Titans fans can stop the Jaguars from tampering in the 2021 NFL Draft
By Will Lomas
Titans should stop the Jaguars draft tampering.
Tennessee Titans fans have to give the Jacksonville Jaguars some credit here, they have a great plan to cheat their way up the 2021 NFL Draft.
That may sound too harsh because technically the Jaguars aren’t cheating. It would probably make more sense to say that they are taking a broken system and manipulating it so that they can act in bad faith.
If you don’t know what I am talking about, this all goes back to the spring when Yannick Ngakoue decided he had enough of being with a bad organization. As soon as he made it public that he would never play for the Jaguars again, the wheels started turning in front offices around the league.
The big question wasn’t if he would be moved, but rather who would fall in love and make the best offer.
That was answered when the Jaguars traded Ngakoue to the Minnesota Vikings for a 2nd round pick and a conditional 5th round pick (that will be important later).
After a bad start to the season with the Vikings, Minnesota actually traded him to the Baltimore Ravens for a 3rd round pick and a conditional 5th round pick.
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Here is where things get interesting.
The condition in the first trade is that the 5th round pick will be elevated to a 4th round pick if Yannick Ngakoue makes the Pro Bowl. This means that if the Ravens turn Ngakoue into a Pro Bowl EDGE, it won’t make any difference to their trade, but it will make the Vikings give up a higher pick.
That could mean a jump as far as from pick 148 all the way to pick 110. In the last four years alone that has been the difference in being able to pick up guys like George Kittle, Eddie Jackson, Carl Lawson, Tony Pollard, Solomon Kindley, and Joshua Kelly.
Some of those teams are Pro Bowlers and All-Pros and even the names that you don’t know have become important pieces for their teams.
So what can the Titans do about it?
Well right now there is a movement for fans of the Jaguars, Ravens, Bears, Packers, Lions, and Saints to all go and vote for Yannick Ngakoue in the Pro Bowl voting. Look below:
That is right. The stupid fact that fans can vote on Pro Bowl players pops up again, but this time it could affect more than a team’s cap space.
The only way to combat this is for Vikings, Titans, Texans, Colts, Steelers, Browns, and Bengals fans to all come together and agree on a set of EDGEs that they collectively vote for instead of Ngakoue.
Some will come to vote against the Ravens franchise, others will vote to help out the Vikings, but most will come out to vote against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Can these fan bases get together? It is hard to say, but if they don’t then it is just going to mean a more confident pass rush in Baltimore, a better draft class in Jacksonville, and a Vikings team that will unnecessarily get worse.
Fight fire with fire and fight pettiness with pettiness, so let the voting begin.