JACKSONVILLE – The coming year is beginning to take shape.
With the 2014 regular season complete, the Jaguars' position in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft is now official – as are the opponents for the 2015 regular season.
The Jaguars' 3-13 finish in 2014 means they will hold the No. 3 overall pick in the first round of the draft, with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers holding the No. 1 overall selection and the Tennessee Titans at No. 2. The Oakland Raiders also finished 3-13, but the Jaguars will have the spot ahead of Oakland because of a .514 strength of schedule compared to .570 for the Raiders.
The Jaguars also selected in the Top 5 each of the past three offseasons, selecting quarterback Blake Bortles No. 3 overall last offseason, left tackle Luke Joeckel No. 2 overall in 2013 and wide receiver Justin Blackmon No. 5 overall in 2012.
The Jaguars' opponents for next season have been determined, though the dates and times for the games won't be released until later in the spring.
The Jaguars' home schedule: Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, San Diego Chargers, Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers. The Jaguars will play the Bills at Wembley Stadium in London October 25.
The away schedule: Texans, Colts, Titans, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Baltimore Ravens, New Orleans Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.