4 value prospects the Jaguars can target on Day 2 of the 2024 NFL Draft

• Here are 4 prospects the Jaguars should target on Day 2 of the 2024 NFL Draft.
Dec 30, 2023; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Georgia Bulldogs wide receiver Ladd McConkey (84) makes a
Dec 30, 2023; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Georgia Bulldogs wide receiver Ladd McConkey (84) makes a / Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports
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1. Max Melton, CB - Rutgers

Wide receiver or cornerback? That's probably the biggest question surrounding the Jaguars and the position they will address in the first round. On one hand, they need to round out their wide receiver corps. On the other hand, adding a cornerback also makes sense. After all, they signed Ronald Darby in free agency but they need a shutdown corner.

It's true that Tyson Campbell is still in the mix, but there's no guarantee he'll bounce back from an injured-marred season. Moreover, he's scheduled to become a free agent in 2025, so it may make sense to start looking for his potential replacement in case he leaves. If the Jaguars go wide receiver in the first round, they could then target Max Melton in the second.

At 5'11", Melton doesn't have a great size for the position. Heck, you could even make the case he's better suited to line up in the slot but he's got the traits to thrive in the boundaries. The former Rutgers Scarlett Knight showed his athleticism at the scouting combine with a 40-yard time of 4.39 seconds and his superb change of direction should help him shadow opposing receivers.

Last year, Melton appeared in 12 games and posted three interceptions, and six passes defensed. On top of that, he contributed on special teams.

At Rutgers, Melton played press coverage outside, so he wouldn't have much trouble making the transition to Ryan Nielsen's scheme. Then again, he wouldn't need to be thrust into action right away. He could learn the ropes behind Campbell and Darby and get more playing time as the season progresses.

All things considered, Melton would be an enticing option in Rounds 2 or 3 if the Jaguars prioritize other positions with pick No. 17. An alternative would be to take a cornerback in the first round and double dip at the position if Melton is available in the third.

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