5 players Jaguars must trade now after 2022 NFL Draft additions

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Safety Andrew Wingard (42) of the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /

The 2022 NFL Draft is in the books and the Jacksonville Jaguars have gotten mostly positive reviews for their picks. In fact, they’ve made several upgrades throughout the offseason and the roster looks in better shape than it did at this point last year.

But the downside of acquiring so many new players is that there might not be room for some that were on the team last season and instead of releasing him, the Jags could work the phones and see if other clubs are interested in trading for them. In particular, Jacksonville might be better off trading these five players after the conclusion of this year’s draft.

No. 1 player the Jaguars should try to trade: S Andrew Wingard.

Safety Andrew Wingard has been a mainstay of the Jaguars’ secondary for the last two years, appearing in 28 games with 19 starts and posting three interceptions and six pass deflections. Last season, he got to start over rookie Andre Cisco and only missed time when he landed on the COVID-19/Reserve list towards the end of the year.

After going undrafted free agent in 2019, Wingard signed with the Jags and steadily worked his way up the roster. He was tendered this year to ensure he remains in Jacksonville in 2022. However, the coaching staff needs to see what they have in Cisco, having displayed flashes last year. Moreover, they have Daniel Thomas on the roster and if necessary, they could move Rudy Ford back to safety.

Simply, the Jags can’t keep Cisco on the bench and they have more than enough depth at safety to move on from Wingard this offseason.