3 biggest strengths on the Jacksonville Jaguars roster following the 2023 NFL Draft
No. 1 biggest strength on the Jacksonville Jaguars roster after the draft: Quarterback
Football is the ultimate team sport but there's no doubt quarterback is the position with the biggest influence in the outcome of a game. You can have put together a talented squad but without a decent signal-caller, your chances of coming on top will decrease considerably.
For proof look at the 2022 San Francisco 49ers. They had built a stout roster but lost all their quarterbacks in the NFC Championship. And without a competent passer, they lost to the Philadelphia Eagles. In the words of 2021 All-Pro wide receiver Deebo Samuel, they fell to Philly because they were only playing with 10 men. It might not have been Samuel's intention but this quote makes the Niners look pretty bad.
For starters, it means that Josh Johnson, who was their quarterback for most of the game, was inadequate. Also, it paints the rest of the team as not capable of winning if they don't have an adequate signal-caller behind center.
Either way, San Francisco might indeed have had a fighting chance if Jimmy Garoppolo or someone else was playing quarterback. By now, you might be wondering what that has to do with the Jaguars and the answer is simply.
With Trevor Lawrence firmly entrenched as the starting quarterback, Jacksonville won't have to worry about the position in several years. The former Clemson Tiger is quickly becoming one of the best passers in the league and a big reason behind the Jags' turnaround last year.
If Lawrence had to sit out a couple of games, C.J. Beathard could come off the bench and keep the offense afloat. There would certainly be a dropoff on offense but that's true for pretty much every backup quarterback in the league, so as long as Lawrence doesn't have to miss a significant amount of time, the Jaguars will have one of the best offenses in the league in 2023.