JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Biggest post-draft questions still to be answered by the Jacksonville Jaguars:
Why no quarterback? After months of speculation, and some reports linking the team to Deshaun Watson in the days before the draft, the Jaguars appear to be sticking with Blake Bortles. They didn’t draft a quarterback and any undrafted free agent they bring in is nothing more than a camp arm, so they’re rolling the dice that he will be better in a make-or-break season. The Jaguars did get him some significant help by taking RB Leonard Fournette in the first round and OT Cam Robinson in the second round. "[Bortles] came in, he’s lean, he’s in shape, [and] it seems like he’s ready to go," coach Doug Marone said. "I’m excited to see him on the field and see him out there throwing."
Did they do enough on the O-line? The Jaguars drafted only one offensive lineman (Robinson) and there remains a hole at left guard. GM Dave Caldwell said Robinson would compete for the starting job at left tackle with Branden Albert, and there’s a possibility he could work at guard if he loses out to Albert. The Jaguars had a chance to add G Dan Feeney in the third round and instead went with DE Dawuane Smoot. They apparently believe they’re set at left guard with Patrick Omameh, whom they re-signed in March. The Jaguars have been the NFL’s worst rushing team (92.1 yards per game) from 2012 to '16 and they needed to get a lot better along the offensive line. Not sure they did. "I don't have a ton of concerns with where that situation is, with the guys that we have," Caldwell said. "I've told you guys this before: The 32 teams, I don't think anybody's completely satisfied with their offensive line. I would say we feel pretty good about ours right now."
Are Jaguars set at tight end? The Jaguars are apparently sitting pat with Marcedes Lewis, signee Mychal Rivera, and 2015 seventh-rounders Ben Koyack and Neal Sterling. Lewis is entering his 12th season and Rivera’s production has steadily declined since he caught a career-high 58 passes in 2014. Jake Butt would have been an interesting selection in Round 4, but the team instead went with WR Dede Westbrook. Butt is coming off a torn ACL, but the team took CB Aaron Colvin in the fourth round in 2014 after he tore his ACL at the Senior Bowl so it wouldn’t have been a reach.
Can Myles Jack handle replacing Paul Posluszny? Jack played just 230 snaps last season as a rookie, but the Jaguars have moved him into the middle. He’ll be responsible for calling the defense, getting players lined up correctly, and communicating changes, which is an area in which Posluszny excelled. Jack was one of the most talented defensive players in the 2016 draft, but he didn’t play enough last season to get a feel for if he’s able to handle the increased duties.