Team Needs

Offseason Needs: Jacksonville Jaguars

1. Defensive End
The Jacksonville Jaguars sent eight different defensive ends onto the field in 2012 in an effort to find someone who could get to the quarterback. All eight men failed, which means significant changes are coming this offseason. This will likely be the position the address with the No. 2 overall pick, potentially targeting Bjoern Werner or Damontre Moore.

2. Offensive Line
Eugene Monroe has developed into a strong left tackle, but he can’t keep Blaine Gabbert on his feet by himself. Cameron Bradfield and Guy Whimper tried, and failed, to win the right tackle job this season and a new face will likely be added to the mix this offseason. The could also be looking for a new center if 35-year-old Brad Meester is not re-signed.

3. Wide Receiver
Justin Blackmon will be expected to take the next step in his sophomore year, but more help is needed. Cecil Shorts has shown some promise, but he is better suited to play in the slot. If the Jaguars could add another flanker to pair with Blackmon on the outside, their receiving corps would start to look promising.

Note: I intentionally left quarterback off this list. Yes, Blaine Gabbert has struggled but we have to remember that he entered after his junior year when no one believed he was actually ready. The Jaguars mishandled him as a rookie which likely stunted his development. He deserves another year before being labeled a bust.

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Offseason Needs: Kansas City Chiefs

1. Quarterback
The Kansas City Chiefs could certainly survive another season with Matt Cassel if necessary. He’s proven to be capable of managing the game when surrounded with talent. But the Chiefs should still enter this offseason with the goal of finding their future franchise quarterback. Geno Smith is the early favorite to go No. 1 overall and will likely become Andy Reid’s long-term project at quarterback.

2. Defensive End
The Chiefs had one of the most ineffective defensive lines in the all of football last year. Former first-round picks Tyson Jackson and Glenn Dorsey could each be gone by the time the draft rolls around. Dorsey is an unrestricted free agent and is unlikely to be re-signed. Jackson is coming off a disappointing season and is due to earn over $14 million in 2013, making him a prime candidate to be released.

3. Wide Receiver
Whether it’s Matt Cassel or Geno Smith at quarterback, the Chiefs have to find some more weapons for their signal caller. Dwayne Bowe is an unrestricted free agent and is unlikely to re-sign. Former first-round pick Jonathan Baldwin has been disappointing through his first two seasons and needs a breakout year to avoid the bust label.

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