The Jaguars have more than a quarterback to find in the NFL Draft
By David Levin
With only three weeks left in the NFL season, the Jacksonville Jacksonville Jaguars are lookin at another high draft pick in the first round.
We have been here before. The Jacksonville Jaguars have a losing record with only a handful of games remaining in the season and wil try to win out despite missing the playoffs. While wins are important to the continuity of the franchise, there are those fans out there who will tell you they woudl prefer the team lose games to better their draft position come April.
Right now, the Jaguars own the seventh pick, overall.
It’s hard to determine if a quarterback coming out in this draft class is worth a high pick, or should the team stand pat and let the first round come to them. After taking Blake Bortles third overall in 2014 when they could have had Khalil Mack in the first round and Derek Carr in the second round of the same year or Teddy Bridgewater had they traded down, it’s more proof the draft process is no exact science.
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Heck, most of us are still steaming over the pick of Blaine Gabbert in 2011 when the team traded up to 10th overall to grab him when one pick later the Houston Texans took J.J. Watt. That move, and the team taking Bryan Anger [he’s a weapon!] in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft when they could have taken Russell Wilson will go down as two of the biggest disappointments in this organization’s history.
The quarterback position is the team’s most pressing need. Bortles could be released after this season. Cody Kessler is not the long-term answer. Jacksonville had a chance to get Bridegwater prior to the 2018 season, but weren’t interested. The front office took a “In Blake We Trust” stance, signing him to a three-year contract extension that backfired.
It seems like this team, which as imploded to a degree, is back to sqaure one when Tom Coughlin took over as executive vice-president of football operations.
There are other positions to consider. Offensive tackle (meaning Cam Robinson moves over to the right side). A top-flight pass catcher (the only one on the roster who has shown anything this season is Dede Westbrook). If Austin Seferian-Jenkins comes back next season from a core muscle injury and shows he can play consistently, then the tight end position could be fine.
Also, there are needs on defense, but unless Joey Bosa falls mightily or one of the pass rushers from Clemson are on the board, I would stay clear of the position until the second or third round.
The Jaguars can stake a good part of this season’s lack of success on injuries and poor performance. There should be changes to the coaching staff and veterans who will be released this offseason (Barry Church at safety, Malik Jackson at defensive tackle). What was thought to be a locker room of contenders before the preseason is now a group of questionmarks. So will say rebuilding is the way to go. Others, including myself, think they need to find a solid offensive coordinator, a top wideout and blocking for whoever is under center next season.
This is still a young football team with potential. This NFL Draft will tell fans and the national media which direction the Jaguars plan to turn in 2019. This upcoming draft class might be the most important of the Shad Khan owner team since he bought Jacksonville from Wayne Weaver in