The Jacksonville Jaguars ranked 25th in the NFL last season with 31 sacks, an improvement over their 32nd ranking in 2009 and tied for 30th in 2010. In addition to the actual statistic improvement, the Jaguars ranked 13th in Football Outsiders' "Adjusted Sack Rate" last season.
With the seventh overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Jaguars should be in position to add South Carolina outside linebacker/defensive end Melvin Ingram, who had 19 sacks over the final two seasons of his college career, to the roster. Regardless of what the Jaguars do in the 2012 NFL Draft, defensive line coach Joe Cullen expects the team's pass rush to improve next season, Tania Ganguli of the Florida Times-Union reports.
"Each and every one of us can get better," Cullen said. "From the standpoint of (Jeremy) Mincey becoming a 13, 14 sack performer. Tyson (Alualu) and Terrance (Knighton) the year before they had combined almost 10 sacks, now they’re over 10. Austen Lane going from a sack, sack-and-a-half to getting 6, 7 sacks.
"That’s when you improve your sacks. Whether we get someone in the draft or not I fully expect the pass-rush to improve."