JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The draft is nearly five months away, but it's not too early to start breaking things down. That's what Steve Muench of Scouts Inc. did for the AFC South.
He discusses each team, lists their top three needs and provides a list of players worth keeping an eye on at each of those positions. Here's a snippet of what Muench writes about the Jaguars.
If the Jaguars don't take a quarterback, they need to improve their pass rush and add an offensive tackle who can start opposite 2013 second-overall pick Luke Joeckel so they would do well to land [Jadeveon] Clowney, [Anthony] Barr or [Jake] Matthews. Like Houston, the Jaguars could then target a quarterback like UCLA's Brett Hundley in the second round.
I don't agree with Muench when he lists the Jaguars' top three needs, though. I'm in agreement on Nos. 1 and 2 -- quarterback and defensive end -- but Muench lists offensive tackle as No. 3. I'd list outside linebacker, interior offensive line and possibly receiver ahead of offensive tackle.
Joeckel solidifies things at left tackle and the Jaguars should be able to get by with Austin Pasztor/Cameron Bradfield at right tackle for another season. The Jaguars don't have playmakers at linebacker (other than Paul Posluszny in the middle) and they need to upgrade there. Geno Hayes has been solid but he had three pass breakups and two interceptions and didn't force or recover a fumble.
The Jaguars were next to last in total offense and rushing in 2013 and need to upgrade the interior of the offense, which is something they'll most likely do in free agency. If that's the case, then the Jaguars should try to add a big, physical receiver. Cecil Shorts is a solid No. 2 receiver and there's so much uncertainty surrounding Justin Blackmon's status for 2014. The Jaguars have a slew of receivers 6-foot-1 or smaller. It's time to add a bigger receiver.