Jacksonville Jaguars general manager David Caldwell clearly had a plan heading into the 2014 NFL Draft – fix the offense. In a somewhat shocking move, Caldwell selected University of Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles. Knowing he couldn’t leave his new franchise quarterback out in the cold, Caldwell snatched up wide receivers Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson in the 2nd round. Not content, the general went ahead and traded back into the third round to get presumably his starting right guard in Brandon Linder.
After focusing on the offense in Days 1 and 2, Caldwell will likely shift his focus to defense on Day 3. Here are some of needs Caldwell could be looking to fill on Saturday.
- Defensive end
- Defensive tackle
- Outside linebacker
- Secondary (depth)
Despite spending the first 4 picks of this year’s draft on offense, the team’s most immediate need might still be on that side of the ball. With no clear-cut starter lined up at center, Caldwell might try to find one or two options here in the later rounds.
Conversely, I expect Caldwell to swing on some upside, athletic guys on defense to see if they can find a developmental LEO prospect. Guys like Aaron Lynch of South Florida and Ron Powell of Florida are guys to look out for.
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