With the 2014 NFL Draft in our rearview mirror, it’s time to look ahead and see what the Jacksonville Jaguars’ roster might look like come week 1 of the regular season. With 9 draft picks and several free-agent acquisitions this offseason, the active roster in 2014 will likely look very different from what we saw in 2013.
Today we turn our attention to one of the most important positions on the field – offensive tackle.
The Jacksonville Jaguars thought they had the offensive tackle position set for years to come when they selected Eugene Monroe and Eben Britton in the 1st and 2nd rounds of the 2009 NFL draft, but both players are no longer on the team after 5 years. While Eugene Monroe played fairly well for most of his time in Jacksonville, Britton never proved his worth at right tackle and had to move inside to guard before being released. General Manager David Caldwell made Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel his first selection in the 2013 draft and the end of Monroe’s tenure looked to be coming soon. Here’s how the offensive tackle rotation looked in 2013.
Cameron Bradfield played the most snaps of any tackle by default. After dealing Eugene Monroe to the Baltimore Ravens, Bradfield was forced into the starting left tackle spot when Joeckel suffered a season-ending injury in his first quarter of play on the left side. Austin Pasztor filled in at right tackle when Joeckel moved over, and he showed a lot of promise as a potential long-term solution on the offensive line.
With Luke Joeckel coming back from injury, here’s how the offensive tackle group will look in 2014.
|1||Luke Joeckel||Left Tackle|
|2||Austin Pasztor||Right Tackle|
|3||Cameron Bradfield||Swing Tackle|
|4||Josh Wells||Swing Tackle|
Joeckel and Pasztor should get the starting nods at left and right tackle, and right now the tandem could be one of the strongest on the roster. Cameron Bradfield probably isn’t a starting caliber player, but he has a lot of value as a swing tackle in case one of the starters gets injured. Josh Wells is an intriguing prospect and has a chance to crack the rotation behind Bradfield. Wells was a quarterback in high school and only played offensive line his last 3 seasons in college at James Madison.