The Jacksonville Jaguars will need to revamp their roster in the offseason if they want to return to the playoffs in 2024. While the interior offensive line is their most glaring weakness, they'll also need to bolster their wide receiver corps. The Pro Football Focus staff believes Adonai Mitchell of Texas could most definitely help.
PFF put together a list of needs for every NFL team and dubbed wide receiver the Jags' biggest one. To take care of it, they suggest they draft Mitchell, noting that his size and route running would come in handy.
"Mitchell is a smooth route runner for a guy 6-foot-4. His body control and ability to change speeds throughout his routes give him a natural ability to create separation. Plus, his size and length make him one of the best red-zone threats in the country in terms of efficiency."
A four-star prospect coming out of high school, Mitchell has great length and the speed to go along with it. While not a burner, he can get deep if he can get a few steps in. The Texas product possesses superb body control and a wide radius, making him a potential threat in the red zone. On the other hand, Derrick Klassen of the Bleacher Report scouting department points out that he doesn't always fight for contested catches and is a poor run blocker.
Despite his negatives, Klassen believes Mitchell is a "good long-term play for a starting outside WR," noting that he's got the skill set to develop into a "feature piece" if he develops more consistency. Also, Klassen projects Mitchell to go in the third round. That would give the Jaguars the chance to address other positions first in the draft.
Adonai Mitchell gives the Jaguars an option on Day 2 of the 2024 NFL Draft
One of the biggest decisions the Jaguars will have to make in the offseason is whether they'll bring back Calvin Ridley, who hauled in 76 receptions for 1,016 yards with eight touchdowns last year. If they re-sign him, they'll need to give the Atlanta Falcons a second-round pick as part of the trade they made to acquire him in 2022. If they let him walk, it will be then a third. But even if Jacksonville chooses to keep Ridley around, they'll need to make upgrades to their wide receiver corps.
Zay Jones, who was hampered by injuries in 2023, is coming off a down year. He could bounce next season but there's an equal chance he could be a cap casualty. Replacing him would be one of the team's top priorities if they part ways with him.
While drafting Rome Odunze or Keon Coleman (if available) in the first round is an option, the Jags could take care of the offensive line or their pass rush early in the draft and target Adonai Mitchell in the second round or third round, depending on which picks they ultimately have at their disposal.
The Jaguars haven't gotten much production out of their 2023 rookie class, so it will be of utter importance to come out of this year's draft with a handful of players who can contribute right away. They'll also need to dip their toes in free agency, something they didn't do last offseason, to address some of their needs. Working in Jacksonville's favor is that there are several routes they can take to replenish the roster.
As disappointing as the 2023 season was, the Jacksonville Jaguars still have plenty of talent across the board. Having said that, they'll need to replenish their roster, and one position to keep an eye on will be wide receiver. Addressing it could go a long way toward claiming back the top spot in the AFC South.