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Jags Reportedly Zero in on 2028 #1 Pick
By Rich Taylor
JACKSONVILLE - Sources close to the Jacksonville Jaguars report that the team’s front office has landed on dynamic straight-A seventh-grader Quincy Bingel as their choice for the number one pick in the NFL’s 2028 Draft.
This news follows earlier reports of Jaguar top pick planning for the 2021-2027 Drafts.
“You have to tip your hand to the Jags,” said ESPN football reporter Adam Schefter into one of his five active iPhones. “They have shown remarkable consistency in finishing dead last and landing that sought-after top pick. And, recognizing that proven track record, it only makes sense to identify talent far along the pipeline.”
The 13-year-old Bingel lives in Dayton, Ohio, and currently plays wide receiver, placekicker, punter, and defensive back for Wilbur Wright Middle School. He is also on the yearbook staff and a crossing guard.
Bingel is zoned to attend Chaminade Julienne High School and reportedly hopes to be an Ohio State Buckeye for two years after that before turning professional or becoming an astronaut, stuntman, or video game influencer if football doesn’t work out.
“I’m not supposed to talk to strangers,” said Bingel when reached for comment via his Instagram DMs. “But that sure sounds cool. I’ve never been to Florida. Is Jacksonville near Harry Potter World?”
Jags General Manager Trent Baalke declined to comment specifically on Bingel but did acknowledge a new focus on long-term forecast analytics.
“In 2028 Commissioner Eric Trump, or whomever, will step to the dais, start the NFL Draft and announce that the Jacksonville Jaguars are on the clock,” said Baalke via telephone from a Chuck E Cheese Whack-A-Mole game where he was seen evaluating a future prospect’s hand-eye coordination.
“When our moment comes, we want to be 100% sure of that pick, even more, sure than the number ones we anticipate selecting over the next six years,” Baalke said. “So, we are already looking at all of the intangibles: Where does he sit in homeroom? Does he do his chores? In school productions, is he a lead or just part of the chorus?”
Jags owner Shad Khan, while not confirming reports of Bingel being atop their ’28 draft board did seem to acknowledge that wide receiver is an area of future focus for the club.
“I’m excited about the direction of this franchise. By 2028 we likely will have worked thru a few more head coaches, so odds are we will get better at filling that spot,” Khan said. “And I’ve made no secret among my staff that I view Antonio Brown as a promising receivers coach once he has exhausted all of his NFL options.”
Baalke also believes that a near-decade of number-one draft picks will make the Jaguars appealing to potential free agents.
“Who wouldn’t want to be a part of an offense with four Heisman Trophy-winning QBs?” he said. “The stockpiling of once-promising talent coupled with this city’s unrivaled Hooters Restaurants per capita will attract the league’s elite players and make the Jaguars THE team to beat in the 2030s.”
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