The draft is an inexact science and no NFL has a perfect track record of identifying talent. However, there are clubs that have more hits than misses and those are either often in contention for a playoff spot or frequently playing in the Super Bowl. Unfortunately, the Jacksonville Jaguars aren’t one of those teams and have instead struggled to acquire talent in the selection meeting in recent years.
Fortunately, the Jags will be well-equipped to buck the trend in 2022. They will enter the draft with 12 picks and if they can get a handful of playmakers and key contributors, they should be able to leave the cellar of the NFL sooner rather than later. Also, these five Jaguars will benefit the most from a solid haul.
1. Jacksonville Jaguars offensive line coach Phil Rauscher.
Like any other head coach who just got hired, Doug Pederson moved on from several position coaches and coordinators that were part of the previous regime and brought his own coaching staff. Pederson brought in Phil Rauscher to coach the offensive line and he will have plenty of talent to work with right off the bat.
The Jaguars are reportedly close to reaching a long-term deal with left tackle Cam Robinson. Moreover, they signed Pro Bowl guard Brandon Scherff in free agency. And finally, Jawaan Taylor and Walker Little will compete for the right tackle job. However, the team’s brass could upgrade the center position and left guard in the draft.
If the Jags can land Tyler Linderbaum or Cam Jurgens in the second round and add a guard in the middle of the draft, their offensive line could be one of their most improved units this offseason. Last season, Jacksonville allowed 32 sacks and struggled to run the ball. It will be up to Rauscher to get the most out of his unit and get better in both areas.