Question To Answer: Will Jacksonville’s third-year tackles Eugene Monroe and Eben Britton justify their draft status?
Breakdown: This group will go only as far as Monroe and Britton take it. Monroe showed signs of improvement last season but must work on his pass-blocking skills. Britton is close to being a bust. The interior of the line has just as many question marks. Center Brad Meester is getting older and while his play has been solid, the Jaguars might be looking for a cheaper alternative. Guard Justin Smiley likely won’t be retained as Vince Manuwai outplayed him. Rookie Will Rackley is expected to contribute.
This Group Will Be Fine If…Interior linemen step up and take pressure off of the young tackles.
Worst Case Scenario: Britton or Monroe face long-term injury, as the depth at tackle is currently a problem.
Prediction: There is potential amongst this group but for now I don’t see too much reason for optimism. Monroe has flown under the radar as a solid tackle after a slow start in 2010 but there weren’t too many highlights other than him. Rackley might be asked to start early on but the Leigh product is facing a big jump in competition level. Younger guys like Uche Nwaneri will have to step up and be more consistent but I doubt that happens.
My Confidence Rating: 4 – I like the potential of Monroe and Rackley but everyone else scares me. There’s either too much inconsistency or age is a concern at every interior position. Britton is really the wildcard of this unit.
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