As the 2017 NFL Draft, approaches there are reasons to believe the Jacksonville Jaguars will draft offensively.
After drafting heavily on defense in 2016, the Jacksonville Jaguars would be smart to look to the offensive side of the ball. Here are a few reason why the Jags will draft for offense.
First keeping the quarterback upright should be a priority for this year’s draft. Look for the Jags to target a right guard. Indiana’s Daniel Feeney is a potential fit. Finding a difference maker along the offensive line well only help give quarterback Blake Bortles the chance he needs to succeed this season. The Jags should use this draft to get younger and more athletic at the position.
Find a tight end
Secondly, with the trade of Julius Thomas to the Miami Dolphins, the Jags have a hole to fill at the tight end position. Finding a replacement shouldn’t be all that difficult. The tight end class is deep, from Alabama’s O.J Howard and Ole Miss’ Evan Engram to Arkansas’ Jeremy Sprinkle. Any one of those players can instantly upgrade the athleticism at the position. Finding a tight end will help add to the rotation and provide depth at a limited position.
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Get a running back
Finally, to help improve the offense the Jags need to improve the running game. While there are heady talents like Dalvin Cook and Lenord fournette, the class is still deep with talent. Clemson’s Wayne Gallman or UCF’s Marlon Mack could be prudent day two or three additions. The Jags would be smart to target a running back to help add competition and depth to the roster.
The Jags have used last years draft picks to help revamp a defense. Now it’s the offenses turn. With the need to fill offensive holes left from free agency expect the team to make a run on offensive players at some point in the draft.