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2013 NFL Draft: Updated Jaguars needs

After taking a right tackle in the first round, the Jaguars will need to add defensive talent in the second day.

After selecting Luke Joeckel, the Jaguars addressed possibly the most gaping hole on the roster, by filling the right tackle position. Entering the second day of the 2013 NFL Draft, the Jaguars still have many holes to fill, primarily on the defensive side after the team finished last in the NFL in sacks in 2012 and is devoid of starters in the secondary.

The following are what I consider to be the three biggest needs for the Jaguars after addressing right tackle in the first round:

Strong safety: While it's a position that is perhaps easier to fill than cornerback and could probably done in the later rounds, it's definitely a spot that has no logical fill for 2013 right now. Gus Bradley made that clear during his pre-Draft press conference, telling reporters that the team has no strong safety on the roster, which is concerning for a coach who had a very valuable role for Kam Chancellor during his time with the Seahawks.

Cornerback: Unlike the strong safety position, the Jaguars at least have players at the position, but they can't be too excited about Kevin Rutland, Alan Ball and Mike Harris all battling for starting spots. Bradley valued lengthy cornerbacks during his time with the Seahawks and will likely want to target guys that can come in and start right away.

Pass rusher: The Jaguars have reason to be hopeful that they can get a pass rush going with guys like Andre Branch and Jason Babin rotating at LEO, but at the end of the day, this same unit finished the 2012 season with just 20 sacks. The addition of talented pass rushers is a necessary move for the Jaguars as they tradition to the 3-4/4-3 hybrid-style defense that Bradley ran in Seattle.

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