Unheralded 2024 Jaguars draft picks who can surge up the depth chart

• These 3 Jaguars' late-round picks are in a position to contribute in 2024
Texas Tech   s Myles Cole attends football practice, Friday, Aug. 4, 2023, at the Sports Performance
Texas Tech s Myles Cole attends football practice, Friday, Aug. 4, 2023, at the Sports Performance / Annie Rice/Avalanche-Journal / USA TODAY
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The Jacksonville Jaguars made nine picks in the 2024 NFL Draft. While they didn't have as many selections as the year prior (13), they were still plenty. Their first three, in particular, are expected to contribute in some way or another in their rookie season.

Wide receiver Brian Thomas Jr. should stretch the field and draw coverage away from his teammates. Defensive tackle Maason Smith should earn a role in the defensive front rotation and see an uptick in playing time as the season progresses. There's also cornerback Jarrian Jones, who should be able to seize a starting job at some point in 2024. But how about the players Jacksonville picked on Day 3?

Some of them will need time to hit their stride (Deantre Prince). Others may end up buried on the depth chart (Keilan Robinson), but a few of them should be able to earn some kind of role in their rookie season. These three come to mind.

Jaguars 2024 late-round picks who can surge up the depth chart

3. Myles Cole, DE - Round 7 - pick 246

Listening to fans and analysts rave about defensive end Myles Cole, you would think he was drafted in the second or third round but he lasted until the seventh. Having said that, there are a few reasons he's generating lots of hype.

For starters, Cole's got outstanding physical traits. At 6'6" and 280 pounds, he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.76 seconds. Moreover, his 36.88-inch arms were the longest among edge rushers in this draft class.

Like any other developmental prospect, Cole has a long way to go before he can earn consideration for a role in the defensive-line rotation. But that's where defensive coordinator Ryan Nielsen and his staff come in. Cole showed pass-rush potential at Texas Tech and it will be up to Nielsen to help him untap it.

When you consider that the Jaguars don't have any proven options behind Travon Walker and Josh Allen, Cole may have a legitimate shot at making the 53-man roster and contributing as a rookie.