Jags land Trevor Lawrence WR at start of Touchdown Wire 2023 mock draft

The Jacksonville Jaguars organization has made both good and questionable moves this offseason, but most would agree the team is better. They mostly picked up a lot of solid defensive talent, signing names like Foley Fatukasi, Arden Key, Darious Williams and Foyesade Oluokun in free agency, then using five of seven draft picks on defensive talent.

That’s not to say the offense was overlooked, however. The Jags gave money to receivers Christian Kirk and Zay Jones and signed a pass-catch threat to Evan Engram. Despite these additions, however, many fans left free agency, and the draft wished the Jags had signed a No. 1 caliber receiver.

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There were opportunities to get players like Amari Cooper, who was on the trading block, or even bring Allen Robinson back to Duval. But the Jags opted for players with the potential to be No. 1 receivers instead of those with No. 1 receiver accomplishments.

For this reason, fans have already identified the receiver as a major need in 2023. Our fellow Touchdown Wire, Mark Schofield, also clearly recognized this need and placed Louisiana State Jags receiver Kayshon Boutte with the sixth overall pick. . -Too early 2023 fictional draft.

Here’s what he had to say about the selection:

Similar to Zach Wilson’s discussion, it’s hard to sit here at the end of May and believe the Jacksonville Jaguars would go from former first overall pick Trevor Lawrence, even if they land in the top ten for what would be fifth. -straight year. So they add help for him, with the first receiver off the board.

That helper is LSU wide receiver Kayshon Boutte. Pieces like this just might endear him to fans of Jacksonville, and more importantly, Lawrence:

The Jags aren’t expected to be playoff contenders this season, but landing Boutte and pairing him with Lawrence would certainly put them on the radar to make it next season. The 6-foot-0, 190-pound standout would give the Jags a soft-handed receiver who is solid after the catch and has great explosiveness. He also suddenly comes out of his breaks and creates a big separation through them.

However, for Boutte to earn top-10 draft status, he will need to be in better health. His 2021 season was cut short at the five-game mark by a right ankle injury. At the end of his season, he came out with 38 catches for 508 yards and nine touchdowns. The injury eventually required a second surgery and he has missed the Tigers’ spring schedule so far.

Fortunately for Boutte, there is plenty of time to recover and prepare for the regular season. If he can do that, many like his chances of reaching or approaching the 1,000 yard mark, which would certainly win back the eyes of NFL scouts.

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