3 massive mistakes the Jaguars might regret after the 2024 NFL Draft

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1. Not addressing the pass rush until the 7th round

The Jaguars have an excellent pair of bookend pass rushers in Travon Walker and Josh Allen. However, the rest of the pass-rush rotation is a work in progress. K'Lavon Chaisson, their No. 3 edge rusher last year, left in free agency. Longtime defensive mainstay Dawuane Smoot is also gone.

The front office had a prime opportunity to upgrade the pass rush in the offseason but their moves have left a bit to be desired.

In free agency, Jacksonville signed Trevis Gipson, who's previously shown the ability to get after the quarterback but is coming off a down season. Maybe he'll bounce back under defensive coordinator Ryan Nielsen, but there's an equal chance he won't. That's why it was puzzling to see the team's brass wait until the seventh round to select toolsy defensive end Myles Cole.

Make no mistake, Cole has amazing traits. His arms were the longest among edge defenders in the draft, but he's a project and not much else at this stage of his career. The only other pass rusher on the roster is Yasir Abdullah, who may be too small to succeed in the NFL.

Heck, the coaching staff may even switch him from outside linebacker/defensive end to off-linebacker to see if he can bring something to the table. That's why it wouldn't have hurt to add another pass rusher.

Gabriel Murphy surprisingly went undrafted, but the Jaguars could've also taken Xavier Thomas or Brennan Jackson in the fifth round. Instead, they went with return specialist Keilan Robinson despite the fact that they signed Devin Duvernay in free agency.

The silver lining is that there are a handful of pass rushers still unsigned. Bud Dupree played for Nielsen last year. Last year, he inked a $3 million deal with the Atlanta Falcons and could join the Jags for a similar amount in 2024.

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