3 prospects the Jaguars should target in 1st round of 2024 NFL Draft to address needs

Dec 2, 2023; Charlotte, NC, USA; Florida State Seminoles wide receiver Keon Coleman (4) makes a
Dec 2, 2023; Charlotte, NC, USA; Florida State Seminoles wide receiver Keon Coleman (4) makes a / Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
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1. Dallas Turner, Edge, Alabama

Adding a pass rusher must be one of the team's top priorities next offseason. In fact, it was a need this year but they failed to address it even though they had several chances. With Dawuane Smoot and K'Lavon Chaisson scheduled to become free agents, the Jaguars will need to add a No. 3 behind Travon Walker and Josh Allen.

But even if the front office brought back Smoot (or even Chaisson), they need a game-changer to round out their rotation. Landing Brian Burns or Danielle Hunter in free agency would be huge but it may be cost prohibitive. Leaving aside that they're both going to command top-market money, the Jaguars also need to give Allen an extension and it won't probably come cheap.

From a cap perspective, looking for a pass rusher early in the draft may be the best course of action. Chop Robinson has previously been mocked to the Jags. The Penn State product would most fortify their rotation and he should be available late in the first round. However, he's not the only edge rusher Jacksonville should consider at that point of the draft. Dallas Turner would be another option.

Turner, a five-star recruit out of high school, was an integral piece of Alabama's puzzle this season. The Fort Lauderdale, Florida native has the size, speed, and power to wreak havoc at the line of scrimmage. While his hand technique needs some work, he's got a wide array of pass-rush at his disposal.

Turner may need to bulk up to succeed in the NFL but his upside and potential ceiling should be intriguing enough for the Jaguars to consider taking him in the first round of the draft.

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