Draftees the Jaguars regret ignoring in favor of CJ Henderson in the 2020 NFL Draft

Aug 17, 2020; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback CJ Henderson (21).
Aug 17, 2020; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback CJ Henderson (21). / Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports
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No. 4 draftee the Jaguars regret ignoring for CJ Henderson: Jerry Jeudy, WR

Let's get this out of the way. Former Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell wasn't good at identifying talent in the draft. While he did have a few hits throughout his tenure, he struck out more often than not. By 2020, his misses had left the roster devoid of talent and maybe he wouldn't have been fired at the end of that year if they had nailed two of the three picks he had in the top 50. Spoiler alert: He didn't.

In Caldwell's defense, a handful of clubs that choose from picks eight to No. 19 (Las Vegas Raiders, New York Jets, San Francisco 49ers) would also like a do-over. And based on how things have played out, the Jacksonville Jaguars wouldn't mind taking wide receiver Jerry Jeudy at No. 9. The Alabama standout has been solid over the last three years, hauling 260 receptions for 3,396 yards with 20 touchdowns.

You could even make the case that Jeudy's numbers would look even better if he hadn't been catching passes from the likes of Teddy Bridgewater and Drew Lock in his first two seasons. Heck, he eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark with an underwhelming Russell Wilson throwing to him. It's fair to assume that Jeudy can post even better numbers with a leaner and meaner Russ Danger behind center in 2023.

It's true that DJ Chark Jr. was coming off a Pro Bowl trip in 2020 but the truth is that there was room for Jeudy in the Jaguars' wide receiver corps that year. Simply, Dave Caldwell thought Henderson was going to be the better player (He wasn't).