The Jacksonville Jaguars finished the 2023 season on a sour note, getting knocked out of playoff contention in the finale. It still stings a bit, but they cannot dwell in the past. Instead, the Jags must decide how they'll address their needs in the offseason.
While they currently have around $11 million in space, they'll need to find a way to fill a couple holes in the draft. Also, they'll need to make the most of their draft picks. They possess seven selections after a series of trades but they're projected to get a couple more due to the NFL's compensatory formula. That'll give them nine in total. Here's how they should use them come April.
Round 1 pick 17: Jackson Powers-Johnson, center, Oregon
Adding a pass rusher to round out their rotations would be great in Round 1, especially if either Chop Robinson or Dallas Turner are on the board. However, they shouldn't pass up the chance to take the top center prospect, Oregon's Jackson Powers-Johnson, when you take into account that it's arguably their biggest need.
Powers-Johnson has also played guard but he's projected to line up at center in the NFL. While he needs to work on his hand placement and stance in pass protection, he's got all the tools to be a Day 1 starter.
In Jacksonville, Powers-Johnson Johnson should have no trouble beating incumbent Luke Fortner for the starting job. Center was arguably the Jags' weakest link up front in 2023, and drafting the Utah native at No. 17 would take care of that.