Jacksonville Jaguars: Team’s biggest needs this offseason
How will the Jaguars offseason play out? Will the team be able to address their most pressing needs in free agency and the NFL Draft?
I’ve seen plenty of mock drafts recently that have the Jacksonville Jaguars taking a wide receiver with their first pick – ninth overall in April.
"As Josh Edwards of CBS Sports wrote after he mocked Alabama wide receiver Jerry Jeudy to Jacksonville, “DJ Chark Jr. had a great season for Jacksonville but they need more production from the position. Jeudy has the highest floor of any wide receiver in this draft class. His attention to detail is much further along than most of his peers.”"
I like the thinking, but after watching this team since OTAs, that kind of “reach” can happen for another team.
Finding another pass catcher will certainly help whoever is throwing the football next season in North Florida, but it is not the most pressing need for this team. At some point – either in free agency or in the later rounds of the draft – the Jaguars will add a body or two.
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The ninth pick in the Draft has been significant for the Jaguars. In 1998, Jacksonville traded quarterback Rob Johnson to the Buffalo Bills. That pick turned into Fred Taylor. That was certainly a steal for Jacksonville.
In 2002, the Jaguars grabbed John Henderson, a defensive tackle out of Tennessee, who along with Marcus Stroud, became a cornerstone of the Jaguars defense.
Reggie Williams was the team’s pick in 2004, which did not pan out as hoped. The former Washington star had his moments catching passes in Jacksonville, but he did not live up to expectations.
For now, let’s focus on the positions that need more attention. With wide receiver a position the team will fill in over the offseason, here are the top needs for the Jaguars prior to the start of the 2020 season.