With the all of the Draft talk recently I figured we should look at the roster and instead of pointing out all of the holes that this roster has, look at some positions that might be considered strengths or at the very least serviceable. Caldwell has said he will draft by need early in the draft so these would be the positions that I think he will avoid early. Here are these positions:
Wide Receiver: The Jaguars have quickly seen their WR unit go from one team's worst unit (Thomas, Hill, Dillard, and West in 2011) to the team's strongest unit entering 2013. Though I would not classify the unit as a great group, as the still have work to do, they do however have loads of potential and youth on their side. Led by Cecil Shorts and Justin Blackmon, the Jaguars finally have two quality starting WRs as well as two solid back-up WRs. Jordan Shipley offers a quality slot option and as he proved last season is a reliable target who works hard. Recently added Mohamed Massaquoi, or MoMass for short, is an extremely underrated signing in my book. MoMass was asked to be to "the guy" in Cleveland for his first few years and combined with some injuries; he never was able to live up to the hype. In Jacksonville he will be a back-up option most likely coming in on 3WR sets or to serve as the deep option. He is an excellent route runner, blocker and has good speed. MoMass compliments Shorts and Blackmon very well. These four WRs made a solid core to build around considering they are all under contract for the next two years at least and all have relatively small contracts. Add in a UDFA or late round pick to the mix and the Jaguars will have plenty of solid targets for whoever is the QB in September.
Defensive Tackle: This position is far from great or maybe even good but as of right now it has potential and is serviceable compared to other units. The Jaguars did some house cleaning at DT to start this offseason with the release of CJ Mosley and by letting Terrance Knighton walk to Denver. The Jaguars however added two new players which I honestly think are an improvement over the previously mentioned two for a few reasons. First the Jaguars added Roy Miller. Underrated as one of the cornerstones of Tampa Bay's top run defense last season, Miller fills the nose-shade or 1 -tech role in Bradley's defense perfectly. He is a space eater who will be a perfect run stopper and anchor the new defense inside. The addition of Sen'Derrick Marks is also a solid addition as he offers depth and has flashed great ability in Tennessee. A change of scenery and some good coaching could greatly help Marks as he has flashed talent but never put it all together. Though he will most likely be a rotational player in Jacksonville, he offers starting experience and great potential. The Jaguars still have Alualu who might work out a lot better in the new scheme as a 3-tech in Bradley's defense. Alualu improved his play a little more last year after recovering from the knee injury. He is still a serviceable starter. The biggest reason I list this position as a position of strength is that we have three quality DTs all 26 or younger. They have a lot to prove but they have youth and potential.
Running Back: As long as the Jaguars have Maurice Jones-Drew headlining its RB unit, it will continue to be an area of strength. Even though MJD spent most of the 2012 season injured he looks to be ready to return for the start of this season and that is a great sign for the Jaguars. MJD will be MJD hopefully again this season. The biggest change however is the Jaguars seemed to have finally found a solid back-up for MJD. Last year Jennings was a disappointment when given the starting role so finding another capable back-up was a priority. Justin Forsett was added on a two year deal and I think he is the perfect back-up for the Jaguars. Forsett is familiar with Bradley from Seattle and showed last year that he is a capable RB when he took over as Arian Foster's primary back-up. Forsett also is good friends with MJD which should only benefit the both of them. Also on the roster still are RBs Todman and Murphy who looked decent at times at the end of last season. The two of them will compete for the 3rd RB role and the winner will offer solid depth.
Special Teams: Obviously this position is not the most important but none the less, it is a position of strength. The Jaguars have one of the top kicker's in Josh Scobee who has an amazing 91% FGs made percentage over the past two seasons. Though we all still complain about spending a 3rd round pick on a punter, Bryan Anger has actually was one of the top punters last season. Regardless of draft position, he was the lone Jaguars to get an All Pro vote. Also helping the Jaguars Special Teams unit is Montell Owens who is recovering from injury but should be back for the season. Owens has been to the Pro Bowl twice in the last three years for his work on Special Teams. The Jaguars do however still need to find a reliable KR/PR though newly added Forsett has experience there and could taking over that role. Overall the Jaguars have a solid special teams unit in place and should not (fingers crossed) be using a high pick on this unit.
In summary I think we will see the Jaguars avoid drafting these positions though defensive tackle is a position I could see them drafting on Day 2 if they can add someone of value. With the addition of Miller and Marks I think the Jaguars avoid DT at #2 (Floyd or Star) simply because if Caldwell is sticking to need as he claims, there are plenty of bigger holes to fill then DT now. The good news for fans whoever is that contrary to most media outlets, the Jaguars have strengths and have players they can build around. Granted the roster still needs a lot of work, but it isn't all bad.