Who did the Jacksonville Jaguars choose in the 2023 NFL Draft?
The 2023 NFL Draft gave teams the opportunity to address teams and load up on talent. The Jacksonville Jaguars were particularly active this year, making several moves to acquire extra selections. They originally had nine but they ended up with 13 total picks.
A few of the picks the Jags made were unexpected but there's a chance some of them will become key contributors. Heck, expect a few of them to make an impression and earn a featured role right off the bat. With that in mind, here are all the players the Jags selected in 2023, all 13 of them.
- Anton Harrison, OT, Oklahoma - Round 1, pick 27
- Brenton Strange, TE, Penn State - Round 2, pick 61
- Tank Bigsby, RB, Auburn, Round 3, pick 88
- Ventrell Miller, LB, Florida - Round 4, pick 121
- Tyler Lacy, DE, Oklahoma State, Round 4, pick 130
- Yasir Abdullah, LB, Louisville, Round 5, pick 136
- Antonio Johnson, S, Texas A&M - Round 5, pick 160
- Parker Washington, WR, Penn State, Round 6, pick 185
- Christian Braswell, DB, Rutgers, Round 6, pick 202
- Erick Hallet II, DB, Pitt, Round 6, pick 208
- Cooper Hodges, Appalachian State, Round 7, pick 226
- Raymond Vohasek, North Carolina, Round 7, pick 227
- Derek Parish, FB, Houston, Round 7, pick 240
The Jacksonville Jaguars fill some but not all of their needs in the 2023 NFL Draft
Instead of bolstering their defensive front, giving their pass rush a boost, or rounding out their cornerback group, the Jags found a potential replacement for left tackle Cam Robinson in Anton Harrison. The former Oklahoma Sooner mainly played left tackle in college but could move to the right side if needed. Regardless of where he lines up, there's a strong chance he'll be in the starting lineup in Week 1.
Brenton Strange gives Jacksonville a No. 2 tight end that can hone his skills behind Evan Engram and step into a featured role in 2024. This pick was a bit surprising because the Jags were linked to some of the tight-end prospects of the class but went with a player with a lower profile instead.
The Tank Bigsby pick felt unnecessary given how stacked the Jaguars running back group is. On the other hand, running back is now a position of strength with Travis Etienne firmly entrenched as the starter and JaMycal Hasty and D'Ernest Johnson ready to step in if called up.
Even though the Jaguars might not have addressed their biggest needs early in the draft, they added depth to several position groups. More specifically, they fortified all three levels of defense by selecting players such as Ventrell, Miller, Yasir Abdulla, Antonio Johnson, and Christian Braswell.
All things considered, the Jags came out of the draft with a solid haul. While some of their Day 2 picks might feel uninspiring, the team's brass was able to add depth to position groups in need of it. When you considered how much talent they had on offense last year, it looks like things worked out well.