Draftees not named Lamar Jackson the Jaguars regret ignoring in favor of Taven Bryan

Apr 26, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; Taven Bryan (Florida) is selected as the number twenty-nine.
Apr 26, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; Taven Bryan (Florida) is selected as the number twenty-nine. / Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
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Player 3 the Jaguars should've drafted instead of Taven Bryan: Christian Kirk, WR

After opting not to re-sign wide receiver Allen Robinson in 2018, the Jaguars' brass had to replace him and they did precisely that when they took DJ Chark Jr. in the second round of the 2018 draft. But what if they had taken Christian Kirk in the previous round? Even better, what if they had selected two receivers with back-to-back picks?

Having released Allen Hurns in 2018, the Jaguars' offense would have surely benefited from an infusion of talent. Kirk and Chark would have provided that boost. Kirk ultimately landed with the Arizona Cardinals at No. 47 and went on to put up respectable numbers as a rookie, specifically 43 receptions for 590 yards with three touchdowns. He steadily got better and came close to the 1,000-yard mark in his last season in the desert.

By now, you know the story. The Jaguars gave the former Texas A&M Auggie a four-year deal worth $72 million last offseason and were heavily scrutinized for it. Mainly because Kirk hadn't had more than 1,000 yards in a season and it was uncertain how he would fare as a No. 1 receiver full-time. He answered both questions by catching 84 passes for 1,1108 yards with eight touchdowns as the main target on the Jaguars' offense last year.

Maybe Kirk wouldn't have gotten a second contract in Jacksonville if he had been drafted by the Jaguars, but there's no doubt he would have been Blake Bortles and later Gardner Minshew a pretty good weapon in their arsenal.