Who will the Jaguars take in the NFL Draft? Final seven-round mock draft for Jacksonville (2024)

The Jaguars' draft board is finished and so is ours, here's who we project as the team's selections.

Demetrius HarveyJacksonville Florida Times-Union

The Jacksonville Jaguars will head into today's NFL Draft with one thing in mind — competition.

Jaguars general manager Trent Baalke and head coach Doug Pederson have often stressed the need to field a more competitive unit, starting with adding to various position groups in free agency and continuing that through the 2024 NFL Draft.

Set to kickoff at 8 p.m., the Jaguars currently hold the 17th-overall pick and are unlikely to make any moves surrounding that pick until the draft begins.

Who did the Jaguars draft? Tracking Jacksonville's selection in 2024 NFL Draft first round

With plenty of needs to shore up, we've compiled the final Times-Union mock draft of the year, giving a closer look at who we believe could the Jacksonville's selections in the first round and beyond.

In previous iterations of our mock drafts, we've purposefully gone in different directions because of the fluidity of Jacksonville's situation entering the draft. The team has plenty of options sitting nearly smack-dab in the middle of the first round for the first time in franchise history and a few options that make sense.

Note: This mock draft is based on positions and players the Times-Union would select if running the Jaguars based on their perceived needs, not necessarily based on information provided by the team or otherwise. The mock was done using a simulator via Pro Football Network.

Times-Union Jaguars seven-round mock draft 4.0

Jacksonville enters the draft with several needs including cornerback, defensive line and offensive line as the primary areas of concern.

If you would like to read the previous iterations of this mock draft, click here for 1.0, here for 2.0 and here for 3.0.

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Round 1, Pick 17: Terrion Arnold, CB, Alabama

Though Arnold may not be the fastest corner among the group this year (4.51 40-yard dash), he has all of the traits one looks for in a corner, including size at 5-foot-11, 189 pounds, athleticism (37-inch vertical, nearly an 11-foot broad jump) and experience (21 starts at Alabama).

After redshirting his freshman season with the Crimson Tide, Arnold started much of his sophom*ore season before starting all 14 games during his junior year. He accounted for 7.5 tackles for loss, one sack, one forced fumble 26 pass breakups and six interceptions (five in 2023) through his tenure at Alabama.

Jacksonville needs a player who can not only be a long-term answer outside but perhaps a short-term answer inside, too.

Round 2, Pick 48: Keon Coleman, WR, Florida State

Coleman put up stellar numbers at the Combine. He's listed at 6-foot-3, 213 pounds and jumped 38 inches in the vertical jump. While his long speed (4.64 40-yard dash) leaves some to be desired, Coleman's combination of size and athleticism keeps him in NFL boards' good graces.

There's a reason why Coleman was FSU's primary punt returner last year, returning 25 punts for 300 yards, an average of 12 yards per return (seventh among FBS schools in 2023).

Still, Coleman's true value comes as a receiver. He can go up and get 50/50 balls and has a change of direction potential that can assist with yards-after-catch (YAC) yardage teams covet.

Among players with at least 14 targets within zero to nine yards of the line of scrimmage, Coleman finished 11th in YAC/reception with 11.8 (212 total yards on 18 receptions). For reference, Jacksonville's best player in this area last year was Christian Kirk who averaged just 3.6 YAC/R with 107 YAC on 37 receptions.

Round 3, Pick 96: T'Vondre Sweat, DL, Texas

Taking T'Vondre Sweat, who was just arrested for a DWI in Texas and has had weight-related issues, is a huge risk to take here, but he might be well worth it considering everything else about him as a football player.

At 6-foot-4, 366 pounds, Sweat is your prototypical, old-school style nose tackle who can get after it, athletically, more than his NFL Combine numbers showcase.

A running mate to fellow Texas DL Byron Murphy, Sweat accounted for 127 total tackles, 17.5 tackles for loss and five sacks since starting with the Longhorns in 2019.

Sweat will give the Jaguars some insurance for DaVon Hamilton, who missed most of last season due to a spinal abscess that developed during training camp.

That's one way to get bigger and physical.

Round 4, pick 114: Jalyx Hunt, EDGE, Houston Christian

Hunt is undersized in terms of his weight but is one of the most athletic edge players in this year's draft. He posted a 9.18 relative athletic score during the Combine in February.

After three years at Cornell, which included a canceled season due to COVID-19, Hunt transferred to Houston Christian and thrived in his first real in-game action as a pass rusher.

In 21 starts, Hunt accounted for 20.5 tackles for loss, 13.5 sacks, five forced fumbles, six pass breakups and an interception. He'd be part of a rotation that currently features just Allen, Travon Walker, Yasir Abdullah and Trevis Gipson.

Round 4, pick 116: Tanor Bortolini, C, Wisconsin

The Jaguars reportedly met with Bortolini as part of the team's top-30 allotted visits during the pre-draft process, but that's not the only reason why he makes sense.

The Jaguars invested in the center position this offseason, signing Mitch Morse to likely replace incumbent starter Luke Fortner. While the team's depth at the position seems OK, the Jaguars may want to hedge given the fact that Morse has missed time throughout his career due to concussion and Fortner struggled mightily in 2023.

Graded as The Athletic's Dan Brugler's fourth-best center, Bortolini stands at 6-foot-4, 302 pounds with 31.5-inch arms. What will likely pique Jacksonville's interest, though, is his versatility, playing three games at right tackle, eight games at left guard, three games at right guard and 12 games at center through his career at Wisconsin.

Coupled with fantastic athleticism, Bortolini makes sense here.

Round 5, pick 153: Josh Proctor, S, Ohio State

Another player the Jaguars reportedly met with for an in-person visit during the pre-draft process, Proctor may be a bit of a luxury selection after the team invested money and picks in the position the last two offseasons.

Still, the Jaguars may have different plans for safety/defensive back Darnell Savage meaning a slot on the depth chart could open for Proctor.

At 6-foot-1, 199 pounds, Proctor is a prototypical free-roaming safety who has plenty fo experience, playing in 53 games, starting 19 for OSU since 2018. Though he's an older prospect, Proctor's skills can push him for playing time down the line as Andre Cisco enters his contract year.

Proctor accounted for 112 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, one sack, 17 pass breakups and three interceptions.

Round 6, pick 212: Travis Glover, OL, Georgia State

There's a theme here near the end of the draft, Glover has also reportedly met with the team and could offer more depth at the position.

Glover, 6-foot-6, 317 pounds has played both tackle and guard throughout his career at Georgia State, starting 35 games at left tackle, 18 at right tackle and four at left guard.

Though he is not the most impressive athletically, his size (nearly 35-inch arms), offers a lot to work with. Though he has flexibility, Glover's best shot at making the team's roster could come at guard, but a swing-tackle role could be in play for the future.

Round 7, pick 236: Ainias Smith, WR, Texas A&M

Jacksonville, and the rest of the league, will likely use two return specialists with the new rules now set for kickoffs.

So, go ahead and bring on one of the best return specialists in the country.

Smith, 5-foot-9, 190 pounds, projects as a player akin to former Jaguars returner/receiver Jamal Agnew. His quickness and burst give him an advantage that few players possess.

A do-it-all player for A&M, Smith became the only 2,000-yard receiver in SEC history to also accumulate at least 250 yards on rush attempts, punt returns and kickoff returns.

Primarily used as a punt returner, Smith accounted for 82 returns, 836 yards (10.2 yards per return) and two touchdowns. He posted 20 kick returns for 360 yards.

Demetrius Harvey isthe Jacksonville Jaguars reporterfor the Florida Times-Union. You can follow him on X, formerly known as Twitter,at@Demetrius82.

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