Last season, Jacksonville made a run at the division only to drop its last three games, two to division foes Indianapolis and Houston.
Even though the Jags ranked 3rd in the league in rushing offense, their late season swoon underlined their deficiencies and needs.
Some people thought the Jags really gambled in last years draft taking Cal’s defensive lineman Tyson Alualu with the 10th overall pick. They also got Aaron Kampman from the Packers in hopes of getting an infusion of new pass rush talent that was last in the league in 2009.
Because it never materialized, the Jags might look to the deep list of defensive lineman in this year’s draft.
Picking at 16 it is unlikely that one of the top corners would drop to them and it is too early to take someone from what is considered a weak Safety pool.
Clearly, defense is where the Jags need to go. Not only do they have to face Payton Manning and Matt Schuab twice each year, but this year the Jags will also face Drew Brees, Matt Ryan, Josh Freeman, Ben Rothlesberger, Joe Flacco and Phillip Rivers.
Finally, picking at 16 might also present Jacksonville with an intriguing dilemma should one of the top QB’s fall to them testing their conviction in current starter David Garrard.