3 Jacksonville Jaguars potential Round 1 targets in the 2023 NFL Draft
By Quinn Butler
The Jacksonville Jaguars held the top selection in the NFL Draft back-to-back years but they're now slated to pick at No. 24 after exceeding expectations in the 2022 season. For the fans, this is a good thing, as it is a signal that the organization is on the right track at hopefully continuing to get better and be relevant moving forward.
The Jags also don't have the skill position holes that we have in recent years to fill. Currently, offensive tackle, tight end (Evan Engram has been franchised, but no telling what happens after next season), and defensive tackle. With the help and insight from the team's official website, I am outlining three potential targets in the first round.
3 draft targets in the first round for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2023
Bryan Bresee, DT, Clemson - Yes, this is yet another potential addition from the Clemson pipeline to Jacksonville but is that really a bad thing? Drafting former Tigers Trevor Lawrence and Travis Etienne has worked out pretty well for the Jaguars and the only thing that matters is that Bryan Bresee has been dominant since high school.
With the loss of defensive end Arden Key, there are definitely snaps to be had and he would be a major upgrade at a position of need for the Jags. If he was still available in this slot it would be hard to pass him up.
Dawand Jones, OT, Ohio State - If he is still available at this slot, Dawand Jones could give general manager Trent Baalke a tough choice. At 6-foot 8-inches and 374 pounds, this a prospect that can block for Lawrence and open running lanes for Etienne up front. With the departure of Jawaan Taylor, adding another lineman to the team could be paramount to the continued success of both the running and passing game for years to come.
Darnell Washington, TE, Georgia - Luke Easterling of USA Today believes the Jaguars must keep stacking the offense and thinks that Georgia tight end Darnell Washington would be an excellent pickup. "This draft has to be all about giving quarterback Trevor Lawrence as many resources as possible; Washington is a rare athlete with limitless potential".
The consensus seems to believe that Michael Mayer (Notre Dame) and Dalton Kincaid (Utah) are the top two tight ends in the draft. However, Washington has been flying up draft boards since the NFL Scouting Combine and would be an extremely intriguing pick if he were still available.
There are also plenty of cornerbacks the team's brass could look at should they still be on the board at this stage as well but any one of these three prospects would be a very intriguing addition to the team.