Every single team in the NFL from the Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers to the lowly Carolina Panthers has numerous questions plaguing their roster entering what we hope to be a 2011 season. Those questions will try to be addressed in the draft as general managers will try to maximize value and address need. Our next team is the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Jaguars completed a very up and down 2010 season as they had an opportunity to clinch a division title one week, but ended up losing their final three games to finish the season at 8-8. The December collapse was Jacksonville's third in four years and they desperately need a change of culture.
How many picks do the Jaguars have? 7
Which picks? 1.16, 2.17, 3.16, 4.17, 4.24 (from NO), 5.16, 6.17
Top 3 team needs: safety, quarterback, pass rush
Although Jacksonville's safety play was atrocious last season it's easy to argue that their biggest need for this draft is quarterback. Jacksonville hasn't selected a quarterback in any round since 2003 (Byron Leftwich) and they have no young answer at the position. That's fine if you have a legitimate starter, but at this point David Garrard is what he is....and that's a .500 quarterback who collapses down the stretch.
Jacksonville should go with one of the second-tier quarterbacks in the first round even if it means reaching with the selection. Christian Ponder seems to be the most likely fit, but don't count out Jake Locker who's had a great offseason and Colin Kaepernick.
What other way can they go?
Jacksonville's defense has underperformed so a defensive end such as California's Cameron Jordan or Missouri's Aldon Smith could be excellent fits. Clemson's Da'Quan Bowers could also fall to the Jaguars if teams are nervous about his knee. Bowers would be an excellent value at pick #16 if his knee checks out.
Which players have they been showing legitimate interest in?
According to Jeremy Heneghan of 85percentsports.com, the Jaguars have attended the following Pro Days: Alabama, Arizona, Auburn, Boise St., Chattanooga, Coastal Carolina, Delaware, FAU, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Miami (FL), Missouri, Missouri St., Nevada, Pittsburgh, Portland State, S. Dakota St., Tennessee St., Texas, TCU, UCF, UCLA, USF, Virginia Tech, Washington, Wisconsin and Wofford.
They've shown interest in the following players:
Jake Locker QB, Washington
Ryan Mallett QB, Arkansas
Cam Newton QB, Auburn
Tyrod Taylor QB, Virginia Tech
Josh Portis QB, California (PA)
Dwayne Harris WR, East Carolina
Lester Jean WR, FAU
Leonard Hankerson WR, Miami (FL)
Julius Thomas TE, Portland State
Brett Brackett TE, Penn State
Derek Sherrod OT, Mississippi State
Willie Smith OT, East Carolina
Will Rackley OG, Lehigh
Mike Pouncey OG, Florida
Orlando Franklin OG, Miami (FL)
Da'Quan Bowers DE, Clemson
Ryan Kerrigan DE, Purdue
Brooks Reed DE/OLB, Arizona
Ricky Elmore DE, Arizona
Marc Schiechl DE/OLB, Colorado School of Mines
Nick Fairley DT, Auburn
Corbin Bryant DT, Northwestern
Chris Carter OLB, Fresno State
Ross Homan OLB, Ohio State
Keith Darbut LB, Baldwin-Wallace
Casey Matthews LB, Oregon
Lawrence Wilson OLB, Connecticut
Larry Dean LB, Valdosta State
Ryan Jones CB, Northwest Missouri State
Buster Skrine CB, Chattanooga
Korey Lindsey-Woods CB, Southern Illinois
TJ Heath DB, Jacksonville State
Tommy Irvin S, Wofford
Jeron Johnson S, Boise State
Marcus Gilchrist FS, Clemson
Collin Zych S, Harvard
Charlie Bernstein is the host of "The Conundrum" on the Aquarius 7 Broadcasting Network (national), and Editor-in-Chief of Sports Media Interactive, covering multiple teams in the National Football League, NCAA, and National Basketball Association. Charlie covers the Jacksonville Jaguars for FoxSports and has been featured on the NFL Network and Sirius NFL Radio. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. You can follow Charlie on Twitter @nflcharlie
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