First off, let me just say that head coach Gus Bradley and GM David Caldwell know what they're doing for the most part.
I continue to be impressed with Bradley and what he’s trying to accomplish in Jacksonville. The GM and head coach have worked well together to bring some of the best young talent in the NFL on board.
This draft in particular was one of the best draft classes I’ve seen. Nearly every player the Jaguars took was a guy who I had rated near the top of his position. The Jaguars also added a litany of weapons to help revive an anemic offense from a year ago.
Receivers Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson are poised to become a deadly tandem, while linebacker Telvin Smith is a vastly underrated addition to the defense. Blake Bortles has franchise QB written all over him, and even the late-round addition of Storm Johnson can end up being a steal.
Studying tape of his running style left me highly impressed. Few RBs have the combination of power and elusiveness that Johnson showed running behind Bortles at UCF.
I also believe Allen Robinson will emerge as one of the top wideouts from this class.
Even though the Jaguars will be highly inexperienced on offense with the influx of rookies, they should be an improvement from a year ago.
With that said, the pass-rushing unit could've certainly used some more TLC this offseason.
For several years, Jacksonville Jaguars fans have been clamoring for a pass-rusher. Needless to say, the team has failed to prioritize the position year after year.
Bringing in Chris Clemons and Red Bryant were nice additions in free agency, but they're nowhere near enough to satisfy the needs of this defensive line in terms of a pass rush. Bryant has 3.5 sacks total in six seasons, and Clemons is nearly 33 years old and coming off an injury.
Jason Babin and Tyson Alualu are penciled in as the starting defensive ends at the moment.
Now the question becomes, will the Jaguars do something between now and the start of the season to boost their pass-rushing presence? At this point it seems unlikely.