4. The Jaguars waited until Day 3 of the 2023 Draft to bolster CB depth
Cornerback — more specifically adding a nickel — was often mentioned as the Jaguars' biggest need early in the offseason. However, the team's brass didn't make any additions in free agency besides re-signing veteran Tre Herndon. And then in the 2023 NFL Draft, they waited until Day 3 to address the position.
First, the Jags took Antonio Johnson in Round 5 and later used a couple of sixth-round picks to take Christian Braswell and Erick Hallett II. Even though it's not reasonable to expect this trio of rookies to have an impact right off the bat, they'll have the chance to develop behind Herndon, who's set to line up in the slot in the opener.
And that's the thing, Johnson, Brasweel, and Hallett could fill important roles down the stretch but the coaching staff won't thrust them into action unless they're ready. On top of that, Gregory Junior and Montaric Brown, a pair of late-round picks in last year's draft, will also have the opportunity to compete for playing time.
Looking back, the Jags could have drafted a defensive back like Brian Branch or a cornerback like Deonte Banks or Joey Porter Jr. but they instead opted to fortify other positions and add a few players who could end up lining up in the slot later in the round. Although that strategy might not have been appealing, it could end up paying off big time in the regular season.