Quiet need: Safety is a quiet need only in the sense that the Jaguars have more obvious needs to fill above it, but it’s still an area that needs major addressing. Dawan Landry was released, leaving Chris Prosinski, Dwight Lowery, Antwon Blake and Alan Ball as the potential safeties on the roster. Given the depth of the position in this year’s draft, this could be a target area for Jacksonville at the top of the middle rounds.
WHAT WE LIKE: The Jaguars ranked 30th in the league in points per game (15.9), so it’s tough to like anybody too much. Jacksonville, however, has an up-and-coming receiving tandem in Justin Blackmon and Cecil Shorts. Blackmon had 41 catches for 640 yards and four TDs in Jacksonville’s last eight games, including a 236-yard effort against the Texans. Shorts averaged 17.8 yards per catch and scored seven TDs. Both receivers are value picks. Blackmon has WR1 upside, while Shorts is a better-than-he-seems WR3. They will fall, if for no other reason that – unlike the car — nobody wants to own a Jaguar.
Draft history: The Jaguars have used only one first-round pick on a linebacker (Kevin Hardy in 1996, which is also the last time they chose No. 2 overall). Their 19 picks on linebackers ranks third among the position groups.