Top 5 players the Jacksonville Jaguars must target on Day 2 of the 2023 NFL Draft

Emcee from 93.3 FM Tee Roy, left, reacts with Nod Ross, who he interviewed, during an NFL Draft.
Emcee from 93.3 FM Tee Roy, left, reacts with Nod Ross, who he interviewed, during an NFL Draft. / Corey Perrine/Florida Times-Union / USA
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Prospect 2 the Jaguars must target in Round 2 of the draft: Cam Smith

Brian Branch isn't the only option if the Jaguars want to bolster their secondary in the second round. If they want a more traditional corner, they will have a wide array of options. Christian Gonzales, Emmanuel Forbes and Deonta Banks are off the board but many of the top cornerback prospects are still available on Day 2.

Joey Porter Jr., Kelee Ringo and Clark Phillips III all were at some point expected to go in the first rounds but due to the deep of the cornerback class, seeing that they still haven't found a team isn't particularly surprising. Heck, some of them might be even be on board in the third round.

Now, the Jags must take advantage of the surplus at cornerback and take one. While there isn't an inherently bad choice, general manager Trent Baalke should go with South Carolina's Cam Smith. The top brass is probably looking for a player that can line up inside and outside and Smith can pull it off. He saw time in the slot on the Gamecocks' defense but also played in the perimeter.

Smith is a 6'1" cornerback that has the strength to jam wide receivers at the line of scrimmage. He might be overly aggressive at times but that can be polished with the appropriate coaching. On the other hand, he's got the speed to shadow receivers and keep up with them on vertical routes.

On the off chance Smith needed time to get acclimated to the NFL, the Jaguars wouldn't have to press him into action. They could go with Tre Herndon early in the season and plug Smith in the slot once he's ready.