Draft Preview - Jacksonville Jaguars

There are many areas to address in the draft for the Jacksonville Jaguars. They have to go defense and find a pass rusher first... right?

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Jacksonville Jaguars
2013 draft picks:
1st round (2), 2(33), 3(64), 4(98), 5(135), 6(169), 7 (208)

It's a mess in Jacksonville and the Jaguars hired Gus Bradley to clean things up and put this franchise on the right path. The Jags have issues at multiple positions starting with their young quarterback who they invested a first round pick with in Blaine Gabbert.

The defense is looking for players and pass rushers. The Jags have struggled of late in getting pressure on the quarterback and they need help in the back end.

Jacksonville is hoping they signed some players in free agency that can provide depth and play their role in helping revive their roster. Running back Justin Forsett, wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi, defensive tackles Sen'Derrick Marks, Roy Miller and outside linebacker Geno Hayes are all experienced veterans.

Meanwhile, the draft looms ahead and Jacksonville is in position to score big. The question is what directions do they go early with their first few picks?

Draft Needs
1) Quarterback
Two years removed from being the Jags first pick in 2011 Blaine Gabbert's days as their starter are in question. Many feel they should draft Geno Smith with their first pick, which is second overall. Then again, they could address another need with this pick and grab the top rated signal caller on their board with the 33rd overall selection. Then again, they could trade out and down in the first round to try and obtain more picks in the draft. Jacksonville will have so many options. Regardless, the Jags have to address the quarterback position and bring in someone they feel can lead this team. You can't move forward as a team and franchise with your starting quarterback playing as poorly as Gabbert has been playing.

2) Defensive End
This could be the direction for Bradley and company with their first pick. Two prospects come to mind in Dion Jordan and Barkevious Mingo. Both players are extraordinary athletes that could play the ‘LEO' position in Bradley's defense. They can rush the passer, play in space and drop in coverage. They are long, athletic, fast and quick. Most have Jordan rated higher. But remember he's coming off a torn labrum and surgery. Mingo's not. People knock Mingo's numbers at LSU but folks need to remember that like Jordan at Oregon, Mingo was asked to do a lot of other things for the Tiger defense in Baton Rouge other than rushing the quarterback.

Another possibility is Ezekiel Ansah from BYU. He's more of your prototype defensive end. Like Jordan and Mingo, he's long and athletic but raw.

This is the likely position they address first. Remember, Jacksonville had a league low 20 sacks in 16 games last season.

3) Cornerback
Dee Milliner will be sitting there on the board when the Jags are first up and it will be awful tempting for Jacksonville to select him. But just how good can he be with no pass rush. While it's plausible they draft him it makes more sense to go the cornerback route later in the draft. It's a good, deep year and they can find some quality players in rounds two through four.

4) Offensive Line
The Jaguars will have an opportunity to grab Luke Joeckel or Eric Fisher, assuming Kansas City picks one of them first. Either one would make a great match to their current starting left tackle Eugene Monroe. What better way to enhance your quarterback play then to have two bookend tackles rather than one. Jacksonville also needs to address their interior and draft a center and guard, at least for depth purposes.

Key Acquistitions
Justin Forsett (RB)
Mohamed Massaquoi (WR)
Sen'Derrick Marks (DT)
Roy Miller (DT)
Geno Hayes (OLB)

No Longer With The Team
John Parker Wilson (QB)
Rashad Jennings (RB)
Laurent Robinson (WR)
Greg Jones (FB)
Guy Whimper (OT)
George Selvie (DE)
Terrance Knighton (DT
) C.J. Mosley (DT)
Dawan Landry (S)
Alan Ball (CB)
Derek Cox (CB)
Aaron Ross (CB)
Brandon King (CB)

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