Draft Needs: Jacksonville Jaguars

Matt Peterson tracks the offseason needs of every team in the league. Today’s franchise, the Jacksonville Jaguars [full archive here].

Season Recap - The Jaguars had a shot at winning their first division title since 1999, but a week 15 loss to the Indianapolis Colts destroyed any chance. Jacksonville did some things well (3rd in rushing yards) and some things not so well (28th in defense), and the 8-8 record backs their average play in 2010. Jack Del Rio hasn’t led the team to the playoffs since 2007-meaning time is winding down. Hopefully the Jaguars can make some improvements and overtake Indianapolis in 2011.

1. Defensive End
– The Tyson Alualu selection shocked the world last year, but surprisingly paid off. Alualu started all season and made the all-rookie team. Now, Jacksonville needs to add a pass rusher to compliment Alualu. Aaron Campman is coming off an ACL tear, and Derrick Harvey has failed to live up to expectations. Jacksonville can use their first round pick to fill the need. Aldon Smith, Ryan Kerrigan, and Adrian Clayborn are options at #16.

2. Safety – After Reggie Nelson was traded mid-season; there was a hole in the secondary all year. Sean Considine is a free agent leaving an opening at free safety, and Courtney Greene didn’t play well at strong safety. The Jaguars could potentially have two new starters by the start of next season. Eric Weddle would be a beautiful addition to the secondary, and then the Jags could select Deandre McDaniel in the draft to fill the need at strong safety.

3. Quarterback – It’s time to begin looking for a replacement for David Garrard, who recently turned 33. He hasn’t played terribly, but Jacksonville needs a new spark to the offense. Maurice Jones-Drew and Marcedes Lewis are two of the top players at their position, but need a top signal caller to blow up. The Jaguars should select a QB in the second round, and give him a year or two to learn under Garrard.

4. Wide Receiver – Mike Sims-Walker is heading out the door, which leaves Mike Thomas and Jason Hill as the starters. Preferably, the Jaguars would get a #2 receiver and move Jason Hill to the slot. I expect Mike Thomas to have a break out year, and adding another weapon will take attention away from Thomas.

5. Linebacker – Justin Durant and Kirk Morrison are free agents, which leaves Daryl Smith as the only capable starter. Morrison’s play dropped off the last month of the season, and for the first time in his career he failed to record at least 100 tackles. Martez Wilson, who had an impressive combine, could be an option at #16.

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