4 Jacksonville Jaguars who are vulnerable to being replaced in the 2023 NFL Draft
Jacksonville Jaguars player 1 that could be replaced in the draft: Ben Bartch
This may feel like an overreaction after hearing Doug Pederson say that left guard Ben Bartch is still rehabbing the knee injury he suffered last year and might not be ready for the start of training camp. But even if Bartch were fully healthy, there are reasons to believe he could be replaced in the draft.
For starters, Bartch is entering the last year of his rookie deal and there's a chance he might not be part of the team's long-term plans. A fourth-round pick in 2020, the former St. John Johnny has progressively gotten better and he's seen his playing time increase.
Having said that, Bartch isn't a franchise building block, and even if he were, he's not exempt from losing his job due to injuries. Does that sound harsh? Totally but that's the nature of the NFL.
Unless you're Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady, you're one injury away from getting benched (or released). Heck, Drew Bledsoe lost his job to Brady back in 2021.
During his exchange with the media, Trent Baalke revealed that the Jaguars are targeting three players in the first round and one of them is Florida offensive guard O'Cyrus Torrence. If he's the pick at No. 24, he could challenge Bartch for the starting job at left guard.
It's true that Torrence mostly lined up at right guard in college but that's the position Brandon Scherff plays, so he would probably switch to the left side. And that's the outcome, Bartch could spend the 2023 season on the bench.