2023 Jacksonville Jaguars Mock Draft
Rd 1, Pick 24
Cam Smith – CB – South Carolina
At 6'1, Smith has both the size and athleticism to be a talented slot corner in the league. While Smith was primarily an outside corner at USC, he does have experience on the inside. Brian Branch is the common choice here, although he does not posses the cover skills of Smith, and has been deemed more of a safety than a corner. The Jaguars have met with Smith twice, including bringing him in for a top-30 visit.
Rd 2, Pick 56
Derick Hall – Edge – Auburn
At 6'3, 254 lbs, Jacksonville drafts a true pass specialist, which will be able to allow Travon Walker to pass rush from an inside potion. Hall fits the character and mold that Baalke is trying to build. He's a natural leader, who had 90 pressures and 18 sacks over the last two seasons. A lot of edge rushers will be around at this point, a guy like Keion White could also be the choice here.
Rd 3, Pick 88
Tyjae Spears – RB – Tulane
At 88, I think a lot of positions are in play. Jacksonville could go for TE, OT, DL here. Although I think best available matches up with a team need here and the Jaguars look for a RB2 to split the load with Etienne. Spears is one of the most electric players in the draft, at 5'10 201, Spears has the size to carry a workload in the NFL. He rushed for 1351 yards this past season averaging 6.5 yards a carry, and proving himself to be a dangerous receiving weapon, aside from Bijan Robinson, Spears could be the best RB in the class. Jacksonville has shown a lot of pre-draft interest in the RB position and should look to target one in the 3rd or 4th. If Sam LaPorta, Matthew Bergeron, or Gervon Dexter falls to 88, they would also be in play here.
Rd 4, Pick 121
Jacquelin Roy – DL – Louisiana State
Roy has the capability play NT and as a 3 technique depending on what he's needed for. Roy would suffice as a solid rotational piece on the DL who can rotate in behind Fatukasi and Devon Hamilton. Roy is a gap filler, who had 38 tackles and 26 QB pressures last season. If Zachh Pickens falls here, he could offer a more of a true pass rushing threat from a traditional three technique. Although, if Travon Walker is sliding inside, then investing in a NT could be beneficial for the Jagaur's.
Rd 4, Pick 128
Zack Kuntz – TE – Old Dominion
Jacksonville has confirmed that they are comfortable with their current TE room, although with Engram not signing his tag and the only other experienced TE being Luke Farrell, I believe this assurance isn't felt outside of the facilities. Jacksonville reaches here on a prospect that they have to develop. Kuntz sits at 6'7, 255 and runs a blazing 4.5 for his size. Kuntz could go anywhere from the third to the 6th based off his size but lack of production in college. Kuntz moves stiff and has yet to figure out how to use his size to win 50/50 balls. Although, if Kuntz can figure this out he'll be able to produce in the NFL.
*Trade*(Pick 208, Pick 227 and 2024 5th Rd Pick, to the Detroit Lions for Pick 149)
Rd 5, Pick 149
Carter Warren – OT – Pittsburg
Jacksonville has shown some heavy interest in Warren, he although has four years of experience at OT, has had some rather disappointing seasons for the panthers. Warren has some experience playing both right and left tackle, could be the long term answer at swing tackle for the Jaguars, I wouldn't imagine Warren to have a ceiling any higher than that. Jacksonville makes the trade up by dealing some late round picks to fill a team need.
Rd 6, Pick 185
Dontavyion Wicks – WR – Virginia
With the addition of Calvin Ridley, Jacksonville doesn't have a huge need at receiver but could look to fill out the last roster spot with Wicks out of Virginia. Wicks stands at 6'1, and ran an underwhelming 4.5 at the combine. Although, Wicks is a shifty receiver, who plays faster than his forty time, runs crisp routes, and makes the first guy miss. In 2022, he had 430 receiving yards on 30 receptions, with a couple touchdowns. Wicks isn't going to take the top off a defense, but can provide reliable depth.
Rd 6, Pick 202
Mekhi Blackmon – CB – South California
At 202, Jacksonville looks to round out the cornerback room by double dipping in the draft. Blackmon has a rather average career at Colorado, but transferred to USC as a fifth year senior, and played well. Blackmon is a superb athlete, who posted 3 picks, 7 PBU's, and 55 tackles. Blackmon could see his draft stock rise, but I think Jacksonville rounds out their draft by finding him late in the 6th.