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Updated March 5, 2023
By Charlie Campbell. Follow Charlie on Twitter @draftcampbell.

At the Senior Bowl in the Hot Press, discussed how the Jacksonville Jaguars were looking to add more cornerback and wide receiver talent for the 2023 season. The Jaguars are hoping that veteran Calvin Ridley is reinstated after serving a suspension last year because that would lessen the need to add playmakers for Trevor Lawrence. However even with Ridley joining the team, Jacksonville wants to have a lot of weapons to continue Lawrence’s progress and improve the point-scoring capability of the offense.

The 2023 NFL Draft is not strong at the wide receiver position, and there could be four wideouts who end up going in the first round. That group consists of TCU’s Quentin Johnston, Ohio State’s Jaxon Smith-Njigba, USC’s Jordan Addison and Boston College’s Zay Flowers. Jaguars sources told that the clear favorites in that group were Smith-Njigba and Addison. Jacksonville loves their respective speed, route-running, and playmaking ability. The team had some skepticism about Johnston and Flowers translating to the NFL.

With the 24th pick in the first round, both Smith-Njigba and Addison could be off the board. There are a number of wide receiver-needy teams picking in the No. 10-22 range, and those two are quality values in that range. If they are off the board, the Jaguars could end up going with a cornerback based on the feelings expressed about Johnston and Flowers. There could be some wide receiver options on the second day of the 2023 NFL Draft, and the Jacksonville sources also said the team may select multiple cornerbacks this year because the organiation likes the depth of corner prospects on Day 2.