Jaguars add several building blocks in full 7-round 2024 NFL Mock Draft

• The Jaguars manage to land several building blocks even though play it safe in this 2024 NFL Mock Draft.
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NFL Draft season is fast approaching. Jacksonville Jaguars fans anxiously await who will be coming down to Duval County for training camp. Even though the Jags missed the playoffs last season, they won’t be picking in the top 10, as we are used to seeing almost regularly from years past. They own the 17th overall pick, their first of 10 selections across seven rounds.

Another thing to keep an eye on is that they will only have one pick in the opening round, only the first time (they traded up for Devin Lloyd in 2022) that’s happened since 2019 when they chose Josh Allen seventh overall.

There are plenty of different directions the Jags can go this year, as there are definite needs at receiver and cornerback. Another unfamiliar position this team finds themselves in is that for a second successive year, you’d have to think they’ll be drafting players they believe to be NFL-ready.

That’s not something we’ve seen often from 2022 or before, so there are a lot of meetings, scouting, and conversations among the Jaguars brass to ensure they hit on these selections. 

Here are my projected Jaguars’ selections, what they bring to the table, and where they’d fit on the team.

Jacksonville Jaguars draft Quinyon Mitchell

  • Round 1, pick 17
  • Cornerback, Toledo

The leadup to the draft, especially outside of the No. 1 overall pick, can be a big guessing game, and I am taking a big guess in saying Mitchell will be a Jaguar on April 25th. For that to happen, he would have to slide to No. 17, which isn't the most far-fetched scenario.

Every year, there are prospects that are drafted later (or earlier) than projected. In this case, Mitchell could be available at No. 17 if there's a run at other positions early in the first round. Growing up in Williston, just over a 90-minute drive from Jacksonville, you’d think Mitchell would be on board with being closer to family.

In each of the past two seasons, he was selected to the first-team All-Mid-American Conference (MAC), defending 18 passes with an interception in 2023. NFL Draft Buzz compares him to the Chiefs’ First-team All-Pro Trent McDuffie, among others. He’s got elite athletic skills, has excellent field vision, and is adept at reading the quarterback.

Mitchell is an excellent depth piece for the Jags, who can make an impact now and could step in and help out should Ronald Darby or Tyson Campbell struggle. The 22-year-old makes sense for the short and long-term, especially seeing as Campbell is a free agent at the end of 2024.