Biggest Question Mark: Eugene Monroe
As a rookie left tackle in 2009, Monroe was simply awful. He allowed nine sacks (tied for most among left tackles), eight hits and 26 pressures. The Jaguars never lost faith in him, after all he was just a rookie, but his production was far off the expectations of a top-10 pick. If the Jaguars have any hope of competing in the AFC South this season, Monroe must make major strides in his sophomore season.
Position Battle to Watch: Free Safety
Former 1st-round pick Reggie Nelson is trying to fight off the “bust” label and is fighting for his job as well. Veteran Anthony Smith is entering his first full year with the Jaguars after being picked up last November. He’s a more physical safety than Nelson and should give him a run for his money in training camp.
Impact Rookie: Tyson Alualu
While just about everyone criticized the Alualu pick in April, there’s no question that he’s a good fit in Jacksonville. They reached for him at No. 10, but he’ll be a starter from day one and potentially a very disruptive force. He gives the Jaguars an athletic interior lineman, which they’ve lacked for years, and will give their defensive front seven a brand new look.