To the surprise of no one the Jaguars are planning to release future Hall-of-Famer Torry Holt on Monday.
The loss of Holt creates a opening at receiver for the Jaguars – a position which, surprisingly, was a strength in 2009. Holt and Mike Sims-Walker were one of the more effective duos on the league and helped the Jaguars make a brief push for the playoffs.
Mike Thomas, who started four games as a rookie in 2009, is a candidate to replace Holt in the starting lineup. However, Thomas is only 5’8″ and won’t be able to fully fill the shoes Holt leaves behind. Troy Williamson and Jarett Dillard, both of whom are coming off injuries, should also be in the mix.
While the Jaguars could fill the hole from within, its a position worth considering in the draft. There’s a strong possibility that Dez Bryant will be on the board at No. 11, which would pose an interesting dilemma for the Jags.
The consensus opinion right now is that the Jaguars need to address the defensive line in the draft. They ranked dead-last in the NFL in sacks this past season, and upgrading their pass rush is a must this offseason. However, starting defensive ends Derrick Harvey and Quentin Groves just completed their second year in the league. Is it too early to give up on them?
While adding a defensive lineman such as Derrick Morgan, Brandon Graham or Carlos Dunlap may make sense, its possible that the Jaguars would prefer to give Harvey and Groves another chance rather than spend another high pick on the position. At this point, their attention could simply turn to the best available player which could very well be Dez Bryant.