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Early this week I invited you to join me in playing a little fantasy football and asked this: If the Jacksonville Jaguars could add any one player in the NFL, who would the best choice be?
Response from Jaguars faithful -- hello, anyone out there? -- was minimal, I must confess.
Here's a small sampling, and by sampling I mean virtually everything useable I got in comments or the mailbag.
A.J. from Sioux Falls, S.D.: Haynesworth would be great to reestablish that menacing run defense that the Jags made their name on in years past. But what about Michael Crabtree, which seems a little more realistic considering the Jags spot in the draft. He could finally give Garrard a downfield threat, making life easier for the resurgent Matt Jones and the always dangerous MJD.
tglasser31: Jordan Gross is a very real possibility for free agent acquisition. If a left tackle is drafted, gross could eventually move to the right side.
edo0725: I would have to say they would pick up a dominant DT. Hopefully that would inspire John Henderson but also it would help their young pass rushers they drafted last year. I've heard a lot of talk about how they need secondary help, but I feel that if they can get their D-line back to its old form they are actually a pretty strong bunch. Their offense was not very good this year but with a dominant defense i think it would do the job. Get rid of Porter and other then that its a very similar group to the one that won the playoff game last year. He does not get a lot of media attention but pay attention to Mike Walker at WR he has a lot of potential. Both him and Brandon Marshal came out of UCF but Walker was the better of the two in college before he missed time for a knee injury. Obviously college is way different then the NFL but still I think the potential is there. Pick up somebody like Haynesworth then use the #8 pick on a LT and I think the Jags are in solid shape to at least fight for a wild card spot. That being said they are most def not going after any big free agents this year.
SQclosers09: The Jags need a WR like Larry Fitzgerald, so their QB has a decent receiver to throw to. The current WR's are garbage or getting ready to go to jail for drugs......
The Jaguars would benefit from a big-play receiver like Fitzgerald or Steve Smith. A dominant interior lineman like Albert Haynesworth might help get John Henderson back on track and return the team to an identity it loved when it was Marcus Stroud and Henderson in the middle. And a lockdown corner like Nnamdi Asomugha would certainly help them slow division opponents like Reggie Wayne and Andre Johnson.
All indications are the Jaguars believe that their rebuild has to start with a refortification of their lines and because of how important their run-first mentality is to their offense, I'm looking to that side of the ball. I'm a believer that when a bad team has a lot of needs, it's hard to argue against a stud left tackle. Khalif Barnes is not coming back and Richard Collier is, unfortunately, not part of the plan any longer.
I think Gross will be re-signed or franchised in Carolina.
In the AFC South Blog's Plus One, the Jaguars select Jordan Gross.