Jacksonville Jaguars add Bryan Bresee to D-Line in CBS Sports 2023 NFL Mock Draft
The Jacksonville Jaguars have a top-10 quarterback in Trevor Lawrence and their front office has revamped the offense over the last two years, so it makes sense for them to load up on defensive talent in the 2023 NFL Draft. Although there are several routes the Jags can take in the first round, Will Brinson of CBS Sports has them going with Clemson defensive lineman Bryan Bresee in his latest mock draft.
Brinson has the Baltimore Ravens shipping Lamar Jackson to the Indianapolis Colts. This potential trade would affect some of the clubs slated to pick in the top 10 but it might not have a bearing in Jacksonville's selection at No. 24. Brinson argues that the Jaguars' brass must do what they can to upgrade Lawrence's supporting cast but thinks that also need to load up on defensive talent if they want to remain at the top of the AFC South.
"Anything to help Trevor Lawrence is a perfectly reasonable decision to make but the Jaguars need to keep piling up pieces on defense if they want to remain top dog in the AFC South."
A five-star recruit out of high school, Bresee has the athletic traits to succeed in the NFL. He possesses an ample repertoire of pass-rush moves and can play different roles across the defensive line. On the other hand, the former Clemson Tiger has missed 10 games over the last two seasons (2021 torn ACL, 2022 kidney infection and illness) and must show he's fully healthy before a team takes a flyer on him.
Kyle Crabbs of The Draft Network currently sees Bresee as a "high-variance projection" but believes he can get back to his elite form in time. This isn't the first time Bresee has been mocked to the Jags and he seems to be a realistic target in the first round.
Bryan Bresee would bolster the Jacksonville Jaguars D-Line in the 2023 NFL Draft
The Jaguars signed defensive linemen Henry Mondeaux and Michael Dogbe in free agency. Although both players have potential, they're currently developmental projects and the team's brass must fortify the trenches. Breese would be a solid pickup in the draft IF he's fully healthy.
Bresee's athleticism and power are top-notch but Jacksonville and any other team interested in investing a draft pick in him would most likely want to know if he's a full-go. If Jacksonville selects him, they could add him their defensive line rotation and progressively increase his playing time.
On the other hand, the Jaguars have other needs besides defensive tackle and might want to take a cornerback or an offensive lineman in the first round. The pick will probably come down to what players are available when they're on the clock at No. 24.
The Jaguars have to take care of a handful of needs in the draft but they can follow several paths to address all of them. If they think Bresee is their best option with the 24th overall pick, they should take him and select a cornerback in the second or third round.