2. Dalton Risner, left guard
The Jaguars may consider parting ways with right guard Brandon Scherff in the offseason. Besides getting $9 million in cap space, they could upgrade the position by going after either Robert Hunt or Kevin Dotson in free agency. That said, they could also look at the left side of the interior offensive line and add a bit of stability.
Last year, they expected Ben Bartch to make a full recovery from a season-ending injury he suffered in 2022. While he was on time for the opener, he wasn't 100 percent healthy, and it showed in his play. Without a backup plan at hand, the Jaguars had a revolving door at left guard throughout most of the year. To stop it, they bumped offensive tackle Walker Little inside and later traded for Ezra Cleveland at the deadline.
Both Little and Cleveland dealt with injuries last year, so left guard remained an issue. Fast forward to 2024, and the former may return to the edges while the latter is scheduled to become a free agent. The Jaguars could very well re-sign Cleveland. After all, he made 49 consecutive starts dating back to his playing days with the Minnesota Vikings and generally fared well. On the other hand, they could pursue Dalton Risner in the open market.
Last year, Risner remained unsigned after hitting the open market in March. It wasn't until the Vikes stepped in that he joined a team. The former Kansas State Wildcat went on to appear in 15 games with 11 starts for Minnesota. On 485 pass-blocking snaps, he gave up 30 pressures but not a single sack.
It's reasonable to believe that Risner could be even better if he spent a full offseason with a club. The Jaguars should think about scooping him early in free agency and bring stability at left guard at last.