Thursday, April 26, 2012
Jaguars' overlooked need: O-line
By Paul Kuharsky
A pass-rushing defensive end and a play-making receiver are very clearly at the forefront of what the Jaguars need in order to improve.
But as we’ve talked about quarterback Blaine Gabbert’s rookie struggles, we talked about two big contributing factors -- his lack of playmakers and his insufficient protection.
They added Laurent Robinson and Lee Evans as free agent wideouts and are sure to draft one high. But there should be an offensive lineman coming in the early rounds, too.
Eben Britton’s return from a back issue should help and Will Rackley should be better in his second year. But it would be great if one or both could be challenged at right tackle and left guard, respectively. Neither is a sure thing at this point.
Brad Meester is in his 13th year and the team should have a succession plan at center in place too.
The Jaguars have long looked to be a big, physical team that can wear down an opponent. It makes sense with Maurice Jones-Drew in the backfield.
Mike Mularkey held over Jack Del Rio’s line coach, Andy Heck. Heck should have a bit more to work with after the draft.