3 reasons Jacksonville Jaguars were smart for not overspending in free agency

Jacksonville Jaguars HC Doug Pederson and GM Trent Baalke. James Gilbert/Getty Images
Jacksonville Jaguars HC Doug Pederson and GM Trent Baalke. James Gilbert/Getty Images / James Gilbert/GettyImages
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1. The Jacksonville Jaguars can to address their needs in the 2023 NFL Draft

The departures of right tackle Jawaan Taylor and defensive end Arden Key in free agency created a couple of roster holes on the roster but the Jaguars' brass can fill both of them in the 2023 NFL Draft. Furthermore, Walker Little is ready to step in at right tackle and he'll most likely get a shot at replacing Taylor, so the Jags can address other needs in the first and second rounds.

Even before releasing Shaquill Griffin, Jacksonville's biggest need was arguably cornerback. You could argue that they already had a couple of quality corners in Tyson Campbell and Darious Williams but they still need a nickel. Williams lined up in the slot early in the 2022 season but he fared much better in the boundaries, so it would make sense to keep them there.

This year's cornerback class is quite deep, so the Jaguars will have a realistic shot at landing one of the top prospects at No. 24. On the other hand, they need to replenish their tight end room despite the fact that they brought back Evan Engram, so it wouldn't be shocking to use a pick on the position in any of the first three rounds.

Also, the Jaguars need to bolster their pass rush rotation. Travon Walker is set to improve next season and Josh Allen has been a mainstay of the defense but a third edge defender would give their front seven a needed boost.

Now, the draft is a crapshoot but if the Jaguars can find a couple of players that can contribute right off the bat and return to the playoffs next season, it will prove that they were smart for not going into a spending spree in free agency.

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