5 most exciting options for the Jaguars at No. 17 in the 2024 NFL Draft

• What are the best options for the Jaguars when they're on the clock at No. 17?
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2. Terrion Arnold, cornerback

This is a good year to draft a cornerback. Teams in need at the position will have ample options and could even come out with an starter in Rounds 2 or 3. General manager Trent Baalke says he likes the depth at the position, but it would be a good idea to address it as early as possible.

After all, the Jaguars are switching to a press-heavy scheme under defensive coordinator Ryan Nielsen. Baalke emphasized during his pre-draft press conference that scheme will play a role in how they assess prospects.

If the Jags want to take a corner that fulfills all the requirements, Terrion Arnold is their guy. At 6'0" and 196 pounds, he has the size to succeed in the boundaries. He's a willing tackler who would be ideal for Nielsen's system. The only issue is that Arnold may be off the board at No. 17, but if he's still available and Jacksonville wants to take a corner, he should be the pick.

1. Brian Thomas Jr., wide receiver

If the Jaguars fail to trade up for Malik Nabers, they could very well take his former teammate, Brian Thomas Jr., at No. 17. Even though he's not as coveted, Thomas is also projected to go in the first round. Alongside Thomas, he hauled in 68 receptions for 1,177 yards with 17 touchdowns last year. He needs to do a better job of creating separation and fending off receivers at the line of scrimmage.

However, Thomas has all the traits you want in a top receiver prospect. He's got the speed to stretch the field and excels at tracking the ball. Sure, he's a bit rough around the edges but could end up being a game-changer with enough refining. And the best part is that the Jaguars won't have to give up draft assets to acquire him.

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