4 dream scenarios for the Jacksonville Jaguars entering the 2023 NFL Draft

Jaguars head coach Doug Pederson (right) and general manager Trent Baalke (left) talk to the media.
Jaguars head coach Doug Pederson (right) and general manager Trent Baalke (left) talk to the media. / Juston Lewis/Florida Times-Union / USA
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The Jacksonville Jaguars find themselves in the rare position of not having a pick in the top 10 of the draft for the first time in a while. This isn't necessarily a bad thing when you take into account that general manager Trent Baalke has spent the last two years restocking the roster.

Moreover, there will still be plenty of intriguing prospects when the Jags are on the clock at No. 24, so they won't even need to trade up to land a potential playmaker in the first round.

While the Jaguars enter the draft with a handful of needs, there are different paths they can take to address them all. and if any of these four dream scenarios -- hopefully all of them -- come true, they should have no trouble keeping up in the AFC arms race.

4. The Jaguars find a nickel and round out their cornerback group

It's no secret that cornerback is among the Jaguars' top needs in the draft but they don't need to address it in the first round. If they do want to use the 24th overall pick on a corner, they will have a wide array of choices. In fact, there's a good chance Cam Smith, Deonte Banks, and even Joey Porter Jr. will still be available when they're on the clock.

Having said that, the team's brass can afford to wait until the second or third round to find an intriguing cornerback prospect with starting potential given the depth at the position in this year's draft.

When you take into account that the Jags also need to fortify their front seven, it makes sense to wait to choose a cornerback to round out a group that includes Tyson Campbell, Darious Williams, and veteran Tre Herndon.