5 prospects the Jacksonville Jaguars must avoid in Round 1 of the 2023 NFL Draft
2. prospect the Jacksonville Jaguars should avoid in the draft: Luke Musgrave
Most of the Jaguars' needs are on defense but there are some positions groups on offense that could use some help in the draft. In particular, the tight end room could use a boost despite the fact that Evan Engram will return for the 2023 season, as both Dan Arnold and Chris Manhertz left in free agency.
Besides Engram, Luke Farrell is the only tight end under contract on the Jags roster, and the former is set to become a free agent next offseason, so it would be a good idea to invest at least one draft pick in the position. The good thing is that this year's tight-end class is quite deep, so Jacksonville could easily find one in either the second or third round.
But if the Jaguars decide to address the position with the 24th overall pick, they will have a wide array of options to choose from, potentially including Michael Mayer, Darnell Washington, and Luke Musgrave. While the first two should be the topic of discussion in the team's war room on draft day, they should avoid Luke Musgrave if he happens to be available.
At 6'3" and 263 pounds, Musgrave has outstanding size for the position. He's an adept in-line blocker and a smooth route runner. However, the former Oregon State Beaver is coming off a season-ending injury and he never had more than 22 catches in a year during his college career. Furthermore, he can struggle if he's jammed at the line of scrimmage and can be rerouted due to his lack of strength.
Even though Musgrave has an intriguing skill set, one that could help him become a difference-maker at tight end, he's more a project than a finished product at this point of his career and there might be better choices available at No. 24.
1. prospect the Jacksonville Jaguars should avoid in the draft: Emmanuel Forbes
You can't talk about the Jaguars' roster needs without bringing their cornerback unit up. Despite the fact that they have a couple of solid starters in Tyson Campbell and Darious Williams, they need to round out the group. Head coach Doug Pederson told the media that he expects Williams to stay in the boundaries after starting manning the slot early in the 2022 season.
Tre Herndon, who returned on a one-year deal, could play nickel early in the season but Jacksonville needs a long-term answer at the position, which is why there's a strong chance they'll select a cornerback early in the draft.
With the draft less than three away, pretty much every cornerback with an early-round grade has been mocked by the Jaguars, even Christian Gonzalez, who will most likely be off the board by the time they're on the clock. And the truth is that many of the top prospects, including Cam Smith, Deonte Banks, and possibly Joey Porter Jr. might be available at No. 24. With that said, they should pass on Emmanuel Forbers.
Nobody will question Forbes' affinity for creating big plays. In 35 games at Mississippi State, he registered 14 interceptions and 20 passes defensed. However, he might be too small to play in the pros at 166 pounds. That weight might have sufficed at the college ranks but he might have a hard time going against physical corners in the draft. Forbes could always bulk up but it's hard to tell how much weight he can put it without affecting his speed.
Although Forbes' ballhawk skills are hard to ignore, his somewhat diminutive is a legitimate cause for concern, which is why the Jaguars should look into other corners in the draft.