1. Jacksonville Jaguars
Every team has so many moving parts in terms of their NFL Draft strategy when looking back at 2017, but the Jacksonville Jaguars should have the biggest regret here. Back in 2017, Jacksonville felt good about their roster, and oddly enough, their 2017 team made it all the way to the AFC Championship game, only to fall short in New England.
In the draft, they took running back Leonard Fournette with the fourth overall selection. It was a good running back class, and Tom Coughlin and company believed they were a running back away. Fournette has had two nice seasons, but, when looking back now, passing on Patrick Mahomes was a silly mistake.
Yes, Jacksonville still had a quarterback they believed in with Blake Bortles, but a player like Mahomes could have put this team over the top. The defense has still been good in the past couple of seasons, and the Jaguars are one of the better teams at drafting defense in recent years. Not to mention, they traded away players like Jalen Ramsey, A.J. Bouye, and Calais Campbell. With Mahomes, they’d likely still be there.
With Mahomes, we’re looking at a completely different dynamic. The defense could still have all that talent, and still have Mahomes on a rookie deal. There’s little doubt they’d be dominating the AFC South and could have a couple of Super Bowl berths by now.