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Draft Transcripts: Caldwell and Linder

Posted May 9, 2014

Quotes from Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell and G Brandon Linder after the No. 93 overall selection.

GENERAL MANAGER DAVID CALDWELL

(On the possibility of trying to add more picks after these trades) “I think five is good. We really wanted to get some quality and we felt like we did that. We got two receivers that we feel really good about. We feel (Linder) could be a starting guard at some point in time. We feel good about it.”

(On if he ran a zone-blocking scheme at Miami) “Yes, while Jedd (Fisch) was there. Jedd was with him for two years. He had a different offensive coordinator this year, but is very familiar with the terminology, concepts and everything.”

(On his impressive durability) “It’s been great. He’s been very durable in his career and obviously he’s a big boy. We needed some beef up there. We feel good about it.”

(On his 32 reps on bench press at the combine) “That’s about normal, it’s pretty good actually. Anything over 25, that’s a little antiquated. If it’s really low, you wonder why. Do they have a shoulder issue? Do they have something wrong with them, but 32 is good, that’s not an issue. He’s very strong. You can see it on tape.”

(On if he’ll have the opportunity to compete for a starting position) “I think we won’t develop him; we’ll let him compete for a spot.”

(On not adding anything defensively up to this point in the draft) “Well, we added Chris Clemons in free agency. He’s been a perennial 10-plus sack guy every year. On top of that, we have ‘Brancher’ (Andre Branch) going into his third year. Dekoda Watson has good pass-rush skills. We’ve upgraded that. Ziggy Hood inside as a pass-rusher is going to hopefully be an impact with Sen’Derrick Marks in his second year in the system. The cupboard is not bare there.”

(On if expectations have changed based on what’s transpired this offseason) “We’re going to come in Monday and we’re going to continue to get better.”

(On if the remainder of the picks are geared at finding depth at certain positions) “Hopefully we hit on a guy or two that turns in to be a starter. We feel like there’s a good chance that that could happen, too.”

(On the turnover of the special teams unit) “I’ll tell you what, Dekoda Watson is a very good special teams player. Tandon Doss is another guy we added that is a very good special-teamer. The last half of the season, those guys that came in off the waiver wire did a heck of a job in coverage unit.”

GUARD BRANDON LINDER

(On if he saw this pick coming) “No, I did not. I definitely didn’t see it coming.”

(On the benefits of playing two years under Jedd Fisch) “I think that was a huge benefit. He was able to see me day-in and day-out, and what kind of player I was. I went to work every day and put my head down and tried to get better.”

(On the opportunity to compete for a starting role) “I think the only thing you can do right now is to go in and compete and work your tail off.”

(On his pre-draft meeting with the Jaguars) “I just met with them at the Senior Bowl and the Combine, but other than that, nothing else.”

(On what he proved to the Jaguars at the Senior Bowl) “(I proved) that I’m someone that comes to work every day and is a physical player, very accountable and can play multiple positions.”

(On being the fourth-straight offensive player chosen in the draft) “I can’t believe it, I’m so excited. I want to grow with these guys and especially now that I have a quarterback in Blake Bortles coming in there with me, it’s very exciting.”

(On if he is familiar with Blake Bortles at all) “I’m not.”

(On his pride in his durability) “I take tremendous pride in that. I come to work every day and I’m just the same guy that can play through injury and is always tough. I pride myself in that.”

(On playing some right tackle) “I started three games this year at right tackle. I played about seven games at tackle, starting at right guard, just switching on-and-off.”

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