No. 1 prospect the Jaguars can pick in the NFL Draft to address a need: Chop Robinson, Edge
The Jacksonville Jaguars have gotten solid production from their pass rush in 2023. Outside linebacker Josh Allen is having a career year, registering nine sacks, 22 tackles for a loss, two forced fumbles and 16 quarterback hits in eight games. Sophomore Travon Walker, on the other hand, has made strides in Year 2. He's already tied his rookie sack totals with 3.5 and ranks 26th among 124 pass rushers in the league in total pressures.
Moreover, the Jags just got Davon Hamilton and Dawuane Smoot back in the lineup. They both started the year on Injured Reserve but joined the team in Weeks 7 and 8, respectively. Both might need a bit of time to get acclimated but they should give the pass rush a boost in the second half of the season. Next offseason, the top brass will need to revamp their rotation.
Smoot, along with 2020 first-round pick K'Lavon Chaisson, are set to hit the open market. While bringing Smoot won't be cost-prohibitive, there's a chance Jacksonville will let him walk. If that's the case, there isn't currently anyone on the roster that can step into his place. That's where Chop Robinson of Penn State comes in.
Robinson has a quick get-off and a superb bend around the edge. Heading into the draft, he's been mentioned as a prospect the Jaguars should target in the first round. A Maryland native, Robinson committed to the Terrapins, where he rushed the passer from standup position, in 2020. However, he felt like he wasn't being utilized to the best of his capacity and eventually transferred to Penn State, where he now plays with his hand on the ground.
Just like wide receiver, the pass rush may not be one of the team's top priorities but they should most definitely add Robinson's name to their big board.