Matt Peterson tracks the offseason needs of every team in the league. Today’s franchise, the Jacksonville Jaguars [full archive here].
Season Recap: After trading up and selecting QB Blaine Gabbert in last year’s draft, the Jaguars had a bit of hope for the future, but Gabbert struggled mightily in his rookie season. The defense played well, but the offense simply couldn’t do enough to win many football games. New Head Coach Mike Mularkey- It’s time to get Gabbert some weapons!
1. Wide Receiver: Blaine Gabbert spent his rookie year throwing to you and me. There were not many players capable of catching the ball. Jacksonville took a good first step by signing former Cowboy Laurent Robinson (who had a tremendous 2011 season) but the moves should not stop there. Justin Blackmon or Michael Floyd will likely be available at pick #7. There have been talks of the Jaguars looking to trade down, in which case Stephen Hill, Kendall Wright, and Reuben Randle are options.
2. Defensive End: Jeremy Mincey had a solid season with 8 sacks, but there is no threat across from him. Melvin Ingram, Chandler Jones, or Fletcher Cox could be enticing options in round one.
3. Cornerback: Cornerbacks are becoming more of a premium in the new pass-happy league. Having an elite cornerback allows a defense to have enormous amounts of flexibility with coverage’s and one-on-one matchups. Stephen Gilmore is a very athletic corner and would fit in nicely with the Jaguars in a division that feature Andre Johnson, Reggie Wayne, and Kenny Britt.