After adding Lawrence to the fold, some may expect the Jaguars to build more on offense. In truth, they don’t necessarily need to. They could add a left tackle to eventually replace Cam Robinson, but other than that, they are relatively set on the offensive side.
On defense, it’s a different story. The once-proud Sacksonville stop unit doesn’t have much pop left and will need upgrades at all levels of the defense to return to their heyday. But most importantly, they need to continue to add to their defensive line.
You could make a case for several different players here. Christian Barmore and Jaelen Phillips both make sense, but since Jacksonville has a pick at the beginning of the second round, they can afford to swing for the fences here and go with Jayson Oweh.
The statistics on Oweh last season may not look too impressive. He had 38 tackles, 6.5 TFL, and zero sacks. However, he generated more pressure than the numbers indicate and is one of the most athletic pass rushers in this year’s class.
Oweh is just under 6-foot-5, 257 pounds, yet he was able to blaze a 4.37 time in the 40-yard dash. That’s unfathomably fast considering his size. He also put up a sub-7-second 3-cone drill time and jumped out of the gym. He’s fast, he’s explosive, he’s long. The only thing he didn’t have is the production.
The Jaguars can afford to swing for the fences here. Oweh could emerge as a top-tier edge rusher especially since he’ll benefit from working across from Josh Allen. You could make a case for a different edge player here, but again, the Jaguars can afford to take a chance here. Oweh qualifies as a risk, but the payoff could be tremendous.