Jacksonville Jaguars bolster O-Line in 3 different 2023 NFL Mock Drafts
There are several position the Jacksonville Jaguars could address in the first round of the 2023 but several analysts believes they will go the offensive line route with the 24th overall pick.
Ryan Wilson of CBS Sports thinks Tennessee Darnell Wright is a first-round talent and because protecting Trevor Lawrence should be Jacksonville's top priority, taking him in the first round makes sense.
"The Jags lost Jawaan Taylor in free agency and while Walker Little would seem to be the next man up, the 2021 second-round pick wasn't able to beat out Taylor for the job last August. He fared well in fill-in duty at left tackle late last season but as Jacksonville looks to take the next step, protecting Trevor Lawrence is job No. 1. Wright, meanwhile, is a first-round talent all day long, and don't be surprised if he's RT1 -- and maybe even one of the first offensive linemen off the board. "
On the other hand, Pete Prisco, also with CBS Sports, thinks the Jaguars should bolster the guard position and take Florida's O'Cyrus Torrence, arguing that he would give the Jacksonville "one of the biggest lines in the NFL".
But wait, there's more, Gordon McGuinness of Pro Football Focus put together a three-round mock draft and had the Jags picking Oklahoma offensive tackle Anton Harrison. As a bonus, McGuinness has Ohio State center Luke Wypler going to Jacksonville in the second round, which seems like a luxury pick when you take into account that Luke Fortner became a mainstay of the offensive line in his rookie season.
There seems to be a clear theme: The Jaguars need to protect Trevor Lawrence and investing a first-round selection in the offensive line looks like a reasonable strategy even though the Jaguars have a capable left guard in Ben Bartch and a promising talent in Walker Little, who will be the first in line to potentially replace Taylor at right tackle.
O-Line isn't a bad idea but the Jacksonville Jaguars will have options in Round 1
While it's true that Walker Little lost the competition at right tackle, it came down to the wire. Also, this was the first time the former Stanford Cardinal was lining up on the right side, having mostly played left tackle throughout his career.
Getting acclimated to a new position doesn't happen overnight, which is why the Jaguars' coaching staff will give Little extensive reps in the summer, which could in turn help him ready to take over at right tackle. Having said that, it wouldn't hurt to bring in someone to push him. The team's brass just had Cam Fleming for a visit.
A four-round pick by the New England Patriots, Fleming has plenty of starting experience, so he could come in and compete with Little right off the bat. Also, he would be the top backup at offensive tackle, which would allow Jacksonville to use the No. 24 pick on another position group, maybe cornerback or pass rusher.
But if the Jaguars want to draft an offensive lineman, either a guard or a tackle, in the first round, that strategy also makes sense. Even though they have pressing needs, the goal is to come out of the draft with a playmaker, regardless of the position. And if either Anton Harrison or O'Cyrus Torrence happen to be top-graded players on their board when they're on the clock, they should then use the pick on the offensive line.
Simply, the Jacksonville Jaguars must load up on talent to keep up with other AFC heavyweights and if they think their offensive line needs upgrades, they shouldn't hesitate to use a first-round pick and address other needs in later rounds.