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2016 NFL Draft: Jacksonville Jaguars draft needs

With the rush of free agency in the rear view mirror it is time to focus in on the NFL Draft, specifically on team needs. In this article we


With the rush of free agency in the rear view mirror it is time to focus in on the NFL Draft, specifically on team needs. In this article we look at the Jacksonville Jaguars draft needs for 2016 as we approach the April 28th 1st round from Chicago. Shad Kahn’s patience seems to be paying off for the Jags. Yes, they went 5-11 last year and are once again picking in the top 5, but you can’t say that this young roster is showing a lot of promise and signs of improvement. With a good draft this year, the Jags could start to be more of a presence in the AFC. Biggest Need: Pass Rusher The Jags added Malik Jackson to the fold in free agency and last year’s first round pick Dante Fowler Jr will be returning from his torn ACL, so the Jags do will have some pass rush, but they could really do with someone else to compliment those two. If the Jags can roll out 3 dangerous pass rushers on every play, they’ll be impossible to stop as you can only dedicate so many people to blocking. Other Needs: Linebacker, Safety, Offensive Line Telvin Smith and Paul Posluszny are both underrated players at the linebacker position and are both big parts of this defense. However, Posluszny will be 32 by the end of the season so an eventual replacement for him would be good. Furthermore, they could do with another athletic linebacker to patrol the other side of the field. Tashaun Gipson was a good signing in my eyes – whilst with the Browns he was one of the better ‘center-fielders’ in the league, racking up 14 interceptions in 50 career games (42 starts). However, he has struggled to stay on the field, playing in all 16 games just once in his four year career. So adding depth behind him, Sergio Brown and Johnathan Cyprien would be wise. Perhaps the only real area of need on this offense is the o-line, primarily its interior. If the Jags can beef up at center and guard, not only will the passing game be able to thrive even more, but the running game, on the back of Chris Ivory and TJ Yeldon, will really be able to get going.

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Remy Cabache

Lifetime sports fan. I have written with RealSport since the NFL section started and I have also written for my own blog, EbonyBird.com and I have had several articles published in local newspapers covering my local (American) football team.

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