Biggest winners and losers from the Jaguars' 2024 NFL Draft class

Here are the players and coaches who benefited the most from the Jaguars' 2024 NFL Draft class. Also, a couple who were affected.
Jul 30, 2021; Jacksonville, FL, USA;  Jacksonville Jaguars offensive tackle Walker Little (72) and
Jul 30, 2021; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars offensive tackle Walker Little (72) and / Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports
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Jaguars No. 3 biggest winners from the 2024 NFL Draft: Cam Robinson, Zay Jones

You could argue that Cam Robinson and Zay Jones deserve a separate entry but they were included in just one because both of them were seen as potential trade candidates (guilty as charged) heading into the draft. Make no mistake, the Jaguars could've benefited from trading them, but they chose to keep them around, at least for now.

Had the Jags traded Jones and Robinson, they could've gotten a pair of extra draft picks, one for each. Moreover, they would've freed up over $20 million in space. It's possible that the team's brass did want to trade them but didn't get an offer they liked. For the time being, though, both Robinson and Jones remain on the roster.

Jaguars No. 2 biggest loser from the 2024 NFL Draft: Riley Patterson

Riley Patterson shined at times in 2022, but the Jaguars weren't fully sold on him, so they signed veteran Brandon McManus to replace him. On paper, the move made sense, as McManus had a stronger leg than his veteran counterpart. In practice, he got off to a strong start but faded down the stretch.

Without any other viable alternatives, the Jaguars brought back Patterson in the offseason, but they also signed Joey Slye in free agency, showing they don't feel comfortable with the state of the kicker position. Looking to bring stability once and for all, the team's brass drafted Cam Little in the sixth round.

Little's arrival doesn't bode well for Patterson's and Slye's chances of sticking around. He's the youngest of the bunch but has a stronger leg than Patterson and he's more accurate than Slye. If he can build off of his productive career at Arkansas, he should have no trouble winning the Jaguars' kicker job in 2024.

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