What's On The Jacksonville Jaguars Shopping List For Black Friday?

What do the Jaguars need to take the next step toward being a contender?

Black Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year.  Since the Jaguars can't make any transactions of legitimate impact today, we'll look at where they need to get better in the offseason.  

Defensive end/edge rusher

The Jaguars will get a "bonus first-round pick" next year as Dante Fowler, Jr. will be back from his torn ACL, but the team still needs more help.  Unless Jacksonville loses out, they will not be in position to get one of the elite pass rushers in the 2016 NFL Draft. 

Safety

The Jaguars desperately need help at safety.  Although Jonathan Cyprien has strung together a pair of pretty good games, he still hasn't lived up to expectations.  Unfortunately for Jacksonville, Cyprien is the team's best safety and it isn't close.  There's a glaring hole opposite Cyp and the team is hoping that James Sample can fill it, but they can still use another safety that's better in coverage. 

Cornerback

Free agent signee Davon House has been the team's best, and Aaron Colvin is serviceable but in today's NFL you need more than two cornerbacks. Dwayne Gratz has been awful this season and he can't get any more reps going forward. Perhaps Vernon Hargreaves of Florida would be a nice fit in the first round?  

Offensive line

Left tackle Luke Joeckel hasn't come close to living up to his draft status and left guard Zane Beadles has had the worst year of his career.  The team will get Brandon Linder back next year, and possibly A.J. Cann will be able to flip over to the left side, but the team will still need more depth on the line, where most teams will suffer injuries.  It will be difficult to get a starting caliber left tackle without using a very high draft pick, and it's not likely that there will be anyone better than Joeckel in free agency.  

Linebacker

Paul Posluszny has had a bounce-back season, but at 31 years old, his best days are likely behind him.  Telvin Smith is a fixture on the outside, and Dan Skuta has been solid, but unspectacular.  Even if all three players return for 2016, the team needs more depth at linebacker and that could be found in the middle rounds of the draft.  


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