4 top-notch prospects the Jaguars can trade down for in the 2024 NFL Draft

• Here are 4 prospects the Jaguars could land even after trading down in the first round of the draft.
Texas Longhorns wide receiver Adonai Mitchell (5) makes a touchdown catch over Washington cornerback
Texas Longhorns wide receiver Adonai Mitchell (5) makes a touchdown catch over Washington cornerback / Aaron E. Martinez/American-Statesman /
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1. Adonai Mitchell, WR - Texas

One of the Jaguars' biggest blunders in free agency was letting wide receiver Calvin Ridley leave. While they weren't going to match the four-year, $92 million offer the Tennesse Titans made him, they could've kept him if they had used the franchise tag on him. Had he gotten the tag, Ridley wouldn't have hit the open market and Jacksonville would've kept their second-round round pick.

However, the Jags couldn't use the tag on Ridley because outside linebacker Josh Allen got it. Now, the front office will be tasked with finding Ridley's replacement. And in case you were wondering, no, Gabe Davis isn't it. Jacksonville expected him to play next to each other. Fortunately for them, this year's receiver class is loaded, so they'll have ample options.

If the Jags want to stay put at No. 17, Brian Thomar Jr. will most likely be available. But if they want to call dibs on one of the big three (Marvin Harrison Jr., Malik Nabers or Rome Odunze), they'll need to move up into the top 10. Conversely, the team's brass could trade down and still have a chance to land Adonai Mitchell.

Last year, Mitchell hauled in 55 receptions and 845 yards with 11 touchdowns at Texas. At 6'2" and 205 pounds, he's got the size to line up as an X receiver in the NFL. While he doesn't have elite speed, he's no slouch either, having posted a 40-yard dash of 4.34 seconds at the scouting combine. On top of that, he can run all routes, so he could contribute right out of the gate in Jacksonville.

Both Mitchell and former teammate Xavier Worthy are projected to go in the top 50, so the Jags could trade down a bit and still land him in the 20s. That said, there will be a handful of teams in need of help at receiver — the Cowboys, Chiefs and Bills come to mind — that could target him late in Round 1, so the Jags wouldn't be able to move back too many spots.

Still, the prospect of drafting a receiver of Mitchell's potential while accumulating draft picks is an intriguing course of action.

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