4 under-the-radar Jaguars targets to watch at NFL Scouting Combine

• The Jaguars should take a close look at these four prospects at the 2024 NFL Scouting Combine.

Nov 18, 2023; Los Angeles, California, USA; USC Trojans wide receiver Brenden Rice (2) reacts after
Nov 18, 2023; Los Angeles, California, USA; USC Trojans wide receiver Brenden Rice (2) reacts after / Jason Parkhurst-USA TODAY Sports
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4. Tanor Bortolini, Wisconsin, interior offensive line

Making upgrades to the center spot should be at the top of the Jacksonville Jaguars' to-do list this offseason. Fortunately for them, they'll be in a position to select Jackson Powers-Johnson, the top center in the draft, at No. 17.

But as good as Powers-Johnson is, he's not the only center the Jags could target in the draft. In fact, Trent Baalke told the media he thinks this year's interior offensive line group is pretty stacked, and one prospect the Jags may want to keep an eye on at the scouting combine is Tanor Bortolini.

A three-star recruit coming out of high school, Bortolini made 12 starts for Wisconsin last year. However, he also lined up at right guard, right tackle, and left guard. That kind of versatility could come in handy in Jacksonville. While he lacks elite strength, his footwork and outstanding pad level will allow him to win at the line scrimmage.

Brandon Thorn of the Bleacher Report scouting department says that Bortolini didn't do much to boost his stock at Senior Bowl practice but believes he could develop into a spot starter or depth piece. Maybe he needs more time to get acclimated to the center position but he would be worth a fourth or fifth-round pick.

In Jacksonville, Bortolini could compete with incumbent Luke Fortner for the center job or perhaps he could learn the nuances of playing guard behind veteran Brandon Scherff. Either way, he would be a solid developmental prospect in Jacksonville. He would also be a solid alternative in case they address other needs early in the draft but still want to add depth to the interior offensive line.