It was a very bad year for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2012 as the team lost running back Maurice Jones-Drew early in the season to a foot injury after Jones-Drew held out during training camp. Jacksonville finished with a 2-14 record and now sits with the No. 2 pick in April’s National Football League draft. The Jaguars have many places where they can improve but I think the most logical spot would be on the offensive line.
I think Jacksonville should draft Luke Joeckel and plug him in the left tackle to protect whoever Jacksonville has at quarterback in 2013. Joeckel is a monster at 6-6 and 310 pounds and could provide blind side protection along with creating holes for Jones-Drew to run through. Jacksonville has to wait to see if Joeckel will be available though as he is a junior and has yet to commit to the draft. Jacksonville has the running game and the wide receivers to make their offense work in 2013 but just needs more protection for their quarterback in a very tough AFC South.
Jacksonville I’m sure could think quarterback as well with players like Geno Smith, if he isn’t taken with the top pick or Mike Glennon at the top of the list. The Jaguars just drafted a franchise quarterback a few years ago in Blaine Gabbert but Gabbert hasn’t lived up to his potential so Jacksonville could be looking again. The Jaguars could also decide to sign Tim Tebow in the offseason and if that happens, any offensive line helps that the team can get would be great. That’s why Joeckel has to be the pick at No. 2 for Jacksonville.
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