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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1. The Jacksonville Jaguars fortify both lines of the NFL Draft

The Jaguars lost right tackle Jawaan Taylor in free agency but third-year offensive tackle Walker Little is ready to take his place in the starting lineup. Moreover, the front office signed Josh Wells in free agency and due to his ability to line up on either tackle spot, offensive tackle doesn't seem to be a position of need ahead of the draft. On the other hand, Jacksonville might start looking for alternatives at left tackle with Ben Bartch's availability for training camp in question.

Bartch dislocated his knee last year and is still recovering. Moreover, he's entering the last year of his rookie year and it may currently be too early to tell if he'll return in 2024, so drafting an offensive guard early in the draft doesn't seem unreasonable.

Florida offensive guard O'Cyrus Torrence is one of the prospects the Jaguars could be targeting with the 24th overall pick but if he's off the board by the time they're on the clock, they should then focus on making upgrades to their pass-rush rotation. If Jacksonville does decide to focus on their front seven in the first round, defensive end Myles Murphy (Clemson) and outside linebacker Nolan Smith (Georgia) then become two prospects worth keeping tabs on.

The bottom line is that the Jaguars need to give keep Trevor Lawrence upright in 2023 and get after the quarterback more often. Improving both lines ensures that they'll accomplish both goals.

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