect out of Clemson, Ryen Irwin. Height: 6'6" Weight: 241 Draft: 1st Pick, 1st Round Age: 22 College: Clemson His strong arm (94 THP) and pinpoint accuracy (79 SAC, 85 MAC, 78 DAC) attracted the Jaguars scouts at the 2015 Combine. Never in their right minds did they believe that they would be presented the opportunity to acquire such talent at the quarterback position. With the right man behind center, he is destined to make the rest of the offensive unit better. Other key acquisitions in the first round of the 2015 draft were tight end Ronny Steriti out of Maryland with the 8th overall selection, and defensive end Okoye Bryson out of Navy with the 13th overall selection. Both players will provide an immediate impact for the team. Steriti will help stretch the middle of the field on the offensive side of the ball while Bryson will instill a pass rush that the Jaguars have been lacking on the defensive side. The improvements through the draft came at a price to the Jaguars as they traded away cornerback Demetrius McCray and free safety Josh Evans to the Buccaneers; and strong safety Jonathan Cyprien to the Eagles. Prepared for such losses, Antwon Blake will take on McCray's cornerback position and Robert Sands will take over the starting role at strong safety. The Jaguars also traded away the rights to their 2016 first round draft selection in exchange for offensive tackle, Russell Okung, from the Seahawks. Okung has been shifted to left guard while Mitch Petrus is going to be filling the center of the offensive line snapping the ball to Irwin. Free agent acquisition Bryan Bulaga will be taking over at right guard in place of Uche Nwaneri who was released due to salary cap reasons. Excitement has filled the air once again as it is not only a new season, but the beginning of a new era in Jacksonville. The Jaguars are aiming for success in 2015 and for future seasons to come!