5 Jacksonville Jaguars with most to gain from a positive 2022 draft

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Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) at TIAA Bank Field. [Bob Self/Florida Times-Union] /

4. Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence.

The Jaguars found a generational talent in Trevor Lawrence but they didn’t treat him like one last year. While you could peg some of his struggles on his inexperience, the organization didn’t put him in a position to succeed.

Besides hiring Urban Meyer, who had no business coaching in the NFL, to oversee Lawrence’s development, the front office didn’t adequately refurnish the roster. They did make a few additions in last year’s free agency and the draft but not enough to move the needle. As a result, the young passer threw 17 interceptions and frequently tried to put the team on his shoulders, which would be fine if he were a vested veteran and had a better supporting cast but that wasn’t the case.

The Jaguars recognized they needed to help Lawrence and spent the offseason upgrading the offensive line and the wide receiver corps. Furthermore, they hired Doug Pederson, who has previously had success developing quarterbacks. Nevertheless, the team’s brass isn’t done and they will most likely keep adding weapons in the draft.

Even if Jacksonville spends their first two picks in this year’s selection meeting on defense, they can load on offensive talent in later rounds. Lawrence should be thrilled with how improved his supporting cast will be in 2022.