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2019 NFL Draft: Who meets the Jaguars defensive back thresholds?



Nov 10, 2018; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans cornerback Justin Layne (2) stands on the field during the first half of a game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Spartan Stadium. Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

On the surface of the roster, defensive back may not seem like an urgent need for the Jaguars.

However, when you look at the depth chart, you see that the team only has three players that started over seven games last season in cornerbacks Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye, as well as strong safety Ronnie Harrison. Additionally, the Jaguars could move on from nickel corner DJ Hayden next year and save nearly $2 million in cap space with a pre-6/1 release or save $3.5 million with a post-6/1 release as they see fit. With the recent release of free safety Tashaun Gipson, the Jaguars could be looking for someone in the draft to battle with 4th-year safety Jarrod Wilson to start across from Ronnie Harrison.

When looking at defensive backs that the Jaguars have drafted during general manager Dave Caldwell’s tenure, length is clearly weighted heavily into their selections. Other than Jalen Myrick, a seventh-round selection in 2017 with one of the fastest 40 yard dash times in NFL Combine history, and Aaron Colvin who strictly played nickel cornerback in Jacksonville, every Jaguars cornerback draft pick has measured in at either 5-11 + or with 32+ inch arms, or both. And at safety, the threshold has been 6-0 tall, 31 3/4″+ arms.

The broad jump is another heavy factor. Every cornerback the Jaguars have drafted has tested in the 68th percentile or better among NFL CBs.

Of note, the Jaguars have never drafted a boundary corner with under 32 and 1/8 inch arms. Everyone under has either been a nickel or safety. While these numbers aren’t elite for the respective positions, the Jaguars do seem to prefer defensive backs who run a 3-cone drill (change of direction test) between 6.94 seconds to 7.17 seconds.

Tier 1: Highest athletic threshold match

Juan Thornhill, Safety, Virginia 

While Thornhill can jump through the roof and run a sub 4.5 40, Virginia primarily used him as a linebacker/box safety. You would like to think with that athleticism, formerly playing corner and a background in basketball he could very well rotate with Ronnie Harrison as a box and deep safety.

Justin Layne, CB, Michigan State

A lengthy corner standing at 6’2″, Layne is a former wide receiver who regularly disrupts opponents in man press while displaying his ball skills and ending his 2018 campaign with 15 pass breakups. With all of that said, Layne is not as adept against the run as he is against the pass. Often struggling to get off blocks, Layne rarely gets dirty when ran directly towards.

David Long, CB, Michigan

Although he may not be flashy nor have the size you would like, Long is a pitbull-turned-cornerback. In man-press coverage, Long repeatedly sticks to his receiver like his hands ooze super glue. If you want a steady player who you can throw out there and not worry about, this is your guy.

Jamel Dean, CB, Auburn

A long, lanky brimming with potential thanks to his freak athleticism, Dean is a boom or bust prospect due to the fact that he already has had three knee surgeries due to playing football. Also of note, Dean was only a starter for one year at Auburn. If Dean doesn’t have to play much year one, gets to develop behind say one Jalen Ramsey, he could very well become a solid pro.

Tier 2: Above average athletic threshold match

Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, Safety, Florida

Elite. That, in every sense of the word, is what Chauncey Gardner-Johnson is at attacking screens and runs into the flat. Gardner-Johnson has played every defensive back position in his time at Florida, which is always a plus.

Even though Gardner-Johnson played nickel for Florida this previous season, the former Gator ended his season with a bang whilst showing what he could be back at safety.

Trayvon Mullen, CB, Clemson

While Mullen has the size to covet at cornerback, he doesn’t regularly use his size to his advantage. Given his measurables and testing numbers, he will have a shot at being a solid corner in the NFL, but I wouldn’t expect him to be anything more than a complementary corner.

Isaiah Johnson, CB, Houston

Like tall, long-armed corners with ball skills? This draft class is for you! Johnson, albeit a wirey frame, doesn’t often get bullied in 1v1 situations. He’s recorded four interception and 12 defended passes in two years after moving to DB from WR. Johnson’s explosiveness and length are the most common traits that show up on film.

Tier 3: Not a fit athletically

Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia

Baker projects as a first round pick this year and could start immediately in the NFL, but he just doesn’t fit in with Jacksonville based on their athletic thresholds. He’s slightly undersized (5-11, 32″ arms), his broad jump (26th percentile) was miserable, and he’s underweight compared to Jacksonville’s boundary cornerbacks. He’s a nickel by size/athleticism if he were to dress in black and teal, but don’t get your hopes up.

Malik Gant, S, Marshall

Gant has a fun highlight reel of big hits, but his testing is a red flag compared to Jacksonville’s history at safety. His average height is hurt by below average arm length, his 3-cone drill ranks in the 2nd (!) percentile among safeties, and his broad jump barely gets into the teens at the 12th percentile. He’s a fun tackler, but doesn’t offer the intangibles to make a difference in coverage. And his length doesn’t help his case at all.

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NFLPA seemingly responds to Jaguars, Coughlin about the word ‘voluntary’

Demetrius Harvey



May 26, 2017; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars executive vice president of football operations Tom Coughlin (center) looks on during organized team activities at Everbank Field. Mandatory Credit: Logan Bowles-USA TODAY Sports

The Jaguars today issued their annual state of the franchise address to fans and media alike. During the press conference, Tom Coughlin addressed the audience regarding the status of the football team. During his speech, Coughlin spoke about the player’s attendance to voluntary offseason workouts which began on Monday. Only two players were missing from the workouts — Jalen Ramsey and Telvin Smith –, and Coughlin’s message was clear when he stated: “We’re very close to 100 percent attendance – and quite frankly, all our players should be here.”

One statement which stood out by Coughlin was made directly afterward “Those who have everything given to them become lazy, selfish and insensitive to the real values of the team. The hard work that many try to avoid is the major building block for the development of an outstanding football team.” This statement creates a sort of cloudy vision of what exactly voluntary means which is why the NFLPA decided to issue their own statement on what voluntary means to them:

Listen. Everyone would love if the Jaguars had 100% attendance at these sort of voluntary workouts. There is no doubt that great strides can be made in all facets of the offseason, however, there is a reason why these workouts have been made voluntary. NFL players have been overworked, and collectively bargained with the NFL in an effort to limit the workload over the offseason in order to produce a better product on the field in the fall.

Whether or not Jalen Ramsey or Telvin Smith show up for the few-week period of voluntary workouts should have no impact. Both athletes have proven themselves over the years plenty of times. Jalen Ramsey works out with his father in Tennesee every offseason. This has no changed, nor do I expect it to anytime soon.

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Jacksonville Jaguars official 2019 NFL Schedule revealed

Demetrius Harvey



Dec 31, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Fireworks are shot over the stadium after game between the Texas A&M Aggies and the North Carolina State Wolfpack at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL has released all 32 teams’ schedules ahead of the 2019 NFL season. We can finally get a closer look at when the Jaguars will play each opponent. The Jaguars have one prime time game this upcoming season on  Thursday Night Football at home against the Titans (week 3). The Jaguars open up against the Kansas City Chiefs at home. The Jaguars lost to the Chiefs last season 30-14.

Earlier today the Jaguars announced they will be playing in London on November 2nd against the Houston Texans. Last season the Jaguars played in London on October 28th.

As for the Jaguars bye week, it will once again come directly after the Jaguars London journey which is to be expected as they have had a similar schedule the past two seasons. The bye week will occur during week 10 after their matchup against the Texans in London.

The Jaguars will be closing out the season at home for the first time since 2011. They play the Indianapolis Colts.

Jaguars 2019 NFL Schedule:

Week 1: vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 1:00 p.m., CBS, Sunday, September 8

Week 2: @ Houston Texans, 1:00 p.m., CBS, Sunday, September 15

Week 3: vs. Tennessee Titans, 8:20 p.m., NFL Network, Thursday, September 19

Week 4: @ Denver Broncos, 4:25 p.m., CBS, Sunday, September 29

Week 5: @ Carolina Panthers, 1:00 p.m., CBS, Sunday, October 6

Week 6: vs. New Orleans Saints, 1:00 p.m., CBS, Sunday, October 13

Week 7: @ Cincinnati Bengals, 1:00 p.m., CBS, Sunday, October 20

Week 8: vs. New York Jets, 1:00 p.m., CBS, Sunday, October 27

Week 9: vs. Houston Texans (London), 9:30 a.m., NFL Network, Sunday, November 3

Week 10: BYE

Week 11: @ Indianapolis Colts, 1:00 p.m., CBS, Sunday, November 17

Week 12: @ Tennessee Titans, 4:05 p.m., CBS, Sunday, November 24

Week 13: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1:00 p.m., FOX, Sunday, December 1

Week 14: vs. Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m., FOX, Sunday, December 8

Week 15: @ Oakland Raiders, 4:05 p.m., CBS, Sunday, December 15

Week 16: @ Atlanta Falcons, 1:00 p.m., FOX, Sunday, December 22

Week 17: vs. Indianapolis Colts, 1:00 p.m., CBS, Sunday, December 29

*All times are in EST

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REPORT: Jaguars claim former Cowboys guard Parker Ehinger

Zach Goodall




According to Field Yates of ESPN, the Jacksonville Jaguars have added former Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman Parker Ehinger off of waivers.

Ehinger spent the 2018 season with the Cowboys following two with the Kansas City Chiefs. The former 4th round pick in 2016 was traded to Dallas last preseason, but spent the majority of the season on injured reserve with a knee injury suffered in practice. He also tore his ACL, MCL, and meniscus as a rookie in 2016.

The 6-6, 310 lb guard has played in six career games, starting in five.

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