3 next steps for Jacksonville Jaguars after free agency

Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Pederson. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports
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Penn State wide receiver Jahan Dotson (WO07) during the 2022 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 3 step on Jaguars offseason list – Take a wide receiver in the draft.

The Jaguars did a good job of revamping their wide receiver corps in free agency, signing Zay Jones and Christian Kirk. They also brought back Laquon Treadwell, who became one of their top targets late in the 2022 season. If that wasn’t enough, they gave tight end Evan Engram a one-year deal worth $9 million. Having said that, the Jags shouldn’t pass up the chance to keep adding weapons to Trevor Lawrence’s arsenal in the 2022 draft.

With general manager Trent Baalke most likely earmarking the top pick for defensive end Aidan Hutchinson, the Jaguars could use their second-round pick or one of their two third-rounders on a wide receiver, which is their biggest need after pass rusher. Thus, it makes sense that they use an early-round pick on the position.

It’s uncertain how the draft will unfold but even with wide receiver suddenly becoming a need for the Kansas City Chiefs and their Green Bay Packers after trading Tyreek Hill and Davante Adams, respectively, the Jaguars should have their fair share of choices at No. 33, the very first pick of the second round. Arkansas’ Treylon Burks, Purdue’s David Bell, or Ohio State’s Chris Olave could be available at that point in the process.

If Jacksonville wants to address another position in the second round, they could wait until Round 3, where Alec Pierce and Christian Watson. Both of them should still be on the board by then. The one thing the Jags can’t do is stop adding weapons. They’ve taken several steps to ensure Lawrence has a talented surrounding cast and drafting another wide receiver would be the cherry on the top.

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