5 most likely scenarios for the Jaguars in Round 1 of the 2024 NFL Draft

• Here are 5 routes the Jaguars could take on Day 1 of the 2024 NFL Draft.
Malik Nabers 8 dives for a ball as the LSU Tigers take on Texas A&M in Tiger Stadium in Baton
Malik Nabers 8 dives for a ball as the LSU Tigers take on Texas A&M in Tiger Stadium in Baton / SCOTT CLAUSE/USA TODAY Network / USA
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2. The Jaguars could trade down and stockpile additional selections

This path hasn't been discussed nearly enough but it should. Last year, the Jags had the No. 24 pick but moved twice and ended up with the 27th overall selection. They still took the player they wanted, offensive tackle Anton Harrison, and managed to get extra selections along the way.

If the Jaguars are on the clock at No. 17 and feel they can move down and still land a player they like, they won't think twice and entertain offers. The Philadelphia Eagles are reportedly looking for a potential trade-up. They want to land one of the top cornerback prospects but they may not be able to get the one they wish at No. 22. They would be the ideal partner to move down.

The Jags could then use whatever picks they get from Philly as ammo to move up in either the second or third round.

1. The Jaguars trade up for Malik Nabers or Rome Odunze

This scenario has been discussed on the days preceding the draft. The Jags met with Rome Odunze during the scouting combine but he's expected to go in the top 10. This means that Jacksonville would need to move up to acquire him. The same is true for fellow receiver Malik Nabers.

The Jags are reportedly extremely high on Nabers, and may be willing to trade up to take him. If the team's brass wants either one, they'll need to make a trade with either the Chicago Bears (pick No. 9) or the Atlanta Falcons (pick No. 8). The former has been seen as a potential trade for teams who want to trade up. The latter may be open to entertaining offers.

In fact, Benjamin Solak of The Ringer has Jacksonville doing business with the Falcons and trading up to No. 8 to select Nabers in his latest mock. In this trade, the Jags give up picks No. 17, 48, and a 2025 fourth-round pick in exchange for pick No. 8 and pick No. 109.

If the Jaguars think Nabers is the WR1 the offense is missing, they should most definitely make this trade.

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