3 prospects we wish the Jacksonville Jaguars have selected in the 2023 NFL Draft
Prospect 1 we wish the Jacksonville Jaguars have drafted: O'Cyrus Torrence
The Jaguars only had two picks in the first two rounds but you could argue that they could have used some of their multiple selections on Day 3 to either acquire an extra choice or trade up from No. 88. Either way, there are many prospects they should have made an effort to draft and one of them was Florida offensive guard O'Cyrus Torrence, who went to the Buffalo Bills at No. 59, two picks before the Jaguars took Penn State Brenton Strange.
For starters, Torrence said that he liked Jaguars offensive line coach Phi Rauscher and the scheme they were running. Also, the Jaguars need a contingency plan in case left guard Ben Bartch isn't 100 percent recovered from the knee injury he suffered last season.
Maybe the team's brass feels good about Bartch's recovery timeline and there's a chance he'll be in the starting lineup by Week 1. However, that's not the only reason the Jags should have drafted Torrence. Bartch is set to become a free agent next year and Jacksonville might not have enough cap space to bring him back. Drafting Torrence would have ensured they have a potential replacement ready to go in case Bartch left in 2024.
Leaving aside Bartch, Torrence is a talented player in his own right. Although he lined up at right guard at Florida, he would have no trouble switching sides and could have competed for the starting job right off the bat. In the end, the Jaguars decided to bolster their tight end room.
While Strange has the potential to become Evan Engram's heir apparent, there's no doubt Torrence would have fortified the Jaguars' offensive line.