2023 NFL Mock Draft: Jaguars address key needs in top 2 rounds
Final Jaguars 7-round mock draft: Round 6, pick 202: Deneric Prince
Running back is far from a need for the Jaguars after inking D'Ernest Johnson in free agency and bringing back JaMycal Hasty. Not to mention that Travis Etienne showed last year that he can be a three-down back. However, it would be a good idea to replenish their running back room. The team's brass doesn't seem to be sold on sophomore Snoop Conner and Deneric Prince could quickly come in and seize a roster spot.
Prince lacks top lateral speed and isn't the kind of running back that will make defenders miss. On top of that, he needs to become a better pass-catcher out of the backfield. However, he's a downhill runner that can churn out tough yards. That's the kind of skill set teams covet in the red zones and short-yardage situations, which is why the Jags invest a sixth-round pick in him.
Final Jaguars 7-round mock draft: Round 6, pick 208: Robert Beal Jr.
The Jaguars could be targeting Georgia outside linebacker Nolan Smith in the first round but if they don't manage to land him, they could then target teammate Robert Beal Jr. in the sixth round with the pick they got from the Philadelphia Eagles when they traded cornerback Josiah Scott in 2021.
A five-star recruit out of high school, Beal was only a rotational pass rusher on the Bulldogs' defense. He needs to work on his hand usage and improve his overall technique to make it in the NFL. However, he has the size and athleticism to eventually develop into a solid reserve or even a low-end starter.
Final Jaguars 7-round mock draft: Round 7, pick 226: Dorian Thompson-Robinson
Quarterback isn't one of the few positions the Jaguars don't need to worry about in the draft but they shouldn't pass up the chance to take a developmental prospect late in the round anyways. Without an immediate need, the coaching staff could bring along a young passer slowly and if he don't seen enough progress in one year, they can easily invest another late-round pick in the position.
At No. 185, Dorian Thompson-Robinson brings value to the table. He completed 69.6 percent of his passes for 3,169 yards with 27 touchdowns and 10 interceptions for the Bruins last season. The Las Vegas native must learn to remain in the pocket when pressured.
Similarly, Thompson-Robinson needs to do a better job of reading the field. On the other hand, his quick release and above-average arm strength are enticing traits that make him an appealing project worth taking on late in the draft.