The Jaguars have 10 draft picks in the upcoming April 23-25 NFL Draft.
With two first-round picks, Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell has not ruled out the possibility of trading up or back in next month’s NFL Draft.
Gaining more draft picks could be a direction they go if they decide to trade defensive end Yannick Ngakoue after designating him with the franchise tag by the March 12 deadline.
Asked last week at the NFL Scouting Combine if having two first-round picks gives him desired flexibility to consider trade possibilities, Caldwell said it does.
"You know you have the one at 20 sitting there,’’ Caldwell said, "if you want to move back from nine and pick up some picks later. Right now, we have  picks, and we’ll see what we have come draft day.’’
During last year’s draft, Caldwell traded up three spots in the second round to 35th overall to select right tackle Jawaan Taylor.
Taylor turned out to be as good as advertised, starting 16 games and playing all 1,091 offensive snaps during the season.
The Jaguars agreed to trade veteran cornerback A.J. Bouye on Tuesday to the Denver Broncos in exchange for a 2020 fourth-round pick.
Once the Jaguars officially announce they are going to designate the franchise tag on Ngakoue, they are likely to draw plenty of interest from teams willing to offer draft picks to acquire him.
If the Jaguars do not get a trade offer they desire, they could stand pat and keep Ngakoue on the roster for the 2020 season.
There’s also speculation the Jaguars are actively listening to trade offers for quarterback Nick Foles. It comes after Jagurs coach Doug Marrone said at the scouting combine he plans to have an open competition for the starting quarterback job between incumbent Gardner Minshew and Foles.
No one knows at this point if the Jaguars would be willing to trade up to select a quarterback if they were to trade Foles or ensure themselves a draft position high enough to select a potential target like Auburn defensive tackle Derrick Brown.
Before last week’s scouting combine, several mock drafts had the Jaguars selecting Brown or Clemson linebacker/safety Isaiah Simmons. Both had strong enough performances at the combine to see their draft stock rise.
In his latest mock draft released Tuesday, ESPN’s Todd McShay had both Brown and Simmons off the board before the Jaguars select at No. 9.
McShay had Simmons, who ran the 40-yard dash in 4.39 seconds at the combine, going fourth overall in the first round to the New York Giants.
McShay had Brown going to the Carolina Panthers with the seventh overall pick and the Jaguars selecting Iowa offensive tackle Tristan Wirfs with the ninth overall pick and taking TCU defensive tackle Ross Blacklock with the 20th overall pick.
Caldwell stressed a need last week to improve the defensive line by adding a nose tackle with substantial size. The Jaguars declined to pick up the 2020 option on defensive tackle Marcell Dareus' contract, clearing $20 million in cap space.
"Obviously, our run defense after Marcell went down last year took a big hit," Caldwell said. "You look at what we did before Marcel went down and after. I think that should be a point of attack. As us from a team standpoint, we feel like Taven [Bryan] has really done a nice job coming in as a run defender. That nose tackle position, if we can get a big body next to him, would be a good asset to us. We still feel like Abry [Jones] can continue to contribute in that aspect.’’
Besides defensive tackle, the Jaguars have glaring needs to address at cornerback, offensive line, tight end and linebacker.
The Jaguars have stockpiled draft picks in trades over the past two years. The Jaguars traded disgruntled cornerback Jalen Ramsey to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for 2020 and 2021 first-round picks and a 2021 fourth-round pick.
In 2018, the Jaguars received a 2019 third-round pick and a 2020 fifth-round selection in exchange for trading defensive end Dante Fowler to the Rams.
"We will do the things necessary to put the best team on the field, and all options are on the table,’’ Caldwell said. "We feel like come September, regardless of what happens and who is on this team, we will feel like a more improved team."