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Rebuilding the Jaguars offense

The Jacksonville Jaguars are going to need to completely rebuild parts of their team in order to be competitive in the future and one area to start is on the offensive side of the ball.


The Jaguars offense has been abysmal much of the season, exploding in some spurts now that Chad Henne is at quarterback, but it's still not something that can be relied on. The offensive line is shaky at best, with holes at multiple positions, and the Jaguars have been snake bit with injuries at the running back and receiver position.

"Fixing" the offense is going to be easy for the Jaguars, but that's mainly because they need to find their quarterback of the future before much else can be figured out.

Free Agency

Will Beatty, OT: The Jaguars offensive line is solid in some spots, but still needs work at places like the right tackle position. Beatty could come in and compete right away for the Jaguars right tackle position and isn't likely going to cost a ton of money in free agency.

Antoine Caldwell, OG: As with Beatty, the Jaguars offensive line isn't settled outside of two positions. Caldwell can come in and compete right away for a starting job at an interior guard position.

Andy Levitre, OG: As with Caldwell, Levitre is a younger player who can come in right away and compete for a job. He's been a solid player for the Bills, starting all four seasons since he was drafted.

Mike Goodson, RB: The Jaguars will need to begin filling in the running back position, whether they keep Maurice Jones-Drew or not.

NFL Draft

Round 1 - Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas: This will look crazy to most people, but I do think the top QB on the board will be muddled as we get close to the draft and teams get into working out players individually. Wilson reminds me a bit of Brett Favre in his style of play and has all the necessary physical tools you want in a quarterback. I feel he'll wind up the top QB in the 2013 draft, even over Geno Smith. You can bring Wilson in and have him compete with Chad Henne and Blaine Gabbert for the starting job.

Round 2 - Tavon Austin, WR, WVU: This is a bit of a luxury pick, but with the concussion issues with Laurent Robinson you don't know if he's going to be able to comeback from suffering four in a season. By this time, Cecil Shorts III and Justin Blackmon should be settled in as the outside wide receivers, giving you the chance to get creative and use Austin in space and down the football field.

Round 3 - Jordan Reed, TE, Florida: The Jaguars have seen Marcedes Lewis emerge once more as Chad Henne works the middle of the football field, but adding a move tight end like Reed to their roster will help quite a bit as they don't really have another viable receiving threat at the tight end position.

Round 4 - Jonathan Franklin, RB, UCLA: The Jaguars need an injection of youth to the running back position and a player like Franklin, who's a bit of a "do everything" guy will help quite a bit going forward. He may not be a full-time NFL back, but he will be able to play in situations.

If the Jaguars were to accomplish all of this, the opening day starting offense will likely look as follows:

WR: Justin Blackmon
WR: Tavon Austin

LT: Eugene Monroe
LG: Andy Levitre
C: Mike Brewster
RG: Uche Nwaneri
RT: Will Beatty
TE: Marcedes Lewis

RB: Maurice Jones-Drew
QB: Tyler Wilson

WR: Cecil Shorts III

With adding spell players like Goodson and Franklin, then someone like Jordan Reed to be utilized as the move-TE the offense offers some explosive qualities if everything holds up.