The Jacksonville Jaguars realized they need to make significant changes this offseason if they wanted to start winning games on a consistent basis. First, they needed to find a head coach that actually knew what he doing and didn’t diminish his staff or his players and they checked that box off when they hired Doug Pederson.
They then needed to revamp their roster, which they did when they made additions in free agency. However, all their AFC South foes have also made several acquisitions and if they want to keep up with them, there’s plenty of work to do in the upcoming months. Here are four challenges remaining for Jacksonville this offseason.
1. The Jaguars must make the right call at No. 1 in the 2022 NFL Draft.
For the second straight year, the Jags hold the top pick in the draft. They took Trevor Lawrence last year and they will need to acquire another franchise building block next month. While Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson is the favorite to go No. 1, they could take Alabama offensive tackle Evan Neal and nobody would bat an eye. Also, selecting Georgia’s Travon Walker or North Carolina State’s Ikem Ekwomu remains a possibility.
While pass rusher is arguably a bigger priority for the Jaguars, Neal or Ekwonu would give their offensive line a boost. Ultimately, the Jaguars can’t afford to miss out on the top pick. Poor decision-making in the draft over the last few years have set them back and if they want to right the ship, they need to start hitting on their first-round picks.