Ranking Jaguars positional needs on defense ahead of free agency

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It’s been two days since the Jacksonville Jaguars were close to wrapping up their head-coaching search but for some reason or another, they haven’t been able to seal the deal. Hopefully, they will have hired someone (most likely Byron Leftwich) by the time you’re reading this article.

The Jags need to get their coaching search done as soon as possible because they need to turn their attention to revamping their roster. While their offense needs the most attention, they can’t neglect their defense. After all, defensive coordinator Joe Cullen’s unit had some dominant performances but they also finished the year 28th in points allowed and gave up 100 rushing yards or more in all but two games in the second half of the 2021 season.

If the Jaguars hire Leftwich, Adrian Wilson will most likely become their general manager but there’s a chance Trent Baalke gets to keep his job. Regardless of who leads the front office this offseason, Jacksonville needs to fortify all their defensive positional groups. It’s true that some units need more help than the others but all of them would welcome a boost. Keep in mind that the Jags will have around $60 million in cap space, so they should be able to re-sign a few contributors from last year and add a few players in the open market.

Before you keep reading, here’s a ranking of the Jags’ positional needs on offense. Without further ado, here’s how their positional needs on defense rank ahead of free agency.