No. 3 offseason mistake the Jaguars made – Drafting 2 linebackers.
Last season, the Jaguars’ defense performed well at times but they also gave up too many big plays and couldn’t stop opposing teams from running the ball. This led the front office to revamp pretty much every defensive unit this offseason and no position might have gotten a bigger makeover than their linebacker corps.
The front office let Damien Wilson walk away in free agency and released Myles Jack. In a corresponding move, they gave Foyesade Oluokun a three-year deal worth $45 million to start at one linebacker spot. Later in the draft, the Jaguars traded the 33rd overall pick to move up six spots to take Utah’s Devin Lloyd.
After drafting Lloyd, it looked like the Jags were done pouring resources into their linebacker corps but they then selected Wyoming’s Chad Muma with the 70th overall pick, which raised a few eyebrows. This is not a knock on Muma, who was seen as a late first-round pick or an early second. In fact, you could make the case that the team’s brass got a steal based on how talented the former Cowboy is.
On the other hand, it feels like an unnecessary pick when you consider that the Jags have a crowded linebacker room and he might have a hard time getting playing time as a rookie. Teams should always look for talent in the draft, and there’s a good chance Muma was the highest-graded prospect in the Jaguars’ draft board by the time of his selection but that doesn’t make the decision any less puzzling.