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Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Jaguars blind spot: Linemen

By Paul Kuharsky

Every team in the league has some sort of blind spot when it schemes to the draft: A position it can’t resist or won’t touch, a spot where there is always need, a round that’s an extra high hurdle.

Today we’ll strive to examine one biggie for each team.

Jacksonville Jaguars -- linemen

General manager Gene Smith is a foundation builder and believes in stocking the lines first. In his first two drafts calling the shots, he’s taken seven linemen, accounting for 47 percent of his selections.

Even with all of those picks, the team still needs a pass-rushing defensive end, who will likely cost them a high pick, and an interior offensive lineman as they plan for life after Brad Meester. Calling linemen a blind spot may be a bit of a misnomer, but clearly they’ve put a premium on the spots and it’s meant that the secondary and the offensive weaponry have not gotten the attention they deserve.

Supplementing some of those spots in free agency could help balance things out.

The lesson: One more guy on each line in this draft is fine, but otherwise they need to be shifting focus to the defensive backfield, to quarterback and to playmakers at receiver.