Free agency is the next biggest date on the NFL calendar and it will be front and center for the next two weeks. But once teams secure whatever players they targeted in the open market, their focus will fully shift to the 2023 NFL Draft, which will be held on April 27- 29. We now know that the Jacksonville Jaguars will show up at the Annual Selection Meeting with a total of nine selections.
The league just awarded compensatory selections to every NFL team and the Jags didn’t get any. These selections are given based on the number of players a club signs and losses in free agency the previous offseason. If their number of losses exceeds the number of additions, you get a pick, which can range from a third to a seventh. The exact formula is unknown but it takes into consideration metrics such as a player’s yearly salary average, snap count, and postseason accolades.
The Jags went into a shopping spree last year, so it’s not particularly surprising to see them end without any additional selections this offseason. But even then, they’ll have a total of nine selections this year. They got an additional fourth-round pick in the upcoming draft from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for two late-round selections (No. 157 and No. 235) in the last one.
Even though Jacksonville lost their fifth-round selection this year when they acquired wide receiver Calvin Ridley from the Atlanta Falcons, they picked one up in the sixth after trading wide receiver Laviska Shenault to the Carolina Panthers.
The Jags also got another sixth, along with cornerback Jameson Houston, when they dealt Josiah Scott to the Philadelphia Eagles in 2021. Finally, they also have an extra sixth as part of the running back James Robinson trade to the New York Jets. Here’s the full list of all the picks the Jags will have.
- 1st round, 24th overall
- 2nd round, 56th overall
- 3rd round, 88th overall
- 4th round, 121st overall (from Tampa)
- 4th round, 127th overall
- 5th round, 185th overall (from New York)
- 6th round, 202nd overall
- 6th round, 208th overall (from Philly)
- 7th round, 227th overall (from Carolina)
The Jacksonville Jaguars have the ammo to fix needs in the 2023 NFL Draft
The Jaguars won’t be active in free agency and will instead try to bring back most of their key players slated to hit the open market. Thus, they’ll need to wait until the draft to address most of their needs. Some of the biggest ones are a slot cornerback, an additional pass rusher, a swing offensive tackle, a tight end, and maybe a defensive lineman.
The team’s brass should also add another running back to their rotation and maybe a developmental quarterback. The consensus sees the Jags using their first-round pick on a cornerback or an offensive tackle to fill the potential void right tackle Jawaan Taylor will leave with his departure. However, no position besides quarterback should be ruled out, even wide receiver despite the fact that they’re stacked.
The truth is that the Jacksonville Jaguars could take several paths to restock their roster. Heck, they have enough selections to pull a few trades, so you should expect all kinds of shenanigans on draft day.