Jaguars Draft Blog- Offense

Although it's difficult to tell how highly the Jaguars have prospects ranked because just a few key members of their staff have access to their draft board, we know who they're looking at. Based on their appearances and visits, you can tell a few things about each position. Find out what we've learned about the Jaguars draft interests and how they feel about the players on their current roster.

Quarterbacks



The Jaguars have looked at just about every quarterback available in the draft from Cam Newton on down to Josh Portis. Their interest in guys such as Newton, Jake Locker and Christian Ponder clearly shows that they won't be afraid to jockey for position in the first round and take a signal caller if the opportunity presents itself.

What does this tell us? It's not likely that they will trade up as the only elite quarterback prospect they've met with is Cam Newton. If Newton falls he will be a possibility, but it doesn't appear as if they'll go up to get him. Looking so firmly at quarterbacks that will be taken in the first two rounds basically states that they aren't happy with the current play at the position, namely David Garrard.

Running Backs



Despite having about as good of a one-two punch as the league offers in Maurice Jones-Drew and Rashad Jennings, the Jaguars have looked at some running backs. Guys like Oklahoma running back DeMarco Murray, Oklahoma State' back Kendall Hunter and Kentucky running back Derrick Locke have all been on the Jaguars radar.

What does this tell us? Jacksonville appears to be less than thrilled by what they saw in Deji Karim and may look to fill the spot of third-down back to save Maurice Jones-Drew some wear and tear.

Tight Ends



For the first time in franchise history, the Jaguars had a Pro Bowl tight end in Marcedes Lewis. Still, Jacksonville has shown great interest in a few middle to late round tight ends such as Portland State's Julius Thomas and Penn State's Brett Brackett.

What does this tell us? The Jaguars are covering their bases in case they can't get a long-term deal done with Marcedes Lewis. What's more likely is that the team could be growing weary of Zach Miller's injury troubles and would like someone they can count on a little more often.

Offensive Tackles



Just two years removed from spending their first and second round picks on offensive tackles, one would think the Jaguars would only be looking for late-round depth guys- yes and no. Guys such as Will Rackley and Willie Smith would serve as later-round depth type of players, but the Jaguars have shown some great interest in Mississippi State's Derek Sherrod.

What does this tell us? It's always good to draft big guys and have depth on the line. The look at Sherrod tells us that perhaps Jacksonville isn't overly enamored with what they've seen from Eben Britton, who struggled mightily at the beginning of last season until he went down for the season with a shoulder injury.

Interior Linemen



Brad Meester is the longest tenured Jaguar and Vince Manuwai is getting a little long in the tooth as well. The Jaguars need to add some talented youth to their offensive line and they've looked at elite prospects such as Mike Pouncey, Danny Watkins and Rodney Hudson. Later round guys such as Will Rackley and Orlando Franklin have also caught their eyes.

What does this tell us? It would appear as if the Jaguars wouldn't be afraid to use a second-round pick or possibly even an earlier selection on an interior lineman. Obviously if they were to select a lineman that early, he would be a starter and Brad Meester and Vince Manuwai would be battling for their jobs.

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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