The Jaguars have the fourth pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. What will they do?
Following a loss to the Colts in which the Jaguars lead the game 17-0 in the season finale, the Jaguars are locked in with the number four overall pick. They’re behind only the Browns, 49ers, and Bears. Each of the three teams selecting before the Jaguars could be in the market for a quarterback with their fist pick, which would make it very easy for the Jaguars to get their hands on the guy they covet most come the evening of April 27th.
So what will the Jaguars do when they are on the clock with the number four pick?
Some would certainly like to see the Jaguars draft a new quarterback, following a very difficult third season for the Jaguars current starting quarterback Blake Bortles. But at this point that doesn't seem very likely as Bortles actually played well to end the season and the man who drafted him, Dave Caldwell, is still in charge of Jaguars personnel decisions.
Perhaps a better strategy is to look at the some other positions that were deficient for the Jaguars in 2017.
Running back - The Jaguars running backs were quite frankly one of the biggest disappointments in 2017. With the addition of Chris Ivory and the return of T.J. Yeldon many believed the Jaguars rushing attack was destined for big things in 2016, but it never materialized. Could the Jaguars look to bolster this group with their fourth overall pick? If so Leonard Fournette or Dalvin Cook could be the answer.
Pass Rush - The Jaguars made big strides in 2016 towards becoming an effective pass rushing team, but there was far too much inconsistency, so one more great pass rusher could be the answer. There are two special guys at the top of the draft. Myles Garrett and Johnathan Allen could both be available when the Jaguars select and either would be great additions to an already talented group of pass rushers.
The Jaguars have selected in the top five in each season since Dave Caldwell took over. They’ve selected a left tackle, quarterback, pass rusher, and cornerback. Could he go back to the offensive line in this draft to try and fill the void created by Luke Joeckel never developing into what you would expect from a second overall pick?
At this point, there are more questions than answers for the Jaguars.
And who ever is hired to be the Jaguars next head coach will certainly have an impact on who the Jags select on April 27th.
Stay tuned for more!
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