3 positions the Jacksonville Jaguars must address in later rounds of 2023 NFL Draft
The Jacksonville Jaguars will enter the 2023 NFL Draft with clear needs, with cornerback, edge rusher, and tight end among the top ones. Working in their favor is that there are different paths they can take to address them in the early rounds.
Having said that, there are other position groups the Jags must bolster if they want to have a well-rounded roster next season. In particular, they must focus on adding depth to these three in the later rounds of the draft.
No. 3 position the Jaguars must address in later rounds of the 2023 NFL Draft: Offensive guard
The Jaguars could take an offensive lineman guard such as O'Cyrus Torrence -- he says he would be fine playing in Jacksonville -- in Round 1 but they're better off upgrading the defense early in the draft. Even if they wanted to take an offensive lineman with the 24th overall pick, they should go after an offensive tackle such as Tennessee's Darnell Wright or Oklahoma's Anton Harrison.
But let's say the Jags do address the defense in the first three rounds, they should use a fourth or fifth-round selection on a guard. Someone like Alabama's Emil Eiyo Jr. would make sense in Round 4.
After all, both Ben Bartch and Tyler Shatley are entering contract years. Similarly, Cole Van Lanen could become a solid backup down the road but he hasn't shown enough for the team's brass to feel comfortable plugging him into the starting lineup if necessary.
That's where a young guard could come in and compete with Van Lanen in training camp. Also, it's currently unknown if Bartch is part of the team's future. For that reason, the front office should bring in someone who could develop into a solid starter in case Bartch leaves in 2024.