Expect A Defensive Draft

Despite having no long-term solution at quarterback, the Jaguars most pressing needs are on the defensive side of the football. Will they draft for need or use the best player available approach?

The key to the draft for the Jaguars is improving their defense.

The Jaguars ranked 28th in defense in 2010 and that was the major reason why they failed to have a winning season for the third year in a row as they finished 8-8.

They were the worst in the league in yards allowed per play and net passing yards allowed per play and 27th in points allowed per game.

Now, coach Jack Del Rio is facing a win or else ultimatum from owner Wayne Weaver, who said the team will have a new coach in 2012 if it doesn't make the playoffs this season.

If Del Rio is to do that, he's got to improve the defense.

Although general manager Gene Smith stresses drafting the best available athlete, it will be no surprise if he stresses defense in this draft.

Except at defensive tackle where Tyson Alualu and Terrence Knighton are the anchors of their 4-3 defense, they can use help virtually everywhere.

Their secondary needs to be rebuilt and they only have one proven linebacker in Daryl Smith.

Another priority will be to find a quarterback of the future. David Garrard will remain the quarterback this year, but he's not an elite quarterback and he's 33.

The Jaguars haven't drafted a quarterback since they took Byron Leftwich in 2003 and their backup is journeyman Luke McCown, who is not a long-term answer.

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