5 Jacksonville Jaguars intriguing targets at No. 24 in the 2023 NFL Draft
No. 4 draft target for the Jacksonville Jaguars at No. 24 - Myles Murphy
The Jags had the top pick in the draft the last two years but they'll be picking in the second half of the first round after going 9-7 and winning the AFC South last season. At No. 24, they will be in a position to take edge rusher Myles Murphy, who could give a boost to their pass-rush rotation.
Even though outside linebacker Travon Walker is set to improve in 2023, bookend edge rusher Josh Allen is entering a contract year and is currently unknown if he'll remain with the team beyond next season. On top of that, 2020 first-round pick K'Lavon Chaisson might be on the roster bubble, and defensive end Arden Key signed with the Tennessee Titans in free agency.
The Jags could bring back Dawuane Smoot, who became a free agent but remains unsigned. He has been a mainstay of the defense since Jacksonville drafted him in 2017 but he's coming off an Achilles tear he sustained near the end of the 2022 season. Whether the team's brass re-sign Smoot or not, they could target Clemson edge rusher Myles Murphy with the 24th overall selection.
A five-star recruit out of high school, Murphy has a nasty bull rush but also has the bend and acceleration to get around the edge. At 275 pounds, he has better-than-expected athleticism for a player his size and superb recognition skills. On the other hand, the Georgia native must work on his pass-rushing moves. Similarly, he has to take better angles and avoid overpursuing ball carriers.
Murphy can drop back in coverage and rush the quarterback from a standup position. However, Matt Holder of the Bleacher Report scouting department believes he's better suited to play in a three-point stance, noting that the former Clemson Tiger is "somewhat scheme-versatile" for a team looking for a defensive end that plays with his hand on the group.