Updated list of Jaguars picks in the 2024 NFL Draft after free agency

• Here's an updated list of the Jaguars' draft picks in 2024 after free agency.

Jacksonville Jaguars inside linebacker Foye Oluokun, left, speaks, as safety Andre Cisco looks on
Jacksonville Jaguars inside linebacker Foye Oluokun, left, speaks, as safety Andre Cisco looks on / Corey Perrine/Florida Times-Union / USA

The Jacksonville Jaguars entered the 2023 draft with nine picks but ended up making 13 selections. This year, they have eight picks, including their second-rounder, after a series of trades. Here's a look at all of them.

  • Round 1, pick 17
  • Round 2, pick 48
  • Round 3, pick 96 (compensatory)
  • Round 4, pick 114
  • Round 4, pick 116 (via New Orleans Saints)
  • Round 5, pick 153
  • Round 6, pick 212 (compensatory)
  • Round 7, pick 236

When the Jaguars acquired Calvin Ridley in 2022, they agreed to give the Atlanta Falcons a 2023 fifth-round pick and a conditional one in 2024. That conditional selection would turn into a fourth if he made the initial roster last year. It then became a third when Ridley met certain playing conditions last season. Had Jacksonville re-signed him, they would've had to give up their second but because he signed with the Tennessee Titans, it will be a third.

The third-round pick the Jaguars have in 2024 (No. 96) was awarded to them as part of the compensatory formula for losing right tackle Jawaan Taylor in 2022. Their sixth-rounder is also a compensatory selection.

The Jags had two additional selections in the sixth round, their own and one they got after trading receiver Laviska Shenault to the Carolina Panthers in 2022. They used one to acquire Ezra Cleveland at the deadline last year and the other one to get quarterback Mac Jones from the New England Patriots at the dawn of this year's free agency.

The Saints gave Jacksonville a fourth-rounder in 2024 after moving up in last year's draft.

What are the Jacksonville Jaguars biggest needs ahead of the 2024 draft?

In no particular order, cornerback, wide receiver, interior offensive line, and the pass rush are the Jaguars' top needs after free agency. They signed wide receiver Gabe Davis and cornerback Ronald Darby but they could use help at both positions. Also, the team's brass needs to find a third-pass rusher behind Travon Walker and Josh Allen. K'Lavon Chaission, their No. 3 last year, inked a one-year deal with the Carolina Panthers.

The Jags also need to add depth to both the offensive and defensive trenches. They restructured right guard Brandon Scherff's contract to reduce his cap hit in 2024 but he's set to become a free agent next year. It would be a good idea to start looking for his potential replacement. On the defensive side of things, the interior defensive line is no longer a pressing need after signing Arik Armstead. That said, the unit could still use reinforcements.

On the other hand, there are a handful of position groups the front office won't probably address or will do so until Day 3. Those are quarterback, (they have Trevor Lawrence and just traded for Mac Jones), tight end (their room is complete with Evan Engram and Brenton Strange at the top), and running back. Travis Etienne and Tank Bigsby give them a one-two punch (ideally) in the backfield.

Having made upgrades in free agency, the Jacksonville Jaguars must next come out of the draft with a handful of playmakers and depth. If they do, they should be in a favorable position to compete for the AFC South title and return to the playoffs in 2024.

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