Pre-Draft Team Needs: Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jacksonville Jaguars are coming off of a solid season in 2007 in which they had a good road victory in the playoffs against the Pittsburgh Steelers before losing the next week to the New England Patriots. We're taking a look at what they need to get accomplished in the draft in order to take the next step in their development.

Players Added

Cleo Lemon/QB - He did a decent job for the Miami Dolphins last season and will take over the No. 2 role with Jacksonville.

Jerry Porter/WR - He's finally out of Oakland which is what he's wanted for many seasons. Porter is immensely talented but many question his desire to get the best out of his ability from week to week.

Troy Williamson/WR - He's reunited with his former head coach, Mike Tice. Williamson gives the team a true deep threat the position but actually catching the ball remains a problem for the former first-round pick.

Jimmy Kennedy/DT - The former first round bust actually had a right of first refusal put into his contract with the Chicago Bears last season which made him a restricted free agent. Of course Chicago didn't match Jacksonville's offersheet.

Drayton Florence/CB - Despite losing his starting job last season to Antonio Cromartie, Florence got a nice free agent deal with the Jaguars. The hope here is that he'll be no worse than their nickel back and that he can push Brian Williams for playing time.

Players Lost

Quinn Gray/QB - Cleo Lemon will take over the No. 2 role.

LaBrandon Toefield/RB - The Carolina Panthers believe he's a good fit for their power running game.

Ernest Wilford/WR - He got a decent free agent deal with the Miami Dolphins despite underachieving the past few seasons.

Chris Naeole/G - The team surprisingly cut Naeole and decided to re-sign Maurice Williams who is expected to replace him as the starting RG.

Stockar McDougle/OL - The former first-round pick should be able to find work as a backup.

Marcus Stroud/DT - The oft-injured but talented defensive tackle was traded to the Buffalo Bills.

Grady Jackson/DT - The mammoth interior defensive lineman, who looked to be approaching 400 pounds last season (we're not joking), remains unsigned. But he actually played well in the snaps he got.

Bobby McCray/DE - He got a decent free agent deal with the New Orleans Saints who will use him as their third end.

Shantee Orr/LB - He hardly played for Jacksonville last season and it's believed he wasn't offered a contract. However, he'll be used in a situational pass rushing role this season with the Cleveland Browns who signed him to a one-year deal.

Aaron Glenn/CB - He found a new home with the New Orleans Saints who will use him in dime situations.

Terry Cousin/CB - The journeyman defensive back should be able to find work as a dime back before training camps start.

Lamont Thompson/S - He was only with Jacksonville a short time last season and was recently released.

Sammy Knight/S - He was able to revive his career last season with Jacksonville but they chose not to re-sign him. He's latest stop is with the New York Giants.

Pre-Draft Team Needs

Defensive End - It's not a secret that this is their biggest need coming into draft weekend. The problem is Jacksonville picks 26th overall in the first round so it may be difficult to find a high-end pass rusher save a trade for a veteran.

Defensive Tackle - With the departure of Marcus Stroud in a trade with the Buffalo Bills, there's a huge void at one of the defensive tackle spots. The team is high on second-year DT Derek Landri but he's seen more as a rotational player rather than a starter.

Left Tackle - Starter Khalif Barnes is on the final year of his contract and there haven't been any strong indications that an extension is on the horizon. With that said, if Barnes isn't seen as the future at the position, the team needs to address this position now.

Strong Safety
- Projected starter Gerald Sensabaugh has only started 11 games in three seasons and he missed most of last season due to a shoulder injury. Some personnel evaluators believe the team could use an upgrade at the position.


Other Issues to Address

Running Back Depth

Offensive Line Depth

Linebacker Depth


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