As the season goes on, it seems we get closer and closer to the 1st overall pick in the 2014 draft. With a tough schedule, chances we get that pick are large. The obvious choice would be to take a quarterback, and I'd be damned if the Jaguars didn't. But hypothetically speaking, let's just say they take Teddy Bridgewater or whoever. Now what?
The direction they could go after taking a quarterback could go many ways. Luke Joeckel is arguably the best OT and his progression is key. Austin Pasztor has been a pleasant surprise. Improving the interior of the offensive line could be one way to go, but there aren't many good interior lineman outside of the 1st round. Trading up isn't the best option as statistics would suggest, but we do have a surplus of picks. Our 2nd round pick is basically a late round 1st if you like to think of it that way, so swooping an interior lineman that falls shouldn't be too hard. Oh yeah and Will Rackley sucks ass.
Another way Jacksonville could go is to improve the defensive line. Andre Branch had his first good game of the season (finally) but consistency is a key factor. I still think he sucks. Jason Babin isn't putting up stellar numbers and is getting older. He may be gone next season. Roy Miller doesn't really show up on the stat sheet and has only played OK. Sen'Derrick Marks has been solid all year and has earned himself an extension. Tyson Alualu has been OK, too. The Jaguars could a lot of different ways with improving the D-Line. Free agency is one option, but there are many dynamic defensive lineman in the draft. Either way there is risk warranted with each move. Or any move for that matter.
Linebackers are fun. The new age linebackers that run as fast as running backs but can still lay some lumber. Fun. Jacksonville doesn't have one of those, though. And will be looking for one in the draft. My definition of a new age linebacker is Seattle's Bobby Wagner. Or Seattle's whole Linebacking core. Finding a fast linebacker that can cover some grounds and still have a role in the run game is key. Paul Posluszny is a great tackler. Problem is, he's limited. He can stop the run but he offers little in the pass coverage. Geno Hayes has been a let down even though he's playing decent. Russell Allen is a solid, versatile player. Lots and lots of these dynamic, new age linebackers. And finding one shouldn't be hard, either.
Even if we do retain Maurice Jones-Drew chances are if we like a running back, we take him. The Seattle Seahawks drafted running backs consecutive years (Robert Turbin, Christine Michael) although they have Marshawn Lynch locked up for the next couple of years. It wouldn't hurt to add pieces to either the receiving core or secondary, but neither are pressing needs. There are a lot of talented TE's in this draft and you can typically find a good one mid-late rounds. Special teams is fine. Kickoff/Punting unit could be better though. Fullback isn't a position to worry about so, yeah. Keep in mind that Jacksonville has a surplus of picks and will have the flexibility to expend said picks for a player or to move up.
Well, there you go. Haven't posted in a while so it would be nice to get feedback. Thanks.