With a pass rush among the worst in the NFL, a shaky secondary and unsettled situations at all the offensive skill positions, the Jacksonville Jaguars had their work cut out for them in 2014.
Where these picks are concerned at least, the Jaguars did that work and then some:
Marqise Lee, WR, USC: Round 2, Pick No. 7 (39th overall)
With Cecil Shorts coming off an injury and Justin Blackmon suspended indefinitely (with no end in sight), it was hardly a state secret that the Jaguars needed wide receiver help.
Unlike the hapless Cleveland Browns, the Jaguars actually did something about it.
David Caldwell hit the wideout position early and often, beginning with the selection of USC's Marqise Lee at the beginning of Round 2.
Lee's numbers in an injury-marred 2013 were far from eye-popping, but the 6'0", 192-pounder's "vision, elusiveness and acceleration make him a terror after the catch," according to Rob Rang of CBSSports.com.
Entering 2013, Lee was widely considered the nation's top wideout, and he was a solid value that filled a big hole for Jacksonville.
Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State: Round 2, Pick No. 29 (61st overall)
Caldwell wasn't done hitting the wideout position, dealing third- and fifth-round picks to the San Francisco 49ers for the right to move back into the second round and take Penn State wide receiver Allen Robinson.
The 6'3" Robinson racked up almost 1,500 yards on 97 catches in 2013. It was his second straight 1,000-yard season and the second straight year Robinson was named the Big Ten's top player at his position.
In pairing Lee and Robinson, the Jaguars added both size and speed to the receiving corps.
A Robinson/Lee/Shorts trio looks about nine million times better than the Jags' wideout corps appeared entering the draft.
Telvin Smith, LB, Florida State: Round 5, Pick No. 4 (144th overall)
The 144th pick of 2014 may one day be looked back on as one of the biggest values of the entire draft.
Yes, Florida State linebacker Telvin Smith is undersized and then some at 218 pounds. Yes, Smith failed a drug test at the combine.
However, were it not for those dings, Smith never would have lasted this long.
Smith's athleticism and 4.47 speed help compensate for his lack of size, enough so that he led the national champions in tackles last year.
Russell Allen's retirement left a thin group of linebackers in Jacksonville with a hole in the starting lineup. If Smith can put on 10 to 15 pounds without sacrificing speed, we could see Smith filling that hole sooner rather than later.
A potential starter with considerable upside in the fifth round? Yes, please.
Chris Smith, DE, Arkansas: Round 5, Pick No. 19 (159th overall)
It's back-to-back Smiths!
The Jaguars brought in Chris Clemons and Red Bryant and re-signed Jason Babin, but improving one of the NFL's worst pass rushes from last year remains a glaring need for the Jags.
Caldwell didn't address that need until late, but when Caldwell did hit the defensive front, it was with a good pick.
Mind you, Chris Smith of Arkansas isn't going to solve the problem himself. The 6'1", 266-pounder isn't especially good against the run, and Nolan Nawrocki of NFL.com thinks Smith needs to "do a better job diagnosing the play more quickly and shedding blocks."
However, Smith also possesses the length and speed to project well as a "Leo" pass-rusher, and Clemons and Babin should serve as excellent tutors in that regard.
Storm Johnson, RB, Central Florida: Round 7, Pick No. 7 (222nd overall)
As I wrote earlier, it could turn out that the Jaguars got one of the defensive steals of the draft in Telvin Smith.
The Jaguars closed their 2014 draft out with a player who may be the same on the offensive side of the ball.
Central Florida running back Storm Johnson topped 1,100 yards on the ground in 2013. The 6'0", 209-pounder, in the opinion of Rob Rang of CBSSports.com, "his deceptive speed and core power could help him emerge as a key part of an NFL rotation."
Bleacher Report's Ryan Riddle went one better, telling me on the "Kellogg's Komments" podcast that Johnson was his top-ranked rookie running back.
To be able to get a player like that, who was the teammate of your shiny new quarterback no less, in the last round, is the icing on the best draft in the AFC South in 2014.