JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars have the third pick in the second round Friday night and they should use it on an offensive lineman.
The team did little to upgrade the line in free agency and the draft the last two seasons. The The Jaguars failed to draft a lineman in 2016 and declined to sign center Alex Mack or guard Kelechi Osemele, both of whom made the Pro Bowl. They drafted guard A.J. Cann in the third round in 2015, and he had a solid rookie season before struggling in 2016.
The Jaguars traded for left tackle Branden Albert in March, but he is not attending voluntary workouts because he reportedly wants a new contract. Interior linemen Patrick Omameh and Earl Watford were signed in March, too, but neither is an established starter.
The Jaguars have averaged the fewest rushing yards per game (92.1) in the NFL over the past five seasons. They've rushed for just 57 touchdowns since 2010, which is the fewest in the NFL over that span. They ran for 13 the past two seasons, but five of those came from quarterback Blake Bortles.
So it certainly would be a surprise if the Jaguars don't select an offensive lineman with the 35th overall pick. Here are some options, listed by order in Mel Kiper's list of best available prospects:
Forrest Lamp: He's regarded as the best interior lineman in the draft, though he started the past four seasons at left tackle for Western Kentucky. The Jaguars can drop him in at left guard immediately.
Cam Robinson: The former Alabama tackle would likely start his career in Jacksonville as a guard. Jaguars executive VP of football ops Tom Coughlin and head coach Doug Marrone traveled to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to work out Robinson last week, so there is some serious interest.
Dion Dawkins: He started three seasons at left tackle for Temple, but his NFL future is inside. Scouts say he has great awareness of stunts and does a good job passing off and picking up rushers.
Which one will the Jaguars draft? It depends who is available. Green Bay and Seattle have the first two picks in the second round. The Packers are unlikely to take an offensive lineman (running back, possibly?), but the Seahawks may.
Best guess: Lamp goes to Seattle and the Jaguars end up with Robinson.