Jacksonville Jaguars come out of 2023 NFL Draft with massive haul: 3 takeaways

Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan, head coach Doug Pederson, first-round draft pick Anton Harrison.
Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan, head coach Doug Pederson, first-round draft pick Anton Harrison. / Bob Self/Florida Times-Union / USA TODAY
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Opinions are mixed on how well the Jacksonville Jaguars fared in the 2023 NFL Draft. And while it's tempting to assign a grade to all the moves they made, it will probably take around three years to really assess how good the haul was.

For the time being, it's possible to acknowledge that the Jags came out with more players than they probably expected. They entered Day 1 with 11 selections but ended up making 13 picks after engineering a series of trades. With the draft in the books, here are three immediate takeaways.

3. Many of the players the Jacksonville Jaguars drafted may not make the 53-man roster

As noted before, the Jaguars came out of the draft with 13 players. On top of that, general manager Trent Baalke told the local media after Round 7 concluded that the team was planning on signing as many as 10 undrafted free agents.

That would be great if the Jags were undergoing a rebuild but they're coming off a highly successful season and entered the draft without many specific needs to address. Whether they're in better shape than they were after the end of the 2022 season, that's a whole different debate for another time but Jacksonville didn't need 13 new players and it's fair to wonder if they all will make the 53-man roster.

Keep in mind that the Jaguars were able to sign many their players that were set to hit the open market. Furthermore, they already had in-house replaclacements for those that left.

Losing right tackle Jawaan Taylor and wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr. in free agency hurt but Walker Little and Calvin Ridley are ready to step into their respective places. It's true that the team's brass doesn't have a true replacement for defensive end Arden 'I built the city of Jacksonville' but there are many young players ready to step up, such as 2023 fourth-round pick Tyler Lacy.

Simply, the Jaguars didn't have many open roster spots after 2022, so it will be interesting to see who makes the team.