It looks like free agency might be beginning sooner than later so Jaguars 101 is going to try to finish off its position-by-position confidence ratings of the Jacksonville Jaguars in the next day or two.
Question To Answer: Will a sorely needed pass-rusher emerge for the Jaguars?
Breakdown: Jacksonville appears to have its defensive tackle duo of the future in Terrance Knighton and Tyson Alualu. Knighton excelled at the one-technique and is on the verge of becoming an elite player in the NFL. Alualu validated his top-10 draft status as a rookie and should continue to progress. D’Anthony Smith will add depth if healthy. At end, Aaron Kampman was a difference maker before he tore his ACL last year. Jeremy Mincey was solid in replacing him but the Jaguars need another end to step up, say former first-round pick Derrick Harvey.
This Group Will Be Fine If…Harvey miraculously turns into a legitimate NFL player or a solid free agent end is added.
Worst Case Scenario: Kampman doesn’t return to his previous form and Alualu suffers s sophomore slump.
Prediction: Knighton should continue his stellar play and Alualu is too hard of a worker to drop off, so the Jaguars will be fine inside. Kampman may lose some explosiveness but will be solid against the run still. The Jaguars will add a pass-rushing end in hopes of generating more sacks, because Harvey isn’t the answer. He may not even be part of the team when the season starts.
My Confidence Rating: 6 – The tackles make you feel good but the ends totally nullify that confidence. At least one end (Kampman or Mincey) will be serviceable, so this group should be OK.