The Jaguars can rebuild without tanking


Tuesday on In The Zone, Kravitz explained that the Jaguars are in a prime position to tank this year in order to draft Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence in next year's draft. The Jaguars have already traded defensive back A.J. Bouye for a fourth-round pick and could be in line to trade disgruntled defensive lineman Yannick Ngakoue. Mike Ginnitti (Spotrac.com) was also on board with the sentiment that the Jaguars should "Tank for Trevor".

Instead of mailing it in this year in hopes of landing the No. 1 pick in next year's draft, the Jaguars can turn things around in the next two seasons with what they have. Over the next two drafts, the Jaguars have 18 selections (maybe more depending on what happens with Ngakoue) with six selections in the first four rounds of both drafts.

Use a majority of your early picks on defense. Get back to what got you to the AFC Championship game in 2017. While they have gotten worse since the 2017 year, they still were able to get to the quarterback 47 times last season including 10.5 from rookie Josh Allen. Upgrades on the offensive line, tight end, and wide receiver are also a must. D.J. Chark was a pleasant surprise for the Jags and Chris Conley was their big play receiver, but they did not get much help otherwise.

The biggest thing for the Jags is keeping Nick Foles healthy. Foles is a quarterback who has shown he can win big games and is a Super Bowl MVP. He has had injury concerns and never played a full season, but there's no reason to believe the Jags can't win with both him and Gardner Minshew along with a few upgrades on both sides of the ball.

The recipe of success for the Jags is running the football and playing good defense. It worked in 2017 with Blake Bortles and Leonard Fournette. Well, Fournette is still on the team and they have a better situation at quarterback. With plenty of picks over the next two drafts and a surplus of picks in the first four rounds in both drafts, there is no reason the Jags can't turn things around. Quickly.

To sum things up: DON'T TANK!

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