And losing Marcus Stroud to the Bills also creates a void next to John Henderson. Rob Meier can step in for Stroud, but that leaves little depth behind the two starters. Meier is valuable because he can go at both end and tackle.
That's what the Jaguars will be looking for. They would prefer a quick, hard-charging end that can apply pressure on the quarterback, something that the defense sorely missed last year. With unreliable Jimmy Kennedy the only free agent acquisition at defensive tackle, someone must be groomed to fill that need as well. A combination end-tackle would kill two birds with one stone, but unless the Jaguars trade up in the draft, that isn't likely to happen.
With part-time starter Bobby McCray leaving for a big contract with the Saints and Stroud being dealt to the Bills in the last week, it's turned what was a team strength as recently as two years ago into a growing area of concern. The top defensive ends figure to be long gone by the time the Jaguars get to their pick, meaning they may have to package some of their extra picks, like the third rounder and/or the fifth pick, in order to move into the top dozen picks to secure a prize defensive end catch.
The Jaguars picked up two veteran wide receivers, landed a pair of backup quarterbacks and also strengthened themselves in the secondary by signing cornerback Drayton Florence. That leaves the most significant need along the D-line at both end and tackle. Figure the Jaguars will look to fill those needs with two of their first three choices going that route.
Jaguars Potential Pick: Derrick Harvey
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