Jaguars inexplicably pass up the chance to take top corner in 2024 NFL Draft

• The Jaguars opted to trade down in the first round instead of taking the best CB available.
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For a moment, it looked like the wait was over and the Jacksonville Jaguars were going to make a selection at No. 17 in the first round of the 2024 NFL Draft. However, they saw the opportunity to stockpile draft picks and chose to trade with the Minnesota Vikings.

The Jags were on the clock and it was announced that they would get picks No. 23 and No. 167 in exchange for the 17th overall selection, a 2025 third-round pick, and a 2025 fourth-round pick. This was a bit odd because they had a chance to select the top cornerback in the draft, whether it was Quinyon Mitchell or Terrion Arnold.

There was a run of offensive players early in Round 1. The Indianapolis Colts bucked the trend when they selected defensive end Laiatu Latu at No. 15. The Seattle Seahawks selected Byron Murphy II with the following pick. That left a clear path for Jacksonville to select a cornerback, but it looks like they opted to get extra selections.

What's next for the Jaguars after trading the 17th pick in the 2024 NFL Draft?

This doesn't mean the Jaguars won't address the cornerback position in the first round. They may just do it at a later point. Tyson Campbell is entering a contract year and is coming off an injury-riddled season, so it would be a good idea to add depth and his potential replacement.

On the other hand, the Jags could go after a wide receiver. The big 3, Marvin Harrison Jr., Malik Nabers, and Rome Odunze are gone but Malik Nabers and Adonai Mitche are still on the board. Another option would be for the Jaguars to bolster their pass-rush rotation. Besides Laiatu Latu, most of the top prospects remain available.

In the end, it won't matter if the Jacksonville Jaguars traded down as long as they get their guy at No. 23.

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