Jacksonville Jaguars 2017 Team Needs
The Jaguars have, in recent years, solved their talent problem with a number of high draft choices. The team must hope that they solved their gameday problems by replacing their coaching staff. With impact players at receiver, defensive line, cornerback, and linebacker the Jaguars need to get quarterback Blake Bortles back on track and better than ever. THis team is too talented to continue to pick in the top five.
Primary Needs: TE, RB, DT
Secondary Needs: CB, DE,OG
Free Agency Strategy: The Jaguars have $63 million in cap space and several free agents that they should consider resigning. Arbry Jones and Tyson Aluala have both been solid defenders for the team. Each would be a no brainer for a reasonable price. Luke Joeckel has played his last game with the team as has Prince Amukamara in all likelihood. After swapping Julius Thomas for left tackle Branden Albert the team could use its money to sign a top level guard like TJ Lang allowing them to focus on other positions in the draft. The team should focus on both lines in free agency, as the draft class is weak in the trenches, and the Jaguars must become more capable of controlling the line of scrimmage. The Jaguars are expected to resign Arbry Jones before he becomes a free agent
Draft Strategy: Assuming the needs along the line are met Leonard Fournette and Dalvin Cook will both be given a long look by the Jaguars. Either would offer the team a ground game capable of taking some heat off of Blake Bortles. The team could look to trade back into the first round for a shot at OJ Howard, or stay put and select a solid prospect in the second round like Evan Engram or Gerald Everett. Dan Freney is the highest rated guard and should be around when the Jags select in the second round. Caleb Brantley would be an intriguing option at defensive tackle in round 2. In round three the Jaguars should be able to add either a cornerback or tight end if those needs are still there.