Three and out: Jacksonville Jaguars' 2018 NFL draft needs, prospect fits
In the build-up to the 2018 draft, USA TODAY Sports will take a look at each NFL team's situation and needs.
1. When the Jags decided not to use the franchise tag on Allen Robinson and later released Allen Hurns, it left a void at the wide receiver position. Jacksonville does have young pass catchers, but they still need another — preferably big — target.
Advice: Many of Jacksonville’s receivers are shorter and suited for the slot, so Texas A&M’s Christian Kirk (5-10) and Maryland’s DJ Moore (6-0) probably aren’t great fits. Alabama’s Calvin Ridley will likely be gone when the Jaguars pick 29th. SMU’s Courtland Sutton, who's 6-3, could be available in the first or second round and would make sense. Notre Dame's Equanimeous St. Brown (6-5, 214) seems like a tantalizing Day 2 option.
2. Jacksonville shored up the left side of its offensive line with the acquisition of free agent guard Andrew Norwell. But the Jaguars need more depth on the right side. Tackle or guard are both in play, so a versatile skill is a bonus.
Advice: If GM David Caldwell opts to spend a first rounder on a blocker, Texas' Connor Williams, Georgia's Isaiah Wynn or UCLA’s Kolton Miller could be targets. It’s unlikely that Notre Dame’s Mike McGlinchey falls to No. 29, but he's the choice if he does. Mississippi State’s Martinas Rankin and Louisville’s Geron Christian will likely be on the board in the draft's second day.
3. MLB Paul Posluszny retired, leaving a hole in one of the league's best young defenses.
Advice: Boise State’s Leighton Vander Esch or Alabama's Rashaan Evans would be the best bets in the first round. Otherwise, there's not a deep pool of inside linebackers. Vanderbilt’s Oren Burks, Iowa’s Josey Jewell and Alabama’s Shaun Dion Hamilton could all be mid-to-late-round picks.
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