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Jaguars NFL Draft Recap 2024

Last Updated: Mar 18, 2024

The Jacksonville Jaguars have been active during free agency, signing Arik Armstead, Ronald Darby, Gabe Davis, Devin Duvernay, Mitch Morse, and Darnell Savage. They also traded for Mac Jones.

Back-to-back seasons with a 9-8 record is disappointing. Plus, the team started 8-3 and then fell off to lose five of their last six. That can’t happen.

Trevor Lawrence had a decent, but not great season. He only had one game with three or more touchdown passes and two games with 300 or more passing yards.

The Jaguars defensive DVOA ranked 10th and despite that solid finish, Jacksonville welcomed new defensive coordinator Ryan Nielsen in February to replace Mike Caldwell.

Looking ahead to the NFL draft, there are a few big defensive needs that will need to be addressed.

Jaguars NFL Draft Picks 2024

  • Round 1, Pick 17
  • Round 2, Pick 48
  • Round 3, Pick 96
  • Round 4, Pick 114
  • Round 4, Pick 116
  • Round 5, Pick 153
  • Round 6, Pick 212
  • Round 7, Pick 236

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Jaguars NFL Draft Round 1 Mock 2024

  • Round 1, Pick 17: Cooper DeJean, CB, Iowa

As of March 8, Michael Rochman says:

“With Darious Williams cut and Tyson Campbell having dealt with injuries in 2023, the Jaguars could boost their secondary, and Iowa’s Cooper DeJean should provide the difference they’re looking for.

His versatility and discipline around the secondary make him a high-floor and high-impact chess piece that could be pivotal for the Jaguars’ attempt to reclaim the AFC South."

Find more draft insights in our full NFL Mock Draft 2024.

Jaguars Draft Team Needs 2024

Note: The following information was written prior to the 2024 NFL Draft.

1. Wide Receiver

Both Zay Jones and Christian Kirk took a step back in 2023, missing some games due to injuries. Calvin Ridley also departs to Tennessee so there’s plenty to replace here.

Signing Gabe Davis provides an upgrade since Jacksonville hasn’t had a true deep threat flanker in years. The Jags could afford to add more talent and youth to the position with a draft pick and this draft class has loaded with receiver options.

2. Cornerback

Ronald Darby is a solid corner and his best days might be behind him. Jacksonville employs two young corners in Tyson Campbell and Antonio Johnson in the slot.

Adding a corner to challenge Campbell might help this unit, considering how often they played in a nickel last year.

3. Defensive End

Thus far, Travon Walker is still growing into the NFL and while he mostly plays outside linebacker, the Jags rotated often between a nickel and 3-4 concepts.

The No. 1 overall pick two years ago posted 10.0 sacks last year, but leaves a lot to be desired in coverage. It would help if they didn’t try to rely on him to drop back, so a scheme change with their new DC could help reshape Walker’s game.

Arik Armstead’s arrival should take some pressure off of Walker to perform and take more DE snaps.

More Position Needs: Guard, Nose tackle, Defensive end

Jaguars Draft Grade 2024

Grade: Coming soon

Read the evaluations in our full 2023 report card of NFL Draft Grades. 2024 grades will be published soon after the draft.

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Jaguars NFL Draft Pick History

2023

  • Round 1 Pick 27: Anton Harrison, OT, Oklahoma
  • Round 2, Pick 61: Brenton Strange, TE, Penn State
  • Round 3, Pick 88: Tank Bigsby, RB, Auburn
  • Round 4, Pick 121: Ventrell Miller, LB, Florida
  • Round 4, Pick 130: Tyler Lacy, DE, Oklahoma State
  • Round 5, Pick 136: Yasir Abdullah, LB, Louisville
  • Round 5, Pick 160: Antonio Johnson, S, Texas A&M
  • Round 6, Pick 185: Parker Washington, WR, Penn State
  • Round 6, Pick 202: Christian Braswell, CB, Rutgers
  • Round 6, Pick 208: Erick Hallett, DB, Pittsburgh
  • Round 7, Pick 226: Cooper Hodges, OT, Appalachian State
  • Round 7, Pick 227: Raymond Vohasek, DT, North Carolina
  • Round 7, Pick 240: Derek Parish, EDGE, Houston

2022

  • Round 1, Pick 1: Travon Walker, EDGE, Georgia
  • Round 2, Pick 33: Devin Lloyd, LB, Utah
  • Round 3, Pick 65: Luke Fortner, C, Kentucky
  • Round 3, Pick 70: Chad Muma, LB, Wyoming
  • Round 5, Pick 154: Snoop Conner, RB, Ole Miss
  • Round 6, Pick 197: Gregory Junior, CB, Ouachita Baptist University
  • Round 7, Pick 222: Montaric Brown, CB, Arkansas

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Matt De Lima

Matt is a sports content editor at The Game Day with more than 10 years experience in the fantasy and betting spaces. He is a two-time Fantasy Sports Writing Association award finalist with previous experience working for Sports Illustrated, Full Time Fantasy, FFToolbox, 4for4, and RotoExperts. Born and raised in California, Matt now calls southern Maryland home. He is a Virginia Tech alumnus and a life-long 49ers, Lakers, and Dodgers fan.

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