3 biggest strengths on the Jacksonville Jaguars roster following the 2023 NFL Draft

Dec 22, 2022; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence.
Dec 22, 2022; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence. / Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
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Coming off a playoff appearance and an exciting turnaround, the Jacksonville Jaguars are no longer flying under the radar and are set to appear in three primetime games in 2023. The downside of the Jags' newly acquired attention is that they'll now need to prove they belong among the top teams in the league.

Working in the Jaguars' favor is that they're more than a one-year wonder and have enough talent on both sides of the ball to keep up in the AFC arms race. In particular, they're loaded at these three position groups.

No. 3 biggest strength on the Jacksonville Jaguars roster after the draft: Safety

You might not remember now but as recently as 2021, safety was a weakness for the Jags. Although Jarrod Wilson and Josh Jones were serviceable players in the defensive backfield, Jacksonville needed a couple of game-changers that could help them win games. That's why they went after Rayshawn Jenkins in free agency and later used a third-round selection on Andre Cisco.

Jenkins was underwhelming in his first season with the Black and Teal but he bounced back last year and made a few huge plays for them. Similarly, Cisco spent most of his rookie season on the sidelines but he solidify himself as a ballhawk next to Jenkins in 2022.

Behind Jenkins and Cisco is Andrew Wingard, a core contributor on special teams and the architect of the phrase, "It Was Always The Jaguars". Wingard can come off the bench at any time and start if needed. The same is true for Daniel Thomas, who hasn't gotten much playing time due to how crowded the safety room is.

Thomas is entering a contract year but the team's brass drafted a couple of potential replacements in Antonion Johnson (Round 5) and Erick Mallett (Round 6). Even though Johnson and Mallett might not see the field much in 2023 but that's a good thing. With Cisco and Jenkins leading the way, the rookies will have enough time to develop while they await their chance.