The Jacksonville Jaguars entered the 2023 NFL Draft with nine picks but ultimately made 13 selections after a series of trades. So far, the Jags' rookie class has been good but not great. Right tackle Anton Harrison, their first-round pick, struggled early on but has gotten much better in recent weeks.
Leaving Harrison aside though, the rest of the Jaguars' 2023 draft class has left a bit to be desired. Jacksonville hasn't gotten much production from tight end Brenton Strange and running back Tank Bigsby, taken in Rounds 2 and 3, respectively. It's true the Jags have established starters in Travis Etienne and Evan Engram but they didn't invest early-round picks in Strange and Bigsby to keep them on the sidelines.
While it's too early to tell whether Strange and Bigsby will turn out to be fine, the Jacksonville Jaguars may have been better off drafting these three players in 2023.
No. 3 player the Jacksonville Jaguars wish they had drafted in 2023: De'Von Achane, RB
Tank Bigsby was supposed to be a goal-line and short-yardage specialist for the Jaguars but he's not been much of a factor in his rookie campaign. Even though he's bounced back from a dreadful NFL debut, the Jaguars have opted to give most of the workload to Travis Etienne.
The former Auburn Tiger scored two touchdowns in the first three weeks of the season but has otherwise been quiet, toting the rock 20 times for 45 yards. His 2.3-yard per-carry average is underwhelming and possibly one of the reasons he doesn't get more playing time. Meanwhile, fellow running back Da'Von Achane has become an integral piece of the Miami Dolphins' offense.
Drafted one round after Bigsby, Achane racked up 38 carries for 460 yards with five touchdowns. Unfortunately, he suffered a knee injury against the New York Giants and is currently on Injury Reserve but he should pick up where he left off once he's back in the fold.