Jacksonville Jaguars Must Address Pass Rush Need In First Round

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After finishing the 2012 season with a horrible 2-14 record, the Jacksonville Jaguars have several needs that could be addressed in the upcoming NFL Draft.

The Jaguars most pressing need is at the quarterback position, but there is an absence of elite talent at that position meaning they will have to look to address another need with the second pick. While there are several different prospects that the Jaguars will be considering, they must focus on finding a player who can help improve their league worst pass rush.

Simply put, pass rush is the Jaguars second biggest need outside of quarterback and it should be the only position they are considering in the first round. There are a few different players that flashed the elite athleticism and versatility that the new Jaguars coaching staff is searching for during the NFL Combine. Players like Dion Jordan, Barkevious Mingo and Ezekiel Ansah would be excellent players for the Jaguars new LEO position that specializes in rushing the passer. The Jaguars could even consider players like Sheldon Richardson or Sharrif Floyd if they are looking for a pass rushing presence on the inside of their defensive line.

There are other positions the Jaguars could address with their first-round pick, but none of them make sense given the depth available in this draft. Some fans would like to see the Jaguars pick left tackle Luke Joeckel, but the Jaguars already have one of the best left tackles in the league in Eugene Monroe. Drafting Joeckel with the second pick would essentially be taking a shot a filling a need at right tackle which would not be good value or make much sense. Monroe is in the final year of his contract and if the Jaguars try and slide him over to right tackle he will almost certainly leave next year when he becomes a free agent, leaving the Jaguars with the same hole at right tackle next offseason.

The way this draft is setting up, picking up a pass rusher in the first round is the only thing that makes sense for the Jaguars this year.


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