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Dave Caldwell: It’s a “very good” year for defense in the draft


Blake Bortles #5 of the Jacksonville Jaguars looks to pass during their game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium on December 28, 2014 in Houston, Texas. *** Local Caption *** Blake Bortles

Scott Halleran

The Jaguars coaching staff is working the Senior Bowl, giving them an extended look at many draft prospects that could become members of the team later this year.

Defensive players will be getting a close look from the Jags. The last couple of years have seen the team pay a lot of attention to the offensive side of the ball, but General Manager Dave Caldwell said that the focus will shift in what he calls a “very good” year for defensive players in the draft.

“Now, we can really focus on which side of the ball do we really want to build,” Caldwell said, via the Florida Times-Union. “We feel good about the offense right now. We still have a ways to go and aren’t done by any means, but we’ll really focus on the defensive side of the ball. Getting [defensive end Dante] Fowler and [defensive tackle Sen’Derrick] Marks back will help us, then we have cap space and eight draft picks to fix the rest of the needs.”

The Jaguars have high hopes for a healthy return for Fowler, their first-round pick last year, and they may look in the same direction this year as Caldwell broke out the “you can never have enough pass rushers” chestnut on Tuesday. There are needs all over the Jaguars defense, though, and it sounds like this offseason is going to be devoted to filling as many of them as possible.