Round 3, Sedrick Van Pran, center
Compensatory picks are awarded to teams based on their net losses in free agency and can be assigned from Rounds 3 to 7. The Jaguars should get one in the third after letting Jawaan Taylor hit the open market. This selection should lessen the impact of not having a second-rounder if Jacksonville signs Calvin Ridley to an extension.
With this extra pick, the Jaguars could go after a center in the draft. Luke Fortner, a third-round pick in last year's draft, hasn't made enough progress in his sophomore campaign. In fact, you could even make the case that he's regressed. Granted, he's proven quite durable, playing every single snap on offense since Week 1 of the 2022 season.
That said, Fortner has been a liability in the running game. He's been one of the main reasons the team has struggled to run the ball inside. While there's a chance he could bounce back in 2024, the Jags cannot afford to take a risk. This is why bringing in competition seems reasonable. Fortunately for Jacksonville, this will be a good year to draft a center.
West Virginia's Zach Frazier should go in the first round, maybe early in the second. Jackson Powers-Johnson should be the second center to have his name called on draft day. There's also Sedrick Van Pran, who could be available in the third depending on the number of teams looking for a center.
Van Pran's balance and lateral quickness aren't great but his raw power and speed would add physicality to the center position, something the Jaguars currently lack. He's an enthusiastic blocker in the running game that needs to work on locking on his blocks once he engages with defenders. Coaching could help him improve in that area.