By Thomas Goodrich
At the end of the 2016 NFL Draft, the hype-train was in full force for the Jacksonville Jaguars. After a very productive, and high-dollar offseason last year, the Jaguars were finally garnering positive attention from the national media. Predictions of a division championship and even the playoffs were being thrown around.
The term “franchise quarterback” was stamped on Blake Bortles by many who believed he had evolved after a big statistical year. Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns were widely recognized as one of the best young receiving duos in the league. The offense was finally built and ready to take the league by storm — or so everyone thought.
Fast forward, to the day before the 2017 draft. A brutal seasson earned another top-5 selection and Jacksonville general manager Dave Caldwell will have yet another chance at righting the ship. This time, however, it will be under the guidance of executive VP of football operations Tom Coughlin.
The Jaguars will have eight selections in Thursday’s draft. That is enough to vastly improve this team. After yet another aggressive offseason, this draft could be what stands between Jacksonville and relevance in the AFC South. For that to happen, the following areas must be...