The Jacksonville Jaguars will have their work cut out in the offseason. At 8-7, they're at risk of missing the playoffs, but even if they ultimately get in, they could be one and done. Regardless of how things play out, fixing the trenches should be one of their top priorities in 2024.
The offensive line has struggled to block for Trevor Lawrence. This has in turn exposed the third-year quarterback to a concerning amount of injuries. Compounding the issue is that they cannot open holes in the running game. Things aren't much better on defense. Opposing teams have had no trouble running at will, while quarterbacks routinely have lots of time to throw due to the Jags' inability to consistently bring the heat.
Jacksonville will fix a few holes in free agency but they'll have to wait until the draft to address other needs. They currently hold eight picks but they'll need to give the Atlanta Falcons a second-rounder if they re-sign Calvin Ridley, or a third if they let him hit the open market.
On the other hand, they're expected to get a couple of compensatory selections, one in Round 3 for losing Jawaan Taylor in free agency, and another in Round 6 for letting Arden Key sign with the Tennessee Titans.
For the sake of argument, let's say the Jaguars give Calvin Ridley an extension. He's on pace to reach the 1,000-yard mark in 2023 and another year with the team would most likely increase his rapport with Trevor Lawrence and the rest of the offense.
By bringing back Ridley, wide receiver wouldn't be a top need for the Jags next year. Also, it would allow them to fortify the trenches, which is precisely what they do in this mock draft.