Draftees the Jaguars regret ignoring in favor of K'Lavon Chaisson in 2020 NFL Draft

Feb 27, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Louisiana State linebacker K'Lavon Chaisson (LB09).
Feb 27, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Louisiana State linebacker K'Lavon Chaisson (LB09). / Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports
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No. 3 draftee the Jaguars regret ignoring for K'Lavon Chaisson: Kyle Dugger, S

One of the Jaguars' biggest weaknesses in 2020 was safety. That year, they ranked 27th in the league in passing touchdowns allowed and that number wouldn't have been nearly as bad if they had a solid option protecting the back end.

That year, the Jaguars' starting duo at safety were Josh Jones and Jarrod Wilson, solid reserves that shouldn't have gotten as much playing time as he did. Wilson, an undrafted free agent in 2020, had worked his way up the depth chart and had signed a three-year extension worth $9 million the year before. A core contributor on special teams, he showed in 2020 that he wasn't suited for the featured role.

Similarly, Jones was a 2017 fourth-round pick by the Green Bay Packers that had already suited up for the Dallas Cowboys prior to joining the Jags in 2020. Even though the former North Carolina State standout fared relatively well in Jacksonville, that shouldn't have stopped the front office from addressing the safety position in the draft.

Had the Jags done so with the 20th overall selection, they could have taken Xavier McKenney or Kyle Dugger. Neither wouldn't have been a bad pick but Dugger, who went to the New England Patriots at No. 37, has been the more durable and more productive of the two.

The former Lenoir-Rhyne Bear has registered 234 total tackles, 10 passes defended, and seven interceptions in 50 games with 34 starts. The downside of drafting Dugger is that the Jaguars wouldn't have signed Rayshawn Jenkins in 2021. Even worse, they might have passed on Andre Cisco in the draft knowing they had Dugger in the fold.