5 Jacksonville Jaguars intriguing targets at No. 24 in the 2023 NFL Draft
No. 1 draft target for the Jacksonville Jaguars at No. 24 - Cam Smith
Coming off a 9-7 season and their first AFC South title since 2017, the Jaguars don't have many weaknesses and have playmakers at key positions, including Trevor Lawrence. However, the team's brass can't rest on their laurels if they want to avoid taking a step back next season. In particular, the Jags must upgrade their cornerback room.
Cornerback is without a doubt the Jaguars' most pressing need this offseason and that's been the case even before they parted ways with Shaquill Griffin, who missed several games in 2022 with a back injury and was released to free up cap space.
The Jags have a solid cornerback tandem in Darious Williams and Tyson Campbell, an ascending talent that should get even better in Year 3. However, they're missing someone who can line up in the slot. Tre Herndon, who signed a one-year deal in free agency, can step in at nickel if needed but he's better suited in a reserve role.
Ideally, Jacksonville would like to find a corner that can line up either inside or outside and Cam Smith might fit the bill. The 2021 All-SEC Second Team manned the slot at times but mostly played in the boundaries for the Gamecocks. Even though Cory Giddins of Bleacher Report projects Smith as an outside corner, he could fare well inside and could even make an impact as a rookie for the Jaguars.
Giddins says the biggest knock on Smith is his inconsistent tackling but expects him to compete for a starting job right off the bat.