The Jacksonville Jaguars enter the 2017 offseason with a good amount of young talent on the roster, an upgraded front office and staff, the number 4 pick in the draft, and a lot of money to spend.
This is the year that the Jacksonville Jaguars need to take the next step and start winning. This is one possible dream scenario that would be an A+ offseason.
1. Draft Jamal Adams
Elite safeties are hard to come by these days. Teams are looking for players to be the centerfielder of the defense, stop any deep passes, but also come up and stop the run as well. Jamal Adams can do it all. Adams has the perfect combination of size, speed, and strength to become a premier safety in the league. The last time a safety was taken in the top 10 picks was 4 years ago, but this year that could change with Jamal Adams. Picks in the top 5 are supposed to be franchise-altering, generational talents and I believe that Jamal Adams can come in and be one of the best in the league. Why pay Jonathan Cyprien a long term deal when you can upgrade the position for a younger player on a rookie deal?
2. Trade up to end of first round and draft Forrest Lamp
Forrest Lamp, Offensive lineman from Western Kentucky is one of many players who’s draft stock is rocketing. If you asked a month ago when he would be drafted, you would think the Jaguars might be able to wait until the 3rd round to draft him. Now, I am unsure he will make it out of the first round. In this scenario, the Jaguars make a bold move and trade up to bolster their offensive line, a big need for them. Forrest Lamp is a physical, strong, 6’4 300 pound guard or tackle who would come in and improve the offensive line. A game that really solidified my opinion on him was his film from his game against Alabama. Going up against Jonathan Allen, Tim Williams, and Ryan Anderson, all potential first round picks, he really held his own. The fact that the Jaguars did not pick up Kelvin Beachum‘s option, adds another hole on the offensive line. The Jaguars need to improve their offensive line to help their offense get rolling and trading up for Lamp will definitely help them.
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3. Sign Jason Pierre-Paul
Defensive line depth is always needed on an NFL team. JPP had 16.5 sacks in 2011 and 12.5 in 2014, the year before the firework incident. Still getting accustomed to playing with 2.5 fingers on one hand, JPP proved he is still capable of being an elite pass rusher, getting to the quarterback 7.5 times in 12 games. Drafted by Tom Coughlin, JPP would form a nice rotation with Yannick Ngakoue and Dante Fowler Jr at the defensive end position.
4. Sign A.J. Bouye
With Prince Amukamura an upcoming free agent and his future with the Jaguars in question, going out and signing A.J. Bouye, a young, top three corner from last year, would be a very smart move. A.J. Bouye played second fiddle to Jonathan Joseph this past season, but ended the season as a cornerback on the rise. Through the first seven weeks Bouye was the highest graded cornerback in the league, per Pro Football Focus. The Jaguars need to make bold, gutsy moves this year in order to start winning and signing a player like Bouye to lock down the other side of Jalen Ramsey would do just that.