Prior to the legal tampering period, which started yesterday, it appeared that the Jaguars would be a likely landing spot for three time Pro Bowl center Alex Mack. It made sense as the Jaguars need a starting center and Alex Mack agreed to come to Jax two years ago prior to the Browns blocking his move.
It now appears that a new team has become the front runner in the Alex Mack sweepstakes. According to Jason Cole of Bleacher Report the Falcons are now heavily interested in Mack, while the Jags have backed off.
What does this mean for the Jags?
It likely means that the Jaguars will now pursue a guard instead of a center, opting to move Brandon Linder or A.J. Cann to center, both of whom played center at times in college. Luckily, for the Jags there are several quality guards on the market. Jeff Allen from Kansas City emerged as a talented interior lineman last year and earned a positive grade from Pro Football Focus in both or running and passing situations. He stands at 6’4’’ and weighs in at just over 300 pounds. Allen, who is only 26, would be a good get for the Jaguars and likely will not break the bank (no one will break Shad’s piggy bank). Then there’s Kelechi Osemele who like Allen is only 26. Osemele will likely be the highest paid guard in this years free agent crop. He is a dominant run blocker and is an above average pass protector. He is a behemoth of a man standing 6’5’’ and weighing in at over 330 pounds. Osemele will cost a pretty penny, but could be worth it for a Jags team that is looking to establish more of a run game in 2016.
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