The Jacksonville Jaguars still have a favorable chance of making the playoffs even though they're riding a three-game losing streak. At 8-6, they have enough talent to get hot, seize the AFC South title for the second straight year, and make a deep playoff run. Having said that, the Jags are a flawed team.
Some of their weaknesses have come to light in recent weeks, and they'll need to address them in the offseason if they don't want to regress in 2024. While the front office can take care of some of those needs in free agency, the draft will also give several options.
In particular, the first round will feature lots of talented prospects who could fix some of the Jags' most glaring holes. Here are three they should keep their eye on.
3. Troy Fautanu, OL, Washington
The Jaguars could need one or two starting guards next offseason. Ezra Cleveland, who's brought stability on the left side, is set to become a free agent. Although it would make sense to bring him back for at least one more year, it's uncertain if that's part of the team's offseason plans.
Also, Brandon Scherff will have a hefty cap figure in 2024. the team may be better off releasing him and creating space. General manager Trent Baalke could replace him with someone like Robert Hunt or Kevin Dotson in free agency, but they could also target Troy Fautanu in Round 1.
Mostly a left tackle at Washington, Fautanu's best fit in the NFL could be at guard, a position he also played in college. At 6'4", he's got the size and the speed to thrive inside. Although he needs to fine-tune his overall technique, he excels in pass protection. He's equally adept as a run blocker, something the Jaguars sorely need on the interior offensive line.
Offensive line coach Phil Rauscher helped Anton Harrison transition to right tackle after lining up on the left side in college. Rauscher could help Fautanu make a similar switch next year.