If winning is the ultimate goal in the NFL (it is), the Jacksonville Jaguars were the worst team in 2020, finishing the season with a 1-15 record. In fact, they were straight-up unwatchable at times due to their inability to score points or stopping opposing teams from doing so. If there’s a silver lining is that their inability to win games last season paved way for the first overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft and the hire of Urban Meyer as their head coach. Add their surplus of cap space and draft picks and there’s reason to believe they will be considerably better in 2021.
Anthony Treash of Pro Football Focus ranked the Jaguars second in his list of NFL teams most likely to improve in 2021. He says that Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, whom the team will likely take with the top pick in the draft, won’t instantly turn Jackosville a contender but will help them be significantly better.
Treash also points out the Jags have the resources to trade for Orlando Brown Jr., one of the best young left tackles in the NFL, and to sign John Johnson III, who will be one of the top safeties in the open market.
The Jacksonville Jaguars can also upgrade their wider receiver corps.
On the other hand, Treash suggests the Jaguars pursue wide receiver T.Y. Hilton to bolster a wide receiver corps that already has a couple of studs in DJ Chark Jr. and Laviska Shenault Jr. Although the Florida Internation product has had a fine NFL career he’s no longer the player he was back in 2015, and there may be better options available in free agency.
The Jaguars could keep Keelan Cole, who is scheduled to become a free agent, but if they really want to upgrade their wide receiver unit, they should make a play for Allen Robinson or Kenny Golladay, who should be available if their respective teams don’t apply the franchise tag on them.
The Jaguars are in a prime position to improve significantly in 2021. Keep in mind that this isn’t hype nor offseason talk. The building blocks for a makeover are there and even though the playoffs may not be within reach yet, this Jacksonville team should win many more games than it did last season and should be fun to watch once again.