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Defensive Linemen Top Jacksonville Jaguars Draft Board

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Maurice Jones-Drew runs past Julius Peppers, but the Jags aren't making it to the playoffs without big additions to the defense. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
Maurice Jones-Drew runs past Julius Peppers, but the Jags aren't making it to the playoffs without big additions to the defense. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

We can see that the Jacksonville Jaguars haven't been very active in free agency. While some fans and local media bring attention to the lack of fresh faces coming to Jacksonville, we should be more intrigued by the old faces being let go and what that means for the future of this franchise.

The rebuilding phase has begun and it is clear general manager David Caldwell and head coach Gus Bradley have decided that the path toward building a championship organization is through youth and the draft.

Veteran fullback Greg Jones left town for divisional foe Houston and other former starters have been shown the door.  Those moves seem consistent with the front office rhetoric:  If the draft is the blueprint, then the Jags better hope their GM Caldwell is one heck of an architect. 

The Jaguars will likely have more turnover on the roster here in the next few weeks heading into the draft, but the focus will have to shift from the exits to the front door, where potential top pick out of Texas A&M, Offensive Tackle Luke Joeckel, was welcomed earlier on Thursday.

Meeting with Joeckel and other high-profile rookie prospects like Dion Jordan, a hybrid defensive end out of Oregon, show that Bradley and Caldwell are serious about their plans to use the draft as the springboard to success.  Those guys might not jump off the screen as play-makers like a quarterback or wide receiver might, but strong offensive and defensive lines are the cornerstones to any winning team.

The QB position in Jacksonville is still unresolved, so expect Caldwell to draft one, but it seems unlikely the Jags would take Geno Smith at #2.  The Jags need a franchise quarterback, but if Joeckel and Jordan are anything like former Jaguar greats Tony Boselli and Tony Brackens, a QB will have to wait.  After sub-par drafts, countless busts and wasted cap space, it's time the Jaguars found themselves a play-maker.