3 biggest remaining weaknesses on the Jaguars roster following the 2023 NFL Draft

Jacksonville Jaguars General Manager Trent Baalke and owner Shad Khan.
Jacksonville Jaguars General Manager Trent Baalke and owner Shad Khan. / Corey Perrine/Florida Times-Union / USA
3 of 3

No. 1 Jaguars biggest weakness following the 2023 NFL Draft: Pass rush

You might have noticed a theme on this list and it's that the Jaguars waited to address to most of their needs in the draft and instead prioritized finding a suitable replacement for Jawaan Taylor at right tackle. In their defense, Jacksonville didn't need immediate starters but rather depth at certain position groups, including their pass rush.

The Jaguars have a pair of bookend pass rushers in Travon Walker and Josh Allen but they needed another edge defender to round out their rotation after defensive end Arden Key deflected to the Tennessee Titans in free agency.

Even though Key only logged 4.5 sacks last year, his presence and flexibility helped his teammates get more favorable matchups. Not surprisingly, he was dubbed the Jags' biggest loss in free agency. While De'Shawn Nixon could see an uptick in playing time, he's still a work in progress. Similarly, outside linebacker K'Lavon Chaisson hasn't done enough to justify the team's decision to draft him 20th overall in 2020.

The Jaguars have gotten rave reviews for drafting Yasir Abdullah in Round 5, who's got the potential to develop into a dynamic pass rusher in the NFL. However, if the former Louisville Cardinal gets off to a slow start in the 2023 season, the Jags might have trouble creating pressure up front.

Maybe Abdullah will become an instant contributor in the Jaguars' pass-rush rotation but if he doesn't, the front office might need to consider getting on the phone with a familiar face.

dark. Next. Jaguars 2023 full schedule: Game-by-game prediction