No. 1 player the Jacksonville Jaguars wish they had drafted in 2023: Puka Nacua, WR
Wide receiver wasn't a need for the Jacksonville Jaguars in the draft due to the presence of Calvin Ridley, Christian Kirk, and Zay Jones. However, they didn't pass up the chance to add depth. First, they took Parker Washington in the sixth round and later signed Elijah Cooks, among other players, as an undrafted free agent.
Cooks ended up making the 53-man roster but he's been mostly a healthy scratch. Washington, for his part, has gotten a bit of playing time but not much. Then again, that's not surprising when you take into account that there are several receivers ahead of them on the depth chart. Even without Zay Jones, Jacksonville is stacked at the position and Cooks and Washington won't get many snaps unless the injury bug hits.
Having said that, the Jaguars — and pretty much every other team not named the Los Angeles Rams — missed a great opportunity when they passed on Puka Nacua. The former BYU Cougar is having a historic season. Already, he's tallied 752 yards on 58 receptions. That's nearly as many as Ridley and Kirk have between the two (842).
The fact that Cooper Kupp has missed time has played a role in Nacua's rise but that shouldn't undermine his accomplishments as a rookie. Had he landed in Jacksonville, he might've been buried on the depth chart early on but his talent would've been too hard to ignore, and would have eventually gotten onto the football field.