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Five players the Jacksonville Jaguars might regret not drafting:

The NFL Draft is undeniably a crapshoot, and months of research and due investigation are no guarantee of success. While assigning marks based on how clubs address their requirements and prospects’ upside is simple, making an accurate judgment takes at least a couple of years. The Jacksonville Jaguars, for example, did not receive good scores this year, but their 2022 class is full of talent, so they could receive a high grade in the future.

Having said that, there were a slew of other alternatives the Jags might have pursued but chose not to. In the future years, they may come to regret passing on these five players in particular.

Trey McBride, TE, is the No. 5 guy the Jaguars may regret not picking.

The tight end class this year lacked a player of Kyle Pitts’ level, who was taken fourth overall by the Atlanta Falcons in 2021. Despite this, there was some quality at the position, and the Jaguars could have selected one of the top tight-end prospects in the second or third rounds.

Trey McBride of Colorado State was the first tight end picked, going to the Arizona Cardinals with the 55th overall pick. Jelani Woods, the second tight end, was selected 73rd overall by the Indianapolis Colts. Instead of moving up to take linebacker Devin Lloyd with the 27th overall pick, the Jaguars could have taken McBride with their second-round pick (No. 33). Moving up from the 65th choice and getting ahead of the Cards was another option.

Because they signed Evan Engram earlier this year, Jacksonville did not draft a tight end this year. He, Chris Manhertz, and Dan Arnold, on the other hand, will all be free agents next offseason. Drafting McBride and having him ready to go in case Engram or Arnold don’t return in 2023 could have been an excellent decision.

McBride had a combined 74 receptions in his first three seasons at Colorado State but had a breakout year in 2021, catching 90 receptions for 1,121 with one touchdown. The former Ram is an excellent route runner with steady wrists. He needs to improve his pass-blocking abilities, but it should be something he can work on during his rookie season.