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Garrard Discusses Lockout and NFL Draft

10:55 AM, Apr 19, 2011   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- During a Tuesday morning visit to the First Coast News studios, David Garrard answered a few questions about how the NFL Lockout is affecting the players' preparations for this season and about the possibility that the Jaguars might select a quarterback in next week's NFL Draft.

Garrard is among a group of team leaders that are organizing workouts for the players that will take place at a private location beginning this Wednesday.  Because of the NFL lockout, the players are not allowed to lift weights, work on conditioning, or take part in other football-related activites at EverBank Field.

David expects that "75 percent" of the team will be regular participants in these player-organized workouts while "10 or 15 guys" will be in and out for various reasons.

As for next week's NFL Draft, there is wide-spread speculation that as many as eight quarterbacks could be selected in the first two rounds.  Garrard turned 33 years old this past February, so some believe that the Jaguars might select a quarterback to groom for the future.  The team has only drafted four quarterbacks (Rob Johnson in 1995, Jonathan Quinn in 1998, Garrard in 2002, and Byron Leftwich in 2003) in the 16-year history of the franchise.

"If they select a quarterback or someone on defense, it doesn't matter to me," said Garrard.  "I'm gonna go out, compete, and work my tail off to be the best player possible to give this team a chance to win a championship."

The main purpose of Garrard's visit to First Coast News was to promote an upcoming walk to benefit the Chron's and Colitis Foundation of America.  This event will take place at 5:00 p.m. at the Jacksonville Landing on Sunday, May 1st.  For more information on this event, visit: or

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