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The biggest surprise in the 2022-23 season had to be the Jacksonville Jaguars. After a season of disappointing play, the Jags overtook the AFC South. They won a playoff game and will now look to the draft to add to their already young talented roster.
Cam Smith, CB, South Carolina
Will Mallory, TE, Miami (FL)
Cameron Young, DL, Mississippi State
The Jaguars had a very good defense that played fast and hard last season. As good as the defense was though, they need to shore up the backend.
Drafting a player like Cam Smith on Day 1 would give the Jaguars a true number one corner. Smith is a long athlete with smooth hips. His man coverage skills combined with his height allow him to play in press or off man and be successful. In the multiple 3-4 scheme the Jaguars run, that skillset will be ultra valuable.
Even though Jacksonville has a very solid tight end on the roster in Evan Engram, they could look to add another big target to this prolific offense. Will Mallory out of Miami is a good pass catcher with above average athleticism for the position. He has the size to become a plus blocker and his addition would allow the Jags to play more 11-personnel and keep their potency on offense.
Depth should be the focus in the later rounds for Jacksonville. They have struggled with depth on the defensive line for a couple of seasons and could find some gems on Day 2 and 3. Cameron Young would be a great option to replace former Jag Taven Bryan. Young is a good interior pass rusher who can also eat up space when needed. His skill set would shore up the defensive front, and allow them to continue to play the multiple front style they run effectively.
Duval county has gotten a taste of success and are thirsty for more. Doug Pederson and company will look to continue that.