Jaguars: Worst-case first round pick for each AFC South foe in the draft

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North Dakota State wide receiver Christian Watson (WO35) during the 2022 NFL Scouting Combine. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports /

Indianapolis Colts – 2nd round, 42nd overall, Christian Watson, WR.

The Jaguars still have a long way to go before they can vie for a playoff spot. However, they should take comfort in knowing their AFC South foes are somewhat vulnerable ahead of the 2022 season. In particular, the Indianapolis Colts seem to be lacking a direction. Last season, they traded for Carson Wentz, hoping they would get some stability at quarterback. Instead, the carousel spun harder and they ended up giving up on Wentz and acquiring Matt Ryan from the Atlanta Falcons.

While Ryan will most likely be an upgrade over Wentz, he won’t have an optimal surrounding cast. All-Pro running back Jonathan Taylor is still on the roster but giving him 40 carries per game isn’t a sustainable way to win football games. Outside Michael Pittman Jr. and maybe Mo Alie-Cox, Indy doesn’t have many weapons in the passing game. That’s why they will probably take a wide receiver with their first pick in this year’s draft.

Keep in mind that the Colts don’t have a first-round pick due to the Wentz trade and they will pick until the second round. With the 42nd overall selection, they could take someone like North Dakota State’s Christian Watson, who could test the Jags’ revamped cornerback group.

Ryan isn’t the quarterback he was in his prime but he can still sling it and drafting Watson would be one of the best things the Colts’ brass could do to ensure he’s in a position to succeed.