2010 Record: 8-8 (.500)
Team Needs: CB, DL, S, WR, QB, LB, OL
All those team needs seem a bit imposing, but remember Jacksonville's last season.
The Jags were making some serious strides late in the campaign, were 8-5 in week 14 and were looking at a legitimate playoff bid. Yet, they yielded almost 90 points in their final three games, lost them all and finished at .500 for the year.
The Jaguars need help in many areas but none of them are crucial.
They helped themselves greatly with last year's draft, and the new talent should start to show in their sophomore seasons.
The young receiving corps, led by Mike Sims-Walker, showed they could create separation, but don't rule out the Jags picking up a unique wideout if one is available in the middle rounds.
Shaky play from QB David Garrard throughout the season was one reason for the collapse. With a plethora of promising second-tier quarterbacks available, don't be surprised if Jax nabs one (though they should have taken hometown favorite Tim Tebow last season.)
With an aging Rashean Mathis anchoring a rather under-classed CB squad, the secondary will probably be where the Jags strike first. Though I don't see a big-time corner or safety available mid-first round, there may be a few at the tail end or into the second.
How do the Jags handle the draft?
Ultimately, I think Jacksonville will go for the best available defensive player available, assuming they don't trade up or down, which is characteristic of the Jaguars.
There is plenty of good middle D-line talent around the Jags' No. 16 pick; it is doubtful Da'Quan Bowers will slip a few spots as Jacksonville hopes, but that is why they hold the draft each year.
Other prospects the Jags could bring in would be DE Robert Quinn from UNC or DE J.J. Watt from Wisconsin, whom I feel would be the better pick. Only TCU was able to effectively contain him; the adjustments he needs to make with his vision and hands will come quickly with the speed of the NFL.
Watt was at or near the top in all categories for a defensive lineman at the combine, posting Top-5 scores in all the speed tests, bench press and broad jump; he was first in the vertical leap.
Back to the QB—could the Jags' need for a passer outweigh their defense desires? At pick 16, it will clearly be too late for Cam Newton and Blaine Gabbert, but Jake Locker could be an interesting pick up for Jacksonville.