3 irresistible prospects the Jaguars could trade up for in the 2024 NFL Draft

• The Jaguars have enough ammo to trade up on Day 1 of the 2024 NFL Draft

Nov 4, 2023; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Florida State Seminoles defensive lineman Jared Verse
Nov 4, 2023; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Florida State Seminoles defensive lineman Jared Verse / Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
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1. JC Latham, OT, Alabama

Offensive tackle doesn't rank particularly high on the Jaguar's list of needs ahead of the draft, but that may not stop the team's brass from revamping the position. Cam Robinson was seen as a potential cap-casualty ahead of free agency but head coach Doug Pederson said he expected him to be on the roster come Week 1. General manager Trent Baalke echoed that sentiment. That said, plans can always change.

The Jags could free up over $17 million in space if they release or trade Robinson. The demand for left tackles outweighs the supply, so a team in need at the position may try to acquire him. This doesn't mean it will happen, but if it does, Jacksonville could easily move Anton Harrison to the left side.

Harrison, a first-round pick in 2023, lined up on the right side as a rookie but mostly played left tackle at Oklahoma. He's said that he wouldn't be opposed to a switch, and that could create a need on the right edge if the team's brass isn't sold on third-year pro Walker Little. The good news is that this is a good year to draft an offensive tackle.

The Jags could go take Troy Fautanu at No. 17 but if they are targeting JC Latham, they may need to trade up a few spots, as teams such as the Los Angeles Chargers, the Tennessee Titans or even the Las Vegas Raiders may be in the market for an offensive tackle.

At 6'6", Latham's got the size, power, and athleticism to be a plug-in starter at right tackle. While he needs to polish his footwork, he knows how to fend off defenders with his hands and is a willing blocker in the running game.

There's a good chance the Jaguars will go with Cam Robinson and Anton Harrison as their starting tackles next season, but if they change their mind, trading up for JC Latham may be an appealing option.

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