The Reese's Senior Bowl gives draft prospects the chance to showcase their talent and boost their stock. Similarly, scouts and team executives get a close look at players they've kept tabs on. It's uncertain if general manager Trent Baalke made the trip, but the Jacksonville Jaguars, like any other team, surely sent a contingent to Mobile, Alabama.
The Jags will probably resort to free agency to fill roster holes, but they will also need to load up on talent in the draft. The following four prospects who'll partake in the Senior Bowl could address some of their needs.
4. Chris Braswell, outside linebacker
Recently hired defensive coordinator Ryan Nielsen may run a 4-3 defense in Jacksonville but he could also take advantage of his current personnel and employ a 3-4 scheme. Either way, the Jaguars need to round out their pass-rush rotation. Although they have a dominant duo in Travon Walker and Josh Allen, they weren't able to get much production from other players last year.
There will be several enticing prospects in the first round of the draft (Dallas Turner, Chop Robinson) but they'll also have alternatives on Days 2 and 3. One of them is Alabama's Chris Braswell. A 2023 First-Team All-SEC designation, Braswell registered 10.5 tackles for a loss, eight sacks, one interception, and three forced fumbles last year. At 6'3" and 257 pounds, he's got superb speed off the edge and the length to succeed in the pros.
However, Braswell's get-off from a three-point stance isn't optimal, making him better suited to rush the passer from a standup position. Working against Braswell is that he lacks the strength and lateral agility to contribute against the run. That said, he has the tools to develop into a steady pass-rush specialist, one worth using a draft pick early on in the fourth round.