Jan 20, 2013; Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots tackle Sebastian Vollmer (76) sits on the bench during the fourth quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Sebastian Vollmer Signs With Pats, Jags Looking To Draft For RT?

The Jacksonville Jaguars are extremely thin at right tackle along the offensive line.  It doesn’t matter how many Cameron Bradfields the team can throw at the position because players like Bradfield are outmatched.  There has been a nice market for right tackles in free agency this offseason but with Gosder Cherilus and, now, Sebastian Vollmer leaving the market (4-years, re-signing with the New England Patriots), it’s starting to look like the “value” right tackles won’t be available for the Jags.

Vollmer would have gone a long way to helping the Jaguars in their rebuild at pretty much every position, but with his signing it looks like the Jags will be turning to the draft.  There are some really good offensive tackles coming out in this year’s draft class and the Jaguars should be able to find someone in the first four rounds who can start over Bradfield this season.

Free agency is inching toward a drawn-out finish and the Jaguars, who promised they wouldn’t be big spenders, are likely turning their attention elsewhere.  For those of us that were hoping the offensive line would be strengthened in free agency, it looks like we’ll have to wait just a little bit longer.

- Luke N. Sims

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  • http://twitter.com/ShawnClement1 Shawn Clement

    Well, with everyone yelling at me about my opinion of drafting linemen early it appears that IF the Jaguars have similar value beliefs as most mock draft niks and fans that it won’t be addressed until the end of the draft. According to most: draft value (Even an Average value pick is better than a good pick at a lesser valued position), QB, LT, DE, CB, WR, followed by S, DT, HB, MLB, OLB, TE, and then the bottom feeders of RT, OG, OC, and FB. With the team needing QB, DE, DT, CB (2), and S it looks acceptable to rebuild Guard and Right Tackle with another installment of Undrafted Rookies. Regardless if this is probably the best Offensive Line draft In years.

    • Terry O’Brien


    • LukeNSims

      It all depends on if there are quality players at those “less valued” positions. Here is a short rundown of first round guard picks we did a while back: http://blackandteal.com/2013/02/28/nfl-draft-1st-round-guard-picks-a-history/

      The Jags, operating as a needs-based drafting team, will likely fill holes that they think can be best addressed. RT is a major hole, so if they feel like it’s more important than getting a third QB, then they will fill it. I don’t think that Caldwell is going to act like most draftniks expect. Also, just out of curiosity, who’s yelling at you about drafting linemen early?