Jaguars Draft Needs

Jacksonville's top team needs entering the NFL Draft.

DE: The Jaguars thought they would find a defensive end in free agency but it never happened. With the departure of Bobby McCray, Paul Spicer about to turn 33 and the health status of Reggie Hayward in doubt, this is the team's most pressing need. They will hope to pick up a quality defensive end with their first-round pick and land at least one more in later rounds.

DT: You never want to think a team would start rookies side-by-side on the defensive line, but if the Jaguars get two good ones at end and tackle, they might be forced to give it a whirl. Both of the current starting tackles will be in their 30s by the end of the season and the team wants to have someone ready to step in soon. Derek Landri had a nice rookie season, but there isn't enough depth behind him.

S/CB: The Jaguars are willing to take a quality player at either position because they have Brian Williams. He could start at either safety or cornerback depending what the team does in the draft. Bringing in Drayton Florence at cornerback strengthened that spot, but losing Sammy Knight and the uncertainty of returning safety Gerald Sensabaugh, who missed all but two games last year, leaves too many question marks in the secondary for the Jaguars not to invest in a quality defender.

OL: Even though all five starters return, left tackle Khalif Barnes is in the final year of his contract. Barnes' best season might have been his rookie year. He's had two off-the-field issues involving alcohol and the team may be losing patience with him.

RB: The team has two quality backs in Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew, but Taylor is 32 and Jones-Drew has yet to show he can be the featured back. The team would like to bring in someone and start grooming them as a 1-2 punch with Jones-Drew for the future. This won't likely be a high pick unless there is someone to good to pass up.

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