Round 3: Adonai Mitchell, wide receiver, Texas
The Jaguars will need to give the Atlanta Falcons a draft pick in 2024 as part of the trade they made to acquire Calvin Ridley. If they re-sign him in free agency, it will be a second. But if they let him walk, it will be only a third. Based on general manager Trent Baalke's latest comments, Jacksonville is trending toward bringing him back.
For the sake of argument, let's say that's the route the team's brass take. They would then be without a second-round selection but they're getting a compensatory pick in Round 3. It would help soften the blow.
With one of their two third-round choice, the Jags could bolster their wide receiver corps. Even if they bring back Rildey, Zay Jones could be a cap casualty and Christian Kirk is entering the last year. Simply put, they're better off taking care of it before it becomes a glaring need. Adonai Mitchell should be available in the third round.
A bit inconsistent when reeling in contested catches, Mitchell runs solid routes and has enough speed to get deep. At 6'4", he could give the Jaguars a huge target in the red zone.
Round 3 Compensatory pick: Christian Haynes, offensive lineman
While center is the Jaguars' biggest need in the offensive trenches, they cannot overlook both guard spots. Ezra Cleveland is scheduled to become a free agent and veteran Brandon Scherff could be a cap casualty. Even if the front office keeps both of them around, they could benefit from adding depth. Christian Haynes should be available in round 3.
Just like Jackson Powers-Johnson, Haynes can line up at guard and center. During the Senior Bowl, a clip of him getting the best out of Jordan Jefferson went viral.
Apparently, Haynes told Jefferson, "If you're scared, go to church." The Jaguars could most definitely use that feisty attitude in the trenches.