"I had no idea we were going to draft Blaine Gabbert. No idea," Del Rio said Tuesday, via ESPN Jacksonville 690. "In fact, I left to go get something to eat because our pick wasn't for much longer in the draft. I'm sitting there filling my plate thinking, 'Oh great, we've got a couple more hours until we pick.' Then, I look up and see 'The Jaguars are on the clock.' I'm like 'What the blank is going on?'"
You read that correctly. Former Jaguars general manager Gene Smith made the move without giving his head coach any indication.
Had the move for Gabbert worked, this might've been a funnier story. But the Missouri product lasted just three seasons in Jacksonville, throwing 22 touchdowns and 24 interceptions in 28 games.
Del Rio claimed he saw these struggles coming for Gabbert.
"My son and I had ranked all the quarterbacks and we liked Blaine," Del Rio said. "We liked him, but he was in the Nick Foles range (2012 third-round pick) -- like third or fourth round. He wasn't a first rounder, he wasn't a guy to trade and go up to get him. So that was not part of coaching, that was not part of me. That was my first indication that my time there was running short."
Later in the interview, Del Rio hinted he could write a tell-all book about his time in Jacksonville. So if you're clamoring for more stories like this, you could be in luck.