The Jacksonville Jaguars have made big moves through 2017 free agency, but as the frenzy winds down, they look to the 2017 NFL Draft.
The Jacksonville Jaguars raced out of the free agency gate to sign Barry Church, Calais Campbell, and A.J. Bouye. Branden Albert was obtained via trade to anchor the left tackle position. With the free agency frenzy winding down (though some players are still being signed), it’s time to turn attention to the 2017 NFL Draft.
The question to ask is, what will be the Jaguars next move? Alfie Crow of Big Cat Country ponders if Jacksonville is going to get quarterback Tony Romo. Romo has only played in five games in the last two seasons. Jacksonville really cannot afford the risk of Romo getting injured, making this a silly proposition.
First of all, would the Jaguars rather draft the best available player at number four? The latest free agent signings have addressed some key needs. Since the defense has been solidified, the Jaguars might look to trade out of the number four slot.
Due to the inconsistency of the Jaguars’ quarterback play last season, would Jacksonville draft a quarterback? Is there a free agent that would be an upgrade to Blake Bortles? How does the thought of Colin Kaepernick, Jay Cutler, Ryan Fitzpatrick or even Robert Griffin III being the next Jaguars quarterback feel like?
Honestly, it doesn’t feel good.
Should Jacksonville trade out of the fourth spot and try to accumulate middle round picks? Consequently, drafting so high for so long has put pressure on Jacksonville to get it right. Rarely has the team done that. 2016’s selection of Jalen Ramsey, however, could easily be the best first-round draft pick that the Jaguars have made in a while.
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After looking at what is left of the free agent cornerbacks, Jacksonville should address the shallow position in the draft. Aside from the recent Mychal Rivera signing, the Jags still need to address the tight end position.
The next move by Jacksonville is full of intrigue. There are many options for the Jags and free agency has helped make things even less clear prior to the 2017 NFL Draft. Currently, the offseason moves have been solid. Expect good things to happen with the Jaguars front office no matter where things go from here.