The Jacksonville Jaguars entered last year's NFL Draft with nine picks but ended up making 13 selections after a series of trades. They won't have nearly as many picks in 2024 but they should still have more than enough to restock their roster. While they'll give the Atlanta Falcons a second or third-round pick due to the trade they made to land wide receiver Calvin Ridley, the Jags will get two compensatory selections.
Nick Korte of Over the Cap projects the Jags will be awarded two compensatory picks in the draft, a third for losing right tackle Jawaan Taylor to the Kansas City Chiefs, and a sixth for defensive end Arden Key signing with the Tennessee Titans. Jacksonville could've also gotten compensatory selections for tight end Chris Manhertz and wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr. However, the league only assigns 32 of said selections.
The Jags will also have another sixth as compensation for trading wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. to the Carolina Panthers in 2022. Moreover, they acquired a fourth-round selection from the New Orleans Saints after trading down 100 spots last year.
On the other hand, the Jaguars traded a sixth-round pick in exchange for left guard Ezra Cleveland at the deadline last year. That means they'll only have one sixth, the compensatory one they'll get for losing Key. By the end of the day, here's what Jacksonville's draft picks look like right now:
- 1st round, 17th overall
- 2nd round, 48th overall (could go to the Falcons if they re-sign Ridley)
- 3rd round, 80th overall pick (could go to the Falcons if they let Ridley walk)
- 3rd round compensatory
- 4th round
- 4th round (via Saints)
- 5th round
- 6th round compensatory
- 6th round (via Panthers)
- 7th round
If you're keeping count, that's 9 draft picks for the draft, when you factor in that they'll give up a third or a second.
The Jaguars have enough ammo to revamp their roster in the 2024 NFL Draft
As Mia O'Brien of 1010 XL noted on Twitter, this is the first time the Jaguars will get a compensatory pick dating back to 2010, ending a streak that lasted 14 years!!!
Even when you account that the Jaguars will part ways with a second or a third, they'll have enough picks to address their biggest needs. The pass rush and the interior offensive line are their most glaring weaknesses right now. However, they could also select a cornerback or a wide receiver with an early pick, especially if they release Zay Jones or Darious Williams to create cap space.
It will also be interesting to see if they make all the picks. While they drafted 13 players last year, they only made seven selections in 2022. After failing to get much production from their 2023 rookie class and failing to make the playoffs last season, the Jaguars may feel prompted to trade up to acquire as many impact contributors as possible.
In the end, it doesn't matter if the Jacksonville Jaguars make seven or 13 picks, as long as they acquire enough impact players to bounce back and compete for the AFC South title in 2024.