The Jaguars are finally looking like a playoff team after a radical roster gutting in 2008. It has paid off as each subsequent season has shown an improved record starting with 2008's record of 5-11 to 2009's 7-9 and 2010's 8-8.
The team has a problem in crunch time losing their last four games in each of their last two seasons with a possible playoff spot.
However, with the team's improvement, only a few areas need to be covered. Most notable are Safety, Cornerback, Defensive End, Linebacker, and Quarterback.
This years draft will most definitely be defensive heavy with many secondary players taken. Here are a few players that could change this years draft for the Jaguars.
Eugene Wilson Texans
Sims-Walker broke out his third season after back to back knee injuries. He is regarded as a solid No. 2 considering he struggles to produce on the field at times. I would like him to be re-signed to the team as they are now looking to be a contender for the playoffs and Sims has been an important part of the offense.
Morrison was brought in after a trade for a third rounder which was a steal. He was great in the run game. However, he was bit spotty in coverage. The Jags were hoping for a little more but I like this guys attitude; he's loud and passionate on the field. I give this a 50/50 chance.
Durant has his game but gets injured just as much. If he can stay healthy, he's solid. If not, he's getting cut. I see him signing a short term deal.
ERFA—Greene was good in the box but wasn't too great in coverage. Still, he's young and has good experience playing early and often this season. I see a resign.
I liked McCown in the preseason and I thought he would be great if the Jags decided to move on from Garrard. He did see some limited action as his season was over quick. Still, I see him as a quality back up and I see a short term resign.
Averaged 43.8 yards punting with a long 63 yarder. Out of 57 punts, 26 landed within the 20. Sounds like a resign to me.
When he's on the field he great.
When he gets injured, he's likely done for the season.
Sanders is the biggest risk-reward on the table this season and the right negotiations will help a team in need of this strong safety. The Jags could use an upgrade at SS but if they pick up Sanders, it would have to be for a heavy injury clause written contract.
The Panthers have yet to use their Franchise Tag and their situation is currently grim. Kalil is regarded as one of the better centers in the game today and Jags center Brad Meester isn't getting any younger. This guy will definitely get a look at if they decide to either not use the tag at all or to use it on the likes of DeAngelo Williams, Charles Johnson or James Anderson.
Let me clarify this first. The Jags grabbed Kampman last year in FA and then drafted two defensive tackels and two defensive ends in the draft. They are also projected to get the likes of Watt or Kerrigan on mock drafts. Kiwanuka isn't a likely pickup, but is an interest nevertheless.
The Giants are known for getting sacks and now knocking out quarterbacks, most frequently seen against the Bears. The Giants have the likes of Tuck, Osi and JPP already in their line up and there are a lot of players that could possibly get the tag if Kiwanuka does not including Coefield, Bradshaw, Boss and Smith. I don't see him staying on the Giants.
Johnson had a great year with 62 tackles and 11.5 sacks. He is a contender for the Panthers franchise tag, so only time will tell.
All 32 have cast their ballet in the Asomugha sweepstakes for a chance to win one of the best cornerbacks in the league. Upon hearing the clause that made his contract null and void for not reaching certain stats, I couldn't help but think that Al Davis forgot that they don't throw to Nnamdi's side of the field. Either way, his name speaks for itself and Asomugha has the luxury to play for any team in the NFL.
Reashean Mathis is in the twilight of his career and asked for an extention this year but wasn't granted one. Cox had had a very slow start and I'm not even sure who plays nickel back.
Bailey is still a potent player despite being 33. Bailey is reported to be fed up with all the changes in the Broncos organization and has even put his house up for sale. What makes him even more interesting as a free agent is that he's willing to convert to safety to prolong his career. After the Asomugha sweepstakes are over, teams will be clamoring for Bailey. A smart move would be for teams to show interest in Bailey, while first considering Asomugha's leverage.
Greenway and Sidney Rice are the top contenders for the franchise tag and I can see Minnesota flipping a coin. After all, the tag is a place holder but who knows if these guys want to jet. They have a stadium with a collapsed roof, "The Favre" is on his way out and the Williams will have a four game suspension next season due to their use of a banned diuretic. Good news is the AP is now holding onto the ball.
Greenway is a great talent and Minnesota can not let either of these players get away. Greenway has a knacking for getting to the ball, recording 144 tackles this season alone.
The Jags current roster includes FS Don Carey and Tyron Brackenridge. I'm not saying their half bad, but I won't say their half good either.
Carey is a rookie and needs time to develop. He was given the job after the team traded Anthony Smith to the Packers.
Tyron has seen limited action and is going to be a restricted FA this season. I get the feeling he won't be coming back.
Wilson was released by the Texans after spending three years with them and a previous five years with the Patriots. He is 30 years old but free agency should be used to patching up team needs as seen with last years pick up of Aaron Kampman.
Wilsons stats over the past three years include four interceptions and 148 with the Texans. He would be a nice pick up to give Carey or a possible draftee time to develop.
I really thought the Jags would pick this guy up last year by he was stuck with the Rams for another year. The Rams cut OJ recently in order to avoid an $8 million bonus—I don't blame them.
Atogwe, now 29, is entering his seventh year in the league and could receive heavy interest from the Jaguars.
What I like the most about this guy is that he consistently forces turnovers, which there has been a lacking of to say the least.
In six seasons with the Rams Atogwe has 390 tackles, five sacks, 22 interceptions, 38 passes defended and 16 fumbles
He's a complete player and I'd bet my money on the Jags picking him up this year.