No. 2 Jaguars biggest weakness following the 2023 NFL Draft: Left guard
The Jaguars' offensive line has undergone meaningful changes over the last two seasons and none of the Week 1 starters from 2021 will be in the lineup in this season's opener. This isn't necessarily a bad thing though, as this year's version is poised to be significantly better than its 2021 counterpart. Then again, there's one spot in the trenches that will be worth monitoring in the upcoming months and that's left guard.
Ben Bartch, a 2020 fourth-round pick, has progressively gotten better over the last three years. The former St. John Johnny fared well last season, giving up seven total pressures and no sacks on 197 pass-blocking snaps. Unfortunately, he dislocated his knee in Week 5 and was shut down for the remainder of the year.
Head coach Doug Pederson told the local media one week before the draft that Batch might not be a full-go for training camp and if he's still recovering by the time the regular season kicks off, the coaching staff will go with Tyler Shatley, who's more than capable of holding the fort. The downside of plugging Shatley in at left guard is that he's serviceable but not the long-term answer at the position.
The Jags could give third-year offensive lineman Cole Van-Lanen an extended look in the summer and 2023 seventh-round pick Cooper Hodges could also get a few reps. Having said that, none of them inspire confidence in case Bartch has to miss an extended period of time.
Had the Jaguars drafted O'Cyrus Torrence in the first round or traded up to get him in the second to replenish their offensive line, the guard position would be in much better shape. Then again, they drafted their right tackle of the future, so the decision is justified.