The Jacksonville Jaguars don't have many weaknesses ahead of the 2023 season but their pass rush could be their Achilles Heel. See, they have a pair of capable edge defenders in Travon Walker and Josh Allen but they don't have much depth behind them.
Outside linebacker K'Lavon Chaisson, a first-round pick in the 2020 draft, is No. 3 on the depth chart but expecting him to put up monster numbers might be unrealistic. Over the last three years, he's registered three sacks. The Jags will be more than pleased if he can have as many next season.
Besides Chaisson, the Jaguars will count on rookie Yasir Abdullah to round out their rotation. A fifth-round pick in this year's draft, Abdullah was dubbed a draft steal but he's got a long way to go become he can become a mainstay of the front seven.
The Jags will eventually get defensive end Dawuane Smoot back. He's currently recovering from an Achilles tear he suffered last year. He'll start the season on the Physically Unable to Perform list and will miss at least four games to start the season. Thus, Jacksonville will need to wait for reinforcements.
For the time being, the team's brass should consider going after any of these four players to bolster their pass rush before the 2023 season starts.
No. 4 edge rusher the Jaguars could add before the 2023 season: Chase Winovich
A third-round pick in the 2019 draft by the New England Patriots, outside linebacker Chase Winovich was a solid rotation player early in his career, registering 11 sacks in his first two NFL seasons. However, his playing time decreased considerably in Year 3, and was gone following the 2021 season.
Winovich spent an uneventful season with the Cleveland Browns in 2022 and signed with the Houston Texans in the offseason. He was waived Tuesday and is free to sign anywhere he wants. Although the former Michigan Wolverine has been underwhelming in back-to-back campaigns, he could be an intriguing reclamation project in Jacksonville.