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As the 2024 NFL Draft approaches, the media buzz revolves around speculation about team strategies, potential trades, and the fate of individual players. For those deeply invested, like myself, the anticipation is tinged with both excitement and apprehension.

There’s a sense of magic in the idea of acquiring Brandon Aiyuk through a trade, while the prospect of securing top-tier cornerbacks like Quinyon Mitchell or Terrion Arnold is undeniably thrilling. Similarly, the notion of selecting Jared Verse brings a sense of coolness. However, there are certain draft scenarios that would be major letdowns.

Among these disappointing prospects are the consideration of drafting an interior offensive lineman at the 17th spot, given the availability of quality options in later rounds and the presence of Luke Fortner as a solid backup. Despite the allure of attributes like a versatile route tree and physical blocking ability in a tight end, the idea of repeating a second-round tight end selection, as seen with Brenton Strange in 2023, should be met with resistance unless there are extenuating circumstances like a top prospect like Brock Bowers unexpectedly falling.

While it’s tempting to focus on the underperformance of 2023 draft picks, it’s important to give them time to develop. However, there’s merit in using the third round to reinforce the offensive line or bolster the cornerback position, rather than dwelling solely on past disappointments.

Considering the available wide receivers around the 124th pick, it’s wise to avoid selecting a slot receiver who’s undersized at 5’8″, especially given the existing options like Christian Kirk and Parker Washington. Similarly, despite the attractiveness of linebacker Hooper around pick 116, the team already boasts solid linebacker depth, minimizing the urgency to pursue this position.

While kicker Reichard may be appealing in the later rounds, taking him in the fifth round seems premature. It’s prudent to exercise patience rather than initiating a trend of early special teams picks. Furthermore, while Austin Reed may be a familiar name in Jacksonville, the team’s recent history with sixth-round quarterbacks hasn’t been promising, aside from Minshew Mania, making it a risky endeavor.

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