Jacksonville Jaguars go all defense in 4-round 2024 NFL Mock Draft

• The Jaguars stack their defense with lots of talent in this 4-round NFL Mock draft.

Feb 29, 2024; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Texas defensive lineman T'Vondre Sweat (DL25) works out during
Feb 29, 2024; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Texas defensive lineman T'Vondre Sweat (DL25) works out during / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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Tykee Smith, S, Georgia - Round 4, pick 114

Having addressed their biggest needs in the first three rounds, the Jaguars can now start looking for potential gems. While they're set at safety, they could still add depth. Ahead of free agency, they released veteran Rayshawn Jenkins in a cap-saving move. While it's true that they have an in-house replacement in Antonio Johnson, it wouldn't hurt to draft a developmental prospect at this stage of the draft.

After all, Andre Cisco is slated to be a free agent next season and the Jags should have insurance in case he leaves. Tykee Smith would be a solid pick in the fourth round. The biggest knock on Smith is that he lacks elite speed but he makes up for it by having great vision and awareness. Furthermore, he's got the flexibility to line up at nickel and safety, and that kind of flexibility would be welcomed in Duval.

Junior Colson, LB, Michigan - Round 4, pick 116

Linebacker is another position the Jaguars don't have to worry about in 2024. They just re-signed Foyesade Oluokun and have a pair of serviceable backups in Chad Muma and Ventrell Miller. Both of them could compete for playing time behind Devon Lloyd next season.

Having said that, it wouldn't hurt to add another linebacker to the mix once the team's brass has taken care of other needs. This is especially true when you take into account that the Jags got an extra fourth-round pick when they swapped places with the New Orleans Saints in the draft last year.

Michigan's Junior Colson would be an enticing prospect with starting potential in the fourth round. While he struggles to diagnose running plays, he's got the physical skills to eventually develop into a steady contributor. Also working in his favor is that Colson has the speed to keep up with running backs and tight ends in coverage.

At this stage of his young career, Colson is a work in progress, but he's a prospect worth taking a flyer on, even if the Jaguars currently don't need another linebacker.

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