4 dream scenarios for the Jacksonville Jaguars entering the 2023 NFL Draft
3. The Jacksonville Jaguars draft a running back in the middle rounds
Drafting a running back might seem unnecessary after locking up D'Ernest Johnson in free agency and bringing back JaMycal Hasty on a two-year deal. Moreover, Snoop Conner is still on the roster, and with Travis Etienne firmly entrenched at the top of the depth chart, the Jags might opt to pass on the position... but that doesn't mean they should.
Unless Bijan Robinson is available at No. 24, the Jaguars won't likely target a running back in the first three rounds but how about the fourth or the fifth? At that point of the draft, they will have probably taken care of all their needs, so it would be a good idea to look for a running back prospect with huge upside.
Johnson will tentatively compete with Hasty for the No. 2 spot on the depth chart but he's only signed for a year, so if he leaves in 2024, the Jags should have a potential replacement ready to take his place. Roschon Johnson and Tyjae Spears are two prospects that might be available in Round 4. Coincidentally, Jacksonville has two selections in the fourth round, Nos. 121 and 127, so they could easily afford to take a running back.
Johnson was second fiddle to Robinson at Texas but he will enter the NFL without much thread on the tires, and if he were to share the backfield with Etienne, the Jaguars could potentially have one of the top running back duos in the NFL.
Similarly, Spears has seen his draft stock increase since showing out at the Reese's Senior Bowl. Although he could be off the board by Round 3, the Jaguars should consider going after him if he's still available in the fourth.