Grading all 9 picks the Jaguars made in the 2024 NFL Draft

• The Jaguars came out of the 2024 draft with nine selections. Here's a grade for each one of them.
Apr 25, 2024; Detroit, MI, USA; LSU Tigers wide receiver Brian Thomas Jr. poses after being selected
Apr 25, 2024; Detroit, MI, USA; LSU Tigers wide receiver Brian Thomas Jr. poses after being selected / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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Jordan Jefferson, DT - Round 4, pick 116

This was arguably the Jaguars first and most puzzling selection of the draft. They had already selected Maason Smith in the second round and they weren't particularly thin at defensive tackle. That said, Jordan Jefferson comes with a few intriguing tools.

Jefferson began his college career at West Virginia but transferred to LSU in 2022. Right off the bat, he showed playmaking potential, ranking second in tackles even though he was 10th in defensive snaps. He needs to work on maintaining a low stance. Similarly, he must develop a repertoire of pass-rush moves but the talent is there.

Overall, the biggest downside of drafting Jefferson is that the Jaguars could have a logjam at the bottom of the defensive tackle depth chart. Jefferson will be competing with fellow rookie Maason Smith and sophomore Tyler Lacy. Conversely, there's no such thing as too much talent, so it won't hurt to have a surplus of depth.

Grade: C

Deantre Prince, CB - Round 5, pick 153

The Jaguars didn't want to waste the chance to add depth to their cornerback group, taking Deantre Prince in the fifth round. Prince, a three-year starter at Ole Miss, is an intriguing developmental prospect.

At 6'0" and 185 pounds, Prince's got the size to line up inside or outside. The coaching staff may want to settle him at one position but he may end up playing in boundaries or the slot.

Prince is a feisty competitor but he needs to do a better job of recognizing routes. He must also polish his tackling technique, as he showed a penchant for missing tackles. The Missouri native will need to show out in training camp to make the team, but the same can be said about most players drafted in the fifth round and later.

The Jaguars could've gone in several directions at No. 163 but ultimately took a wager on Prince's upside. Worst-case scenario, he'll provide depth at cornerback while contributing on special teams.

Grade: C