4 Jacksonville Jaguars who could be nice surprises in 2024

• These 4 players could turn out be nice surprises for the Jaguars next season.

Aug 19, 2023; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Elijah Cooks (84) stiff
Aug 19, 2023; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Elijah Cooks (84) stiff / Lon Horwedel-USA TODAY Sports
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3. Gregory Junior, CB

Cornerback is one of the Jags' biggest needs ahead of the draft despite the fact that they signed Ronald Darby in free agency. Darby is set to start opposite Tyson Campbell next season but he may only be a temporary solution. Similarly, Campbell is set to become a free agent in 2025, so it would be a good idea to invest a couple picks in the position, one potential starter, and a developmental prospect.

But even if Jacksonville adds reinforcements to their cornerback room, they should also expect Gregory Junior to keep making strides. A seventh-round pick in 2022, Junior earned the distinction of being the first player out of Ouachita Baptist to be drafted. Unfortunately, he didn't make the initial 53-man roster and landed in the practice squad as a rookie.

Junior was eventually promoted to the active roster but only logged 18 total snaps on defense. Having adjusted to the pros, the Arkansas native was one of the most improved players in training camp and made the initial roster in his sophomore campaign. He also experienced an increase in playing time, with 98 total defensive snaps.

Heading into Year 3, Junior should have a favorable position to earn the top backup role. Chris Claybrooks and Tre Herndon are gone. Also, Tevaughn Campell is not more than a reserve at this point of his career, so Junior should have no trouble earning more playing time in 2024, even if the team's brass brings in another corner in the draft.