3. Justin Madubuike, defensive lineman
From the get-go, Justin Madubuike had an impact in the NFL but it wasn't until 2023 that he truly showcased how dominant he could be. A third-round pick by the Baltimore Ravens in 2020, Madubuike flashed early in his NFL career and got better as time passed. By Year 4, he had become one of the best young defensive linemen in the league.
Madubuike posted a career-best 13 sacks and 64 total pressures last year. On a unit that feature Kyle Hamilton, linebacker Roquan Smith, and cornerback Marlon Humphrey, he made his presence felt. Now, he's set to become a free agent and is about to get paid handsomely. Baltimore will most likely make an aggressive effort to ensure he doesn't leave. They routinely try their best to keep their homegrown talent and the former Texas A&M Aggie won't be any different.
But if Madubuike does hit the open market, the Jaguars should try to pursue him. You could argue that they already gave long-term contracts to Roy Robertson-Harris and DaVon Hamilton but neither is as dominant as Madubuike. Granted, newly hired defensive coordinator Ryan Nielsen should turn both Hamilton and Robertson-Harris into more productive players. That said, imagine how dominant the Jaguars' defensive line would be with Madubuike in the fold.
The downside of going after Madubuike (or any player of his caliber) is that he's going to command a top-market contract. But if he's able to build on last season's success and wreak havoc in Jacksonville, would it matter? Probably not. Sure, the Jags would be in a cap crunch in 2025 but it would be worth it if they get a shot at making the Super Bowl, right?