Jacksonville Jaguars 2013 NFL Draft: Team needs and potential solutions

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert (11) takes a knee after a sack by Indianapolis Colts free safety Antoine Bethea (not pictured) during the fourth quarter at EverBank Field. Indianapolis defeated Jacksonville 27-10. (Douglas Jones-USA TODAY Sports)

The NFL is ever changing. With injuries, free agency, contract disputes and various other factors looming, players are always looking to upgrade their situation, and teams are always looking to upgrade their personnel. While free agency is a good place to start, the NFL Draft is where a front office ultimately builds the future of their franchise.

With the NFL offseason kicking into full gear, we have taken a look into each NFL team’s needs and possible solutions. Here’s a rundown of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

    1. Quarterback: It was obvious last year that Blaine Gabbert was a lemon. Given his fear of getting hit, sub-par football IQ and poor attitude, he was destined to fail. It’s obvious that Jacksonville needs to find a franchise quarterback. Tim Tebow has been linked to the team (don’t rule him out just yet even though new GM David Caldwell said he has no desire to bring him in), and despite hemolytic ESPN groupthink, he would be a massive upgrade.
    2. Defensive End: Jacksonville had the fewest sacks in the NFL this past season. Jeremy Mincey had a down year, while second-round rookie Andre Branch seems to be yet another Gene Smith bust. Jason Babin was added during the season and actually looked pretty decent in brief action, but the Jaguars can’t bank on him. Damonte Moore will probably be heavily considered at No. 2 overall in the 2013 NFL Draft.
    3. Cornerback: There seems to be something wrong with every Jacksonville cornerback. Derek Cox is an injury-prone free agent. Aaron Ross isn’t any good. Rashean Mathis is old. William Middleton is about to hit the market as well. Sixth-round rookie Mike Harris played decently until Tom Brady exposed him in Week 16. The new front office needs to find a new No. 1 cornerback.
    4. Right Tackle: Cameron Bradfield was overmatched this year. The Jaguars need need to find an upgrade.
    5. Two Outside Linebackers: It’ll definitely be two if Daryl Smith leaves via free agency. Julian Stanford and Russell Allen were both terrible as the two Jacksonville outside linebackers this season. Jarvis Jones is currently the favorite to be the second pick in April’s draft, but a lot can change in the next few months.
We’ve broken down the 2013 NFL Draft needs for all 32 teams.