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Jacksonville Jaguars: 2013 NFL Draft Team Needs

March 6th, 2013 at 10:56 PM
By Donald Lappe

The Jacksonville Jaguars have the No. 2 overall selection in the 2013 NFL Draft after posting a 2-14 record in 2012. As you probably expected, they have a lot of team needs. The Jaguars need help at high-profile positions like quarterback, outside linebacker and defensive end, one of which they need to address with the No. 2 overall selection. Given the nature of the quarterback class in the 2013 NFL Draft, they are probably better off drafting defense.

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The Jacksonville Jaguars seem to have whiffed on Blaine Gabbert, which is always is a huge blow to a franchise. The team has to decide whether to continue with Blaine Gabbert or scrap him and look for another option. The downside to that is the fact that there aren't many great quarterback prospects in the 2013 NFL Draft. It might be a year to draft defense and wait for a better quarterback prospect to come along in the future.

Defensive End: The Jaguars recorded the least sacks in the NFL in 2012. That's a problem. The good news is that there are plenty of pass rushers available between Jarvis Jones, Dion Jordan, Barkevious Mingo and Damontre Moore. If you can't find yourself a quarterback, find a way to pressure the other team's quarterback.

Outside Linebacker: Jarvis Jones could fit here as well. The Jaguars need athleticism in their group of linebackers and Jarvis Jones is a nice fit at No. 2 overall as one of the most talented prospects in the 2013 NFL Draft. But will the Jags be scared off by his spinal stenosis?

Cornerback: Jacksonville needs a No. 1 cornerback. Dee Milliner of Alabama would fit in nicely. If the Jaguars go elsewhere early, they could even make a play for former LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu.

Offensive Line: Right tackle, center and guard stand out as need areas. Those aren't premier positions that will warrant an early pick, but day two and day three of the 2013 NFL Draft should see the Jaguars grabbing some beef to fill out their offensive line. No matter who they decide is going to play quarterback, they need to protect him better than they did in 2012.

Wide Receiver: The Jaguars need help on offense, but they are unlikely to take a wide receiver with the second overall pick. Going into the second round and beyond, Jacksonville needs help at the offensive skill positions. This is more for depth than anything else.

The Jaguars really can't go wrong in the 2013 NFL Draft by drafting best player available. They need help at a lot of different positions. While they should be mindful of their needs later on, Jacksonville needs to collect more talent and should be taking the best player on the board through the first three rounds.

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Tags: Damontre Moore, Dee Milliner, Jacksonville Jaguars, Jarvis Jones, NFL, NFL Draft, Spinal Stenosis, Team Needs, Tyrann Mathieu

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