2012 NFL Draft & Free Agents: Who the Jacksonville Jaguars Should Focus On

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2012 NFL Draft & Free Agents: Who the Jacksonville Jaguars Should Focus On
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In 2011, the Jacksonville Jaguars finished the season with a disappointing record of 5-11.

The defense, under returning defensive coordinator Mel Tucker, finished sixth in the league despite a wide variety of injuries.

The offense did not fair as well, finishing dead last in total offense, averaging only 259.3 yards of offense per game. The blame cannot be attributed to star running back Maurice Jones-Drew, who claimed the rushing title and the starting job in the Pro Bowl.

The responsibility for the Jags' offensive woes instead falls to their anemic passing offense led by rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert, who finished dead last among quarterbacks, averaging a 50 percent completion percentage and 147.6 yards per game.

Injuries and the possibility of departing free agents mean that Jacksonville needs help on both sides of the ball. More specifically, help is needed at wide receiver, defensive end, right tackle, right guard and cornerback.

It's a long list, but if Jacksonville makes the right choices, they may be much closer to being competitive than their record this past season may suggest.

With a new head coach and a new owner—Mike Mularkey and Shahid Khan, respectively—Jacksonville will be looking to make a splash this offseason. 

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