Here is a mock offseason for today, entitled… “Rebuilding the Defense,”
Rebuilding the Defense
I’ll start with FA, which will dictate the draft somewhat. The assumption here is that the Jags switch to a 3-4.
- Everyone, Every Position — Put out an APB. Everyone is on the block. The Jags won’t piss off a specific player and can gather new picks for the new GM. This helps broker the clean slate the Khan has been looking for… as for not pissing off a player…
- Maurice Jones-Drew, RB — Trade him or keep him. He can still play, he’s the Jags best offensive player at this point in time. However, its now a passing game and MoJo really doesn’t show the shiftiness he used to have. If the Jags can get a 3rd or 4th, I say pull the trigger, otherwise I’d keep him. He’s still your best runner by far.
- Daryl Smith, LB — He may be getting older, but he’s great. He could be good in any scheme.
- Derek Cox, CB — The Jags best CB needs to be resigned, regardless of injury history. Maybe protect yourself with injury clauses or a backloaded salary contract.
Attempt to Resign
- Rashad Jennings, RB — He showed some promise late in 2011 and had a good 2012 preseason, but then suffered his knee injury and never looked the same afterwards. A reasonable offer should be extended to Jennings, but he isn’t necessary.
- Jalen Parmele, RB — He showed some promise. Give him a training camp contract and let him duke it out.
- Zach Potter, TE — Give him a training camp contract.
- John Estes, C — Training camp contract. He had some buzz last preseason before his placement on IR.
- Brad Meester, C — Training camp contract. His mentorship could be used, even if just in training camp.
- Terrence Knighton, NT — Try to give him a contract, he could be a NT in the 3-4. His offseason was harrowing to say the least. This way he wouldnt have to try and stay skinny!
- Rashean Mathis, CB — A veteran minimum contract could work.
- William Middleton, CB — Market value contract. He’s depth.
- Austin Pasztor, G — Potential is there. A market value contract would be cheap.
- John Chick, DE/OLB — Resign him and try him out at OLB in the 3-4. Great first step, but not sure of his coverage skill.
- Steve Vallos, G — Market contract for training camp.
- Keith Toston, RB — Had a good game in his one start. Another body to fight for running back.
- Greg Jones, FB — I love Greg Jones, but a fullback isn’t necessary in this game. It’s all about H-Backs who can shift consistently. Give me 4-5 H-Backs on the roster to play TE/FB/Whatever.
- Eben Britton, OG/OT — What could have been…
- George Selvie, DE — Doesn’t fit the scheme.
- Brock Bolen, FB — No more pure fullbacks!
- Aaron Ross, CB — Cut him. Please. So terrible this year.
- Kyle Bosworth, LB — Showed me nothing. Let him walk.
- Get a RT. Ryan Clady, Jake Long, Andre Smith, Sebastian Vollmer, Brandon Albert. What do these guys have in common? They are tier 1 OT free agents. The Jaguars need to get one.
- Get a TE. — It doesn’t have to be a starter, but someone who fits the H-Back mold or extremely athletic. Think Delanie Walker or Jared Cook.
- Get a WR. — A mid-tier WR would be nice. Blackmon in the Slot, Shorts at the X or Y and one more. Someone who is a route runner with sure hands would be nice or a big guy who could go up for jump balls. Maybe Louis Murphy, Denario Alexander, Dwayne Bowe.
- Get some rush Backers — Try to get at least 1 rush OLB for the new 3-4. No idea who. Barwin would probably fall well outside of the Jags price range of the other positions are addressed. Kruger of the Ravens could be a name to look out for.
- Address Corner. -- Cox’s health, Mathis’ health and drop off, Ross’ ineptitude. The Jags could use another CB. Mike Harris has been a surprise at Nickel and when healthy Cox is good. Another good CB is necessary. May not be a player worth signing.
- Star Lotulelei, NT, Utah — The Jaguars starting NT.
- Jordan Poyer, CB, OSU — Could be a week 1 starter opposite of Cox.
- Brandon Jenkins, OLB, FSU — A steal in the 3rd, the Jaguars get a good 3-4 OLB that can both cover and rush the passer.
- Jamie Collins, OLB, Southern Miss. — A productive pass rusher in college, the Jaguars could cross train him at each LB position.
- Everett Dawkins, DE, FSU — A DE in a 3-4, Everett can immediately provide DE rotational depth.
- Meshak Williams, OLB, Kansas State — Another productive pass rusher at the OLB position. Can’t have enough of them (see the Steelers D).
- Baker Steinkuhler, DE, Nebraska — A big man that can hold the point. Steinkuhler can also be in the rotation for the D-Line.