4 free agents the Jacksonville Jaguars could sign following the 2023 NFL Draft
No. 3 free agent the Jaguars could sign after the draft: Troy Hill, CB
Even though cornerback was one of the Jaguars' top needs entering the draft, the front office waited until the sixth round to address it, taking Rutgers' Christian Braswell with the 202nd overall selection. The front office also chose defensive back Antonio Johnson, who often lined up in the slot at Texas A&M, in Round 5. However, head coach Doug Pederson told the media after Day 3 of the draft that they expected Johnson to stay at safety in Jacskonville.
While Pederson should reconsider his stance and try out Johnson in the slot, there's a chance Tre Herndon could start the regular season inside. While Herndon isn't necessarily a bad player, he isn't great either, which is why the team's brass should consider an upgrade.
Leaving Johnson aside, the Jaguars' coaching staff could give Braswell and sophomores Gregory Junior and Montaric Brown a chance to challenge Herndon for the nickel spot but they could also look for help outside the building. More specifically, they could sign Troy Hill, who has ample experience lining up inside. Former Indianapolis Colts and Las Vegas Raiders' slot cornerback Rock Ya-Sin would have also made sense but just signed a one-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens.
After going undrafted, Hill spent time with the Cincinnati Bengals and the New England Patriots before finding his footing with the Los Angeles Rams, where he's spent most of his NFL career. Although the former Oregon Duck signed with the Cleveland Browns in 2021, he returned to Los Angeles last year.
Hill mostly lined up in the slot for the Rams and he could have a similar role in Jacksonville, with Darious Williams and Tyson Campbell expected to start in the boundaries in 2023.