NFL teams can fix specific roster holes and quickly improve in free agency but if they want to build a foundation for future success, they must constantly hit on their draft picks. That’s why the 2022 NFL Draft is so important for the Jacksonville Jaguars, who haven’t been good over the last 10 years because they haven’t been able to identify and develop talent.
If the Jags can come out of the 2022 draft with a few building blocks and core players, they should be able to leave the cellar of the league sooner rather than later. Without further ado, here are five positions they must address in the draft, regardless of the round.
No. 1 position the Jaguars must address in the draft – Center.
Center Brandon Linder was one of the longest-tenured players on the Jaguars’ roster but his time in Jacksonville came to an end when he announced his retirement not long after the start of this year’s free agency. The team should be able to withstand his departure, having signed Tyler Shatley to a two-year deal. However, Jacksonville must find a long-term replacement and they could upgrade the position in the draft.
The Jaguars hold a second-round pick (33rd overall) and two in the second round (No. 65 and No. 77), so they will have ample chances to take a center early in the draft. Selecting Iowa’s Tyler Linderbaum would be a no-brainer if he were to fall out of the first round but he won’t be the only prospect the front office can target.
Cam Jurgens has been previously linked to the Jags at No. 33 but if the team’s brass wants to address another position at No. 33, they could target easily Dohnovan West or Dylan Parham in the third round. Either way, Jacksonville will have options at center.