Jaguars make bold trade for big-name WR in 7-round 2024 NFL Mock Draft

• The Jaguars trade for an established WR1 and bolster the defense in this 7-round mock draft.
2022 NFL Draft - Round 1
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Kris Jenkins, DT - Round 3, pick 96 (compensatory)

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The Jaguars checked off a huge box when they signed Arik Armstead in free agency. The veteran defensive end will give their run defense a boost and create pressure inside. Having said that, the team's brass should keep reinforcing the interior defensive line. Michigan's Kris Jenkins would be an enticing pick in Round 3.

A two-year starter for the Wolverines, Jenkins didn't put up great numbers in college but that's mostly because of the role he was asked to fill. Nevertheless, he's great at stopping the run, posting a Pro Football grade of 79.0 or higher for three straight seasons and logging a run-stop rate of 12.6 percent.

Another reason Jenkins would be a solid pick in Round 3 is that he was named team captain in 2023. The Jaguars should gravitate toward players who can have a positive influence and help their teammates. Jenkins fits the bill.

Gabriel Murphy, Edge, UCLA - Round 4- pick 114

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The Jaguars signed Trevis Gipson in free agency to bolster their pass rush, but they could still add another player to their rotation. The downside of going cornerback in the first round is that they'll miss out on prospects such as Laiatu Latu or Dallas Turner. That said, Jacksonville could find a developmental prospect with upside early on Day 3. Latu's teammate at UCLA, Gabriel Murphy, comes to mind.

While Murphy wasn't nearly as dominant as Latu in 2023, he was still productive, registering eight sacks and 16 tackles for a loss. He rushed the passer with his hand on the ground and from a standup position. Ryan Nielsen would most definitely love to add a player with that kind of versatility to his scheme.

In Jacksonville, Murphy wouldn't have to contribute right off the bat. He could work on his craft early in the season and join the rotation once he's ready.