Jaguars endure the worst-case scenario in this 2024 NFL Mock Draft

• There's no way the Jaguars can mess up the 2024 NFL Draft... right?
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Round 4, pick 114 - T'Vondre Sweat

  • Defensive tackle, Texas

When is the proper time to take a chance on a prospect with red flags? It depends. Some teams may be more lenient than others and Jaguars general manager Trent Baalke, for his part, isn't afraid of taking a chance on players with medical flags. That approach pays off at times. Sometimes, it doesn't.

Andre Cisco dealt with injuries at Syracuse but has managed to stay healthy. On the other hand, linebacker Ventrell Miller, a fourth-round pick in last year's draft, also suffered injuries at Florida and went on to miss his rookie campaign. But how about character flags? T'Vondra Sweat got arrested on suspicion of DWI days before the draft. Even though it shows poor judgment on his part, that alone may not be enough for Baalke to remove him from his draft board.

However, that's not the only concern surrounding Sweat. Before the arrest, there were questions about his stamina. He gets tired easily and still needs to work on becoming a steady pass rusher. All these things make the former Texas Longhorn a risky picky, even in the fourth round.

Round 4, pick 116 - Jonah Elliss

  • Utah, pass rusher

The Jaguars would love to bolster their pass rush even with Josh Allen and Travon Walker in the fold. The duo accounted for 27.5 sacks in 2023 but they didn't get much production from the rest of the rotation.

The front office signed Trevis Gipson in free agency but he's a reclamation project. It would make sense to add someone else in the draft. There will be a handful of enticing developmental prospects on Day 3 of the draft but Jacksonville should avoid Johan Elliss.

Even though Elliss was highly productive at Utah, he lacks the ideal size to succeed in the NFL. Last year, they took a flyer on Yasir Abdullah, another prospect who thrived at the collegiate level but was undersized. Abdullah went on to have an unremarkable rookie season, posting just one total tackle.

Just because Abdullah struggled doesn't mean Elliss will but he'll have to face the same issues in the pros. That said, it's hard to see him making a successful transition despite his shortcomings.

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