4 former draft picks the Jacksonville Jaguars wish they could bring back
No. 3 draft pick the Jacksonville Jaguars would like back: Josh Oliver
The Jags haven't historically prioritized the tight end position but they have had some good players don the Black and Teal. Marcedes Lewis was one of the best blockers in the league but and solid pass catcher. Similarly, Kyle Brady held several team records until Evan Engram broke them last year.
Another solid tight end that spent with the Jaguars was Josh Oliver, a third-round pick in the 2019 draft. The difference between him and Lewis or Brady is that the team's brass moved up too soon from him. While it's true that injuries limited him to just four games in his first two NFL seasons, he developed into a solid blocker for the Baltimore Ravens after he was traded for a conditional seventh-round pick.
At the time of the trade, the Jags were holding a firesale and trying to stockpile draft picks but that doesn't justify giving up on Oliver after just two seasons. The Minnesota Vikings recognized his value and gave him a three-year deal worth $21 million, which isn't bad for a player that has carved a niche as a blocking specialist.
The silver lining of parting ways with Oliver is that the Jaguars have paid more attention to the tight end position. Last season, they signed Engram and used the franchise tag on him after a breakout season. Similarly, they used a second-round pick in this year's draft on Branton "Not-Stephen" Strange, who gives Jacksonville a dynamic duo at tight end in 2023.