2011 NFL Mock Draft: Jacksonville Jaguars Draft Take

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2011 NFL Mock Draft: Jacksonville Jaguars Draft Take
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The Jacksonville Jaguars failed to make the playoffs again last season, as they had another late-season meltdown.  They were in contention all the way to the end, but they simply didn't have enough talent to make a postseason run.  Jack Del Rio is still the coach for another season, but he will most likely be out if he fails to do anything next season.

David Garrard had a decent season last year, but he isn’t the long-term option as the starting quarterback.  The Jaguars should strongly consider bringing in a quarterback of the future in this year’s draft. 

Maurice Jones Drew continues to be the focal point of the offense by turning in yet another successful season.  He makes the offense go, but the Jaguars may want to find a complement for him so that he doesn’t get overworked. 

The receiving group lacks a No. 1 target, but Mike Thomas gives Garrard a solid option.  Mike Sims-Walker struggled, and he may not be back in 2011, which will seriously hurt the depth of this unit.  Marcedes Lewis is a Pro Bowl-caliber tight end who gives the Jaguars their biggest threat in the passing game. 

The offensive line is very solid, with young bookends Eben Britton and Eugene Monroe leading the way.  The interior is also solid, with Vince Manuwai and Uche Nwaneri at the guard positions.  Brad Meester is still a solid player, but he is getting older so they need to find a long-term replacement for him.

The defensive tackle combination of Tyson Alualu and Terrance Knighton is one of the better pairings in the league.  The defensive end group is another story, as they lack a serious pass-rushing threat.  The Jaguars thought that they solved that problem when they brought in Aaron Kampman, but he suffered his second torn ACL in two seasons.  This is a position that badly needs an upgrade this offseason. 

Daryl Smith is a very solid starter at one outside linebacker position, but the rest of the unit is a question mark.  Justin Durant is a good player, but he is a constant injury risk who is also a free agent.  Kirk Morrison is an adequate starter, but he is also someone who could be upgraded this offseason. 

The starting cornerbacks are solid, as Rashean Mathis and Derek Cox will be the starter again next season.  However, the depth is a pretty big concern, where David Jones and Tyron Brackenridge are the main backups.  Both safety positions could use an upgrade, as Courtney Greene and Don Carey are not long-term options at the starting positions.

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