With the 2024 NFL Draft now complete, we look at the team from northeastern Florida and identify the Jacksonville Jaguars’ draft picks, highlighting their top picks and showcasing the help they will bring to the team.

The Jacksonville Jaguars had a very up-and-then-distinctly-down season last year, and are pushing to be better and stronger in 2024 to make up for it.

With Trevor Lawrence pinned as their franchise star and a host of other great talents including Evan Engram and Josh Allen (not the Buffalo Bills’ QB, the linebacker), the Jags are still potentially a few pieces away from becoming a Super Bowl contender.

That’s where the NFL Draft comes in, and they chose well to improve the overall speed, drive and strength of their squad.

Join us as we take a look at the Jacksonville Jaguars' draft picks from the 2024 NFL Draft, diving into their best picks and how they will help the team going forward.

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Jacksonville Jaguars draft picks

According to the Jaguars’ General Manager Trent Baalke, the Jaguars’ ultimate goal this year was to get ‘bigger, stronger and more physical.’ The 2024 NFL Draft has proven that they are serious on all of these fronts.

Their choices of wide receiver, cornerback and the offensive/defensive lines all reflect this drive for size, speed and strength.

The Jacksonville Jaguars had a total of nine draft picks, with their highest selection being the 23rd pick in the first round. They initially had higher, but made a deal with the Minnesota Vikings to move down to the 17th pick. In return, they not only acquired the 23rd pick but also a fifth-rounder in the 2024 class, as well as the Vikings' third and fourth-round picks for next year.

Who did the Jacksonville Jaguars pick in the draft?

Here is the full list of the Jacksonville Jaguars draft picks from the 2024 NFL Draft:

  • Round 1, Pick 23: Brian Thomas, Wide Receiver, Louisiana State
  • Round 2, Pick 48: Maason Smith, Defensive Tackle, Louisiana State
  • Round 3, Pick 96: Jarrian Jones, Defensive Back, Florida State
  • Round 4, Pick 114: Javon Foster, Offensive Line, Missouri
  • Round 4, Pick 116: Jordan Jefferson, Defensive Tackle, Louisiana
  • Round 5, Pick 153: Deantre Prince, Cornerback, Ole Miss
  • Round 5, Pick 167: Keilan Robinson, Running Back, Texas A&M
  • Round 6, Pick 212: Cam Little, Kicker, Arkansas
  • Round 7, Pick 236: Myles Cole, Linebacker, Texas Tech

Analysing the Jacksonville Jaguars’ top draft picks

Now we’ve listed all their new additions, we’ve picked out the players that should play a key role for Jacksonville in the upcoming season and hopefully for the future.

While there were 9 players to pick from, two really stood out as potential uses immediately for this season.

Brian Thomas Jr. | Wide Receiver | 1st Round, 23rd Pick

Brian Thomas has great potential to make a significant impact for the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2024 season. This is especially true after the departure of Calvin Ridley, which left them needing a strong vertical element in the pass game.

Standing at 6-foot-3 and 209 pounds, he brings a rare combination of size and speed to the receiver position.

Thomas’s standout performance in the SEC shows he's not afraid to make big plays, and can provide the Jaguars with a much-needed threat in the red zone and on deep passes. His record of 1000+ yards and 17 touchdowns in just 13 games show he’ll be a great offensive weapon.

His addition to the receiving corps, alongside Gabe Davis, Christian Kirk, and TE Evan Engram, has the potential to elevate the team's offensive performance.

Maason Smith | Defensive Tackle | 2nd Round, 48th Pick

It seems like there are mixed opinions on Maason Smith, the LSU defensive lineman selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2024 NFL Draft.

Analyst Lance Zierlein covered both the positives and negatives of drafting Smith. On one hand, his impressive size, movement skills, and potential as a 3-4 defensive end will all favour his team, especially with the Jaguars prioritising adding youth and depth to their defensive line. On the other hand, concerns have been raised about his inexperience, inconsistent technique and block recognition, and injury history.

Despite these concerns, Smith has immense potential and could prove to be a valuable addition to the Jaguars if he's given the time and support to develop.

It's clear that the Jaguars' coaching staff saw something in him, as evidenced by their positive evaluation of his pre-draft workout.

If he can stay healthy and work on his technique and consistency, Smith could become a force to be reckoned with on the Jaguars' defensive line. Plus, with a need for a run-stopper like Smith in the mix, he could provide a much-needed boost to the team's defence going forward.

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