4 former draft picks the Jacksonville Jaguars wish they could bring back
Even though teams spent months studying and analyzing prospects, the NFL Draft is an inexact science and even the clubs with the best track record have their share fair of misses. This is why the Jacksonville Jaguars were consistently bad throughout the 2010s with general manager Dave Caldwell leading the front office.
Although Caldwell did have a few hits, his flops were too many to overcome and he was given the boot in 2020. With Trent Baalke taking his place, the Jags have done a better job of replenishing the roster over the last three years. Having said that, Baalke hasn't been perfect. Just like his predecessor, he's made a few questionable picks. Similarly, both drafted players that could have an impact for the Jaguars but were let go for different reasons.
So which players the Jaguars wish they could have back? Here are four that come to mind.
No. 4 draft pick the Jacksonville Jaguars would like back: Jay Tufele
The Jaguars have poured resources into the defensive line over the last three years. Besides signing and later re-signing Roy Robertson-Harris, they inked defensive tackle Folorunso Fatukasi last offseason.
Similarly, the top brass rewarded 2020 third-round pick DaVon Hamilton with a three-year deal worth $34.5 million just before the draft but the case could be made that they would have had another solid piece in the trenches if they had kept Jay Tufele around instead of parting ways with him before the start of the 2022 season.
Moving on from Tufele was a bit surprising since he had just been drafted in 2021. Maybe the former USC Trojan wasn't a fit in defensive coordinator Mike Caldwell's scheme but he became a solid piece of the Cincinnati Bengals rotation last season, logging 128 defensive snaps and 15 total tackles. While those aren't eye-popping numbers, Tufele is still developing and would have been a solid depth piece in Jacksonville playing on his rookie deal.