Rankings Jaguars' 3 most glaring needs ahead of 2024 NFL free agency

• If the Jaguars want to make a run for the AFC South in 2024, they'll need to bolster these three position groups.

Nov 6, 2022; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars center Luke Fortner (79) lines up
Nov 6, 2022; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars center Luke Fortner (79) lines up / Matt Pendleton-USA TODAY Sports
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1. Interior offensive line

The Jaguars' biggest need without a doubt is the interior line. Even though they'll probably move on from Cam Robinson for cap purposes, they'll have a pair of bookend offensive tackles in fourth-year pro Walker Little and Anton Harrison, who had a promising rookie campaign. But even if the Jags don't think Little should start in 2024, they could use their first-round pick on the position.

This is to say that Jacksonville has options at offensive tackle but the same isn't true for the interior offensive line. Right guard Brandon Scherff signed a top-market contract in 2022. However, his play hasn't been proportional to his salary.

The team's brass could free up $9 million in space if they release him. That said, there's a chance they'll keep him around if they think he can put it all together next season. Once the Jags decide what route they'll take at right guard, they'll need to turn their attention to the center spot.

Center Luke Fortner was expected to improve last year but ended up regressing. While he may eventually hit his stride. the Jaguars can take a risk and wait for him. They must bring immediate help. Whether they add competition (Aaron Brewer) at the position or sign a proven starter (Andre James) in free agency, center should be at the top of their list. Last but not least is left guard.

The Jaguars traded for Ezra Cleveland at the 2023 deadline. While he was a solid starter during his stint with the Minnesota Vikings, injuries prevented him from making an impact last season. He's now set to become a free agent, and it will be up to the front office to decide if he should come back for another year or dip their toes in free agency or the draft to find his potential replacement.

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