Priority Number One- Re-Sign Mincey
Jaguars defensive end Jeremy Mincey was a force in the 2011 season as he tallied eight sacks and was the team's most consistent pass rusher. At 28, Mincey still has some good years left and is as hard of a worker as anyone on the team. As he enters free agency, Mincey will receive a nice pay raise from the $640,000 he received in 2011.
Priority Number Two- Wide Receiver Upgrades
The Jaguars wide receivers were historically bad in 2011, as Mike Thomas was their most consistent target following his contract extension. Although Thomas was expected to lead the team, he regressed significantly in 2011 and likely wouldn't make most rosters. With several free agent options including Steve Johnson, DeSean Jackson, Dwayne Bowe, Harry Douglas and Pierre Garcon, the Jaguars should be able to upgrade the position.
Priority Number Three- Get Better in the Secondary
With Rashean Mathis tearing up his knee late in the season, the Jaguars will likely move in a different direction at cornerback for 2012. With Derek Cox penciled in as a solid starter, the team will need to find a young compliment, likely in the draft. Where Jacksonville will be selecting in the first round, Alabama cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick makes a lot of sense. Cortland Finnegan, Brent Grimes and Brandon Carr are free agents that also make sense.
Priority Number Four- Find a Right Tackle
When Eben Britton was healthy, he wasn't a very good right tackle. In fact, the team moved him to guard this season in the hopes that he would excel there and it didn't happen. If Blaine Gabbert is going to have a solid chance to succeed the team simply has to do better than Guy Whimper as a starting tackle. The team will likely address the need in free agency or at the very least bring someone in to compete with Britton. Options could include Jared Gaither, Max Starks, Trai Essex, Levi Brown and Kareem McKenzie.
Priority Number Five- More Pass Rushers
You simply can't have enough guys that can get the opponents quarterback and you can use the New York Giants as proof of that. The Jaguars will likely be parting ways with Aaron Kampman and it's doubtful that Austen Lane will develop into much of a player. If the team can find a stud pass rusher to play opposite Jeremy Mincey, the sixth-ranked defense in the league could be one of the very best. Potential pass rushers include Mario Williams, Cliff Avril, Robert Mathis and Kroy Biermann.
Charlie Bernstein is the NFL Insider for ESPNFlorida.com and ESPN 1080 and 1040 in Orlando/Tampa and Editor-in-Chief of Sports Media Interactive, covering 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