No. 4 position the Jaguars must address in the draft – Linebacker.
Myles Jack had been a mainstay of the Jaguars’ defense for a while the team believed that parting ways with him earlier this year was the best course of action for both parties. Jack will be missed but general manager Trent Baalke moved quickly and signed Foyesade Oluokun in free agency. You could make the case that the move was an upgrade as Oluokun has been the most productive of the two, having made more big plays over the last two seasons.
But as important as Oluokun will be on Mike Caldwell’s defense, the Jags need to add another linebacker to line up next to him. Chapelle Russell and Shaquille Quarterman have the inside track to join the starting lineup but the front office must add a playmaker in the draft. There’s been chatter Georgia’s Nakobe Dean could slide to the second round due to height concerns and he could give Jacksonville a tough choice at No. 33 but the team’s brass seems to be interested in teammate Quay Walker, who’s moved up big boards in recent weeks.
Even if the Jags miss out on Dean or Walker, they could pursue Chad Muma, Brian Asamoah, or Leo Chenal in the third round. The Jaguars have low-key added several important pieces to their defense this offseason and they need to put the final touches in the draft. They didn’t get many big plays from their linebacker corps last year and they must amend that.