5 NFL Draft Prospects Who Could Be Instant Starters For Jacksonville Jaguars

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5 NFL Draft Prospects Who Could Be Instant Starters For Jacksonville Jaguars

Jacksonville Jaguars
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The Jacksonville Jaguars will be a major team to look for in this year's draft. Not only do the Jaguars have a high draft pick this year, but the team is looking for a superstar who could dispel the notion that Jacksonville might move to another city. With plenty of needs and a lack of talent on both sides of the ball, any and all scenarios are plausible for this franchise. There is a good group of players in this year's draft who could fill this role and lead the Jaguars to some success in 2014.

Jacksonville was last in the league in points per game with only 15.4 and ranked 28th defensively giving up 28.1 points per game. Given these statistics, it is still difficult to comprehend how this team won four games.

The Jaguars were competitive in most of their games under first-year coach Gus Bradley, but being competitive is something that all teams should at least possess. With a full year to review what needs to be done, Bradley can finally implement his version of the Seattle Seahawks' blueprint. Bradley did some of this already by drafting young defensive backs, but the coach still needs an NFL-caliber quarterback and some playmakers on offense.

Aside from running back Maurice Jones-Drew, the Jaguars don't have a lot of high priority free agents the team has to keep. Jones-Drew is likely to be gone this year as the Jaguars look to get younger across the board. With the Jaguars nearly $30 million under the cap, the team can aggressively pursue free agents who want to play for a high-spirited head coach and a franchise that needs winners.

Any and every strategy is available to both Bradley and GM David Caldwell as they try to build one of the least talented rosters into a respectable franchise. Free agency can only go so far as the Jaguars would have to rely on other teams' lost or damaged goods. That is why the Jaguars must hit big in the 2014 NFL Draft.

With the No. 3 pick overall, the Jaguars could trade back to acquire more picks or select the best player available which the team could use at every position. With a roster full of draft busts under the previous regime and castoffs who have passed their prime, the Jaguars have the opportunity to be the most improved team in the NFL in terms of talent.

These are the top five prospects who can be instant starters for Jacksonville in 2014.

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5. Cyril Richardson, OL, Baylor

Cyril Richardson
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The offensive line of the Jaguars, outside of last year's first-round pick Luke Joeckel, would not have a starter on all of the 31 other NFL teams.

A pick like Baylor offensive lineman Cyril Richardson in the second or third round would give the Jaguars a much-needed upgrade at a position of weakness and give the team one of the best offensive linemen in this year's draft.

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4. Ed Reynolds, DB, Stanford

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The Jaguars started to upgrade their secondary last year with draft picks Johnathan Cyprien and Dwayne Gratz, but this unit still needs more.

Current starter Dwight Lowery is a fill-in player at best who is not capable of being a 16-game starter. That's why a player like Stanford safety Ed Reynolds in the third or fourth round would further complete Jacksonville's plan to build a great secondary.

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3. Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State

Ryan Shazier
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The Jaguars linebacking corps is also one of the worst units in the NFL. The only capable player is middle linebacker Paul Posluszny, but he has some mileage to him and I don't expect him to be around much longer.

In Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier, the Jaguars would get a second or third-round pick who has first-round talent to be a day one starter over guys like Russell Allen and Geno Hayes.

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2. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington

Austin Seferian-Jenkins
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Current Jaguars tight end Marcedes Lewis is not expected to be back with the team as the tight end has been a major disappointment on a struggling offense along with a bad contract worthy of release in 2014.

In Washington tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, the Jaguars would also get a first-round talent for a player expected to go in the middle rounds. The tight end unit is so thin in Jacksonville that Jenkins would have to start for Jacksonville in 2014.

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1. Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville

Teddy Bridgewater
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The Jacksonville Jaguars have not had a franchise quarterback since the days of Mark Brunell.

There are three great choices for the Jaguars to upgrade their ever-struggling quarterback position. In Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater, the Jaguars would get the most accurate QB of this year's draft and would stop the days of Chad Henne and Blaine Gabbert behind center.


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