3 positions where the Jaguars could double dip in the 2024 NFL Draft

• The Jaguars shouldn't hesitate addressing these 3 positions more than once if they
NFL Commisioner Roger Goodell poses with Jaguars fans during the first round of the NFL Draft
NFL Commisioner Roger Goodell poses with Jaguars fans during the first round of the NFL Draft / George Walker IV / Tennessean.com

The Jacksonville Jaguars will enter the 2024 NFL Draft with eight draft picks. That should be more than enough to keep restocking the roster after a fruitful free-agency period.

In fact, the Jags could use some of those picks to address some needs more than once. This begs the question, which positions should the front office double dip at if they get the change? Here are three that come to mind.

3. Interior Offensive line

The Jags brought back Ezra Cleveland and Brandon Scherff in the offseason. They gave the former a three-year deal worth $24 million and restructured the latter's contract to ensure he remains in Jacksonville next season. On top of that, the inked veteran Mitch Morse to provide stability at center.

Having a trio of veterans inside should help the Jaguars do a better job of protecting Trevor Lawrence and opening holes in the running game next season. But that shouldn't stop the Jags from adding a couple of hog mollies on Days 2 or 3.

The front office won't probably add a center or a guard in the first or second round but they shouldn't pass up the chance to acquire a couple of developmental linemen in the third.

Morse is still a dependable player but he isn't getting any younger. Similarly, Scherff is entering the last year of the contract he signed in 2022. There's no guarantee he'll return next year, so it would be a good idea to start looking for his potential heir apparent. While they're at it, the team's brass should add depth on Day 3 if they get the chance.

Last year, Jacksonville lacked depth up front. They probably don't want a repeat in 2024, so investing a couple of draft picks in the interior offensive line seems like a reasonable course of action.

2. Cornerback

The Jaguars have made several additions to their cornerback room but they don't have any long-term answers. Signing Ronald Darby in free agency should help the void left by the departure of Darious WIlliams, but his deal is only for two years. Opposite Darby is Tyson Campbell, who is coming off an injury-riddled season. The former Georgia Bulldog is set to become a free agent in 2025 and he may not be a good fit in Ryan Nielsen's press-heavy scheme.

Campbell may or may not end up thriving under Nielsen, which is why Jacksonville should go cornerback early in the draft. But if they get the chance, they should also depth at the position. Montaric Brown and Gregory Junior are the top backups. Chris Braswell is also in the mix but he's not done enough to make you think he'll develop into a steady contributor.

Let's say the Jags draft a cornerback in Rounds 1 or 2. They should add another one in the fourth or fifth. After all, you can never have enough options at the position.

1. Wide receiver

The Jaguars are still looking for Calvin Ridley's replacement after losing him to the Tennesse Titans in free agency. Trading for Tee Higgins or Brandon Aiyuk currently looks like a long shot, so they'll have to turn to the draft to bolster their wide receiver corps.

The front office could trade up to take Rome Odunze or Malik Nabers, regardless of how costly it will be, or stay put at No. 17 and select someone like Adonai Mitchell or Brian Thomas Jr. An alternative would be to wait until Round 2 if they address another in the first round. At that point of the draft, there should still be a few enticing options, given how stacked this year's receiver class is.

Later in the draft, the Jags should add depth at wide receiver. Elijah Cooks, and Parker Washington could keep making strides in 2024 but the team's brass should bring in someone else in case they don't. Javon Baker in the fourth round would be an intriguing candidate.

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