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2024 Jacksonville Jaguars Mock Draft

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So let me set the table for where the Jacksonville Jaguars are at before we get to the actual drafting. The team currently holds 9 Picks, which gives them a bit of extra ammunition to work with. I think it is safe to say that the team is coming off of a disappointing 2023 season, folding down the stretch when QB TREVOR LAWRENCE got banged up. He was less than stellar as the team fell out of the playoff hunt.

Ownership decided to hold fast to what they had and kept DOUG PEDERSON as their Head Coach. They are in decent Cap shape with about $ 25 million in Cap space before they even trim their roster a bit. Losing CALVIN RIDLEY/WR to Free Agency could push them to focus on a WR early in the Draft.

Aging vet BRANDON SCHERFF has become a victim of injuries that cost him starts, as well as representing almost a $24-million charge if they keep him on their roster. Expect a contract re-negotiation if they are to keep him for 2024. 

2024 Jacksonville Jaguars Mock Draft

Round 1, Pick 17    TROY FRANKLIN    WR    Oregon    6’3/180      

On a thin frame, FRANKLIN packs a lot of speed and has good hands. This would change if they choose to keep RIDLEY, but I think FRANKLIN would provide LAWRENCE with an elite deep threat to stretch out secondary coverages. He represents the speed that their current WR group lacks.

Round 2, Pick 48     CHRISTIAN HAYNES     OG     UConn      6’3/320      

Haynes was the best prospect coming out of an improving Huskies program under the guidance of JIM MORA. Many questions about his talent and attitude were answered on the practice fields at the Senior Bowl. He is strong and tough. He seems to fear no one he lines up against.

He might get a full season behind Scherff if they keep the big-money vet. I do NOT think this is too early for him after watching him whip up on a bunch of quality DL in Mobile.

Round 3, Pick 96     KRIS ABRAMS-DRAINE     CB   Missouri     5’11/175      

He and RAKESTRAW (who likely went with a Top 50 Pick) were perhaps the best CB combo in college football last year. The Jags’ secondary is solid, but you can never have enough CB in the NFL these days. He should find playing time in sub-packages as a Rookie but should have a starting job very soon.

Round 4, Pick 115      KRIS JENKINS    DT     Michigan.   6’3/290    

Yet another draftee from that impressive and deep Wolverine Defense, who might push vet GOTSIS for a job and/or a roster spot. His dad was a solid vet DL for several NFL teams, so the genes should be good. He should fit right in as a DL rotation player.

Round 4, Pick 117    SIONE VAKI   S/RB/WR    Utah      5’11/210      

I am truly not sure which position he is best suited for. He played S primarily for the Utes, but I was impressed by his ability as a RB which he flashed in some key spots this past season. He’ll fill several Special Team roles right away and more in the long run. One of my favorite players in this year’s Draft Class.

Round 5, Pick 152     ISAIAH ADAMS    OL     Illinois    6’4/315      

This talented guy would be a steal this late. But the Illini program slipped a bit this past season which hurt their prospects in some instances. He was moved out to OT for much of the 2023 season, but the inside is where he truly shines. Initially, his apparent versatility will likely secure a backup job and a game-day active spot on the field. Could eventually earn a starting role as an OG.

Round 6, Pick 195      TAHJ WASHINGTON    WR    Southern Cal     5’10/175    

Quick and elusive best describe this player. I’m anxious to see his speed and quickness numbers at the Combine. Like Franklin earlier, he could bring more speed to the receivers’ room in Jacksonville.

Round 6, Pick 211  JOE MILTON    QB     Tennessee    6’5/235      

Despite all his questionable throw decisions out on the field, he has the strongest throwing arm in college football. He might challenge for that distinction in the NFL, and what better QB tutor than Doug Pederson to tutor him? Worth a roll of the dice with a Pick in the 200’s. 

Round 7, Pick 234     CARSON STEELE     RB    UCLA     6’1/215      

After transferring from the MAC to UCLA he had a mediocre season for the 2023  Bruins, especially with ball security. But it’s hard to argue that he doesn’t have some NFL-level tools, including his size. He might work out better backing up ETIENNE than last year’s RB selection of BIGSBY.  

This Draft seems to be a promise for tomorrow and solid Salary Cap management is more than a big boon to the 2024 edition of the Jaguars roster. But if given a chance more than a few of these guys may provide some zing to the team as the season progresses.

Cheers

Pigskin Paul 

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