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Jaguars 53-Man Roster Projection: Post Draft Edition

Christopher Thornton

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We are only days removed from the 2018 NFL Draft, and we now know who the future faces of the Jaguars can be. However, who makes the cut? Here are some way too early roster predictions.

Quarterback (3):

Blake Bortles

Cody Kessler

Tanner Lee (R)

The Jaguars drafted Tanner Lee in the 6th round as well as trading for Cody Kessler for a conditional 2019 7th round pick, so the team isn’t necessarily invested in either guy. Likely this list is to be trimmed to two QB’s but at the moment they stick with both and have three QB’s on the roster come week one.

Running Back (3):

Leonard Fournette

T.J Yeldon

Corey Grant

This positional group is most likely to increase to four, especially if any other veteran RB’s or UDFA make it deeper into camp. However, as it stands, the Jaguars go into week one with three running backs in Fournette, Yeldon, and Grant.

Fullback (1):

Tommy Bohanon

Fullbacks are people too.

Wide Receiver (6):

Marqise Lee

D.J Chark (R)

Donte Moncrief

Dede Westbrook

Keelan Cole

Allen Lazard (R)

The Jaguars made a splash in the draft by drafting star WR D.J Chark out of LSU. Chark has the potential to become the #1 receiver by seasons’ end and shake up the WR room. Allen Lazard is an interesting UDFA with his size, coming in at 6’5. Some might believe he moves to TE, but I believe he stays at his original position of WR.

Tight End (3):

Austin Sefarian-Jenkins

Ben Koyack

Niles Paul

The Jaguars released veteran Marcedes Lewis this offseason, which seemed to set the Jaguars up to draft a tight end. In the 2018 NFL draft, however, the Jaguars did the opposite and decided to stick with its’ current tight end room.

Offensive Tackle (4):

Jeremy Parnell

Cam Robinson

Will Richardson (R)

Chris Reed

Offensive Guard/Center (5):

Andrew Norwell

A.J Cann

Tyler Shatley

Tony Adams (R)

Brandon Linder

The Jaguars upgraded the guard positional by signing the all-pro left guard, Andrew Norwell in free agency.

Defensive Tackle (5):

Taven Bryan (R)

Malik Jackson

Marcell Dareus

Abry Jones

Eli Ankou

The Jaguars took DT Taven Bryan at 29 overall in the 2018 NFL Draft. Taven Bryan is most likely to be the heir to the DT group when the Jaguars inevitably get rid of DT’s Malik Jackson and Marcell Dareus.

Defensive End (4):

Calais Campbell

Yannick Ngakoue

Dante Fowler Jr.

Dawuane Smoot

Not much of a change to the defensive end room in 2018.

Linebacker (5):

Telvin Smith

Myles Jack

Leon Jacobs (R)

Blair Brown

Lerentee McCray

The Jaguars lost veteran MLB Paul Posluszny this offseason to retirement. The Jaguars drafted a linebacker in Leon Jacobs in the 6th round. The Jaguars had a higher grade on Jacobs, and he fell to them, which says to me if he produces well in camp, he should have a solid shot at making the roster.

Cornerback (6):

Jalen Ramsey

A.J Bouye

Quenton Meeks (R)

D.J Hayden

Tyler Patmon

Jalen Myrick

Aaron Colvin was lost in free agency to the divisional rival, Houston Texans. The Jaguars attempted to patch this up by signing CB D.J Hayden. However, the Jaguars landed a gem in Quenton Meeks as a UDFA which could make training camp very interesting for the nickel cornerback spot.

Safety (5):

Don Carey

Tashaun Gipson

Barry Church

Ronnie Harrison (R)

Cody Davis

The Jaguars and special teams coordinator Joe Decamillis overhauled the special teams unit in free agency, which leads to a surplus of safeties on the roster this year. Guys like Don Carey and Cody Davis are versatile and can move around the secondary. Newly drafted S Ronnie Harrison is likely to be the heir S Barry Church.

Long Snapper (1):

Carson Tinker

Duh.

Kicker (1):

Josh Lambo

We went from Jason Myers to a freakin’ Lambo. Life is good.

Punter (1):

Logan Cooke (R)

This one was slightly shocking as just days after drafting Cooke, the Jaguars parted ways with veteran P Brad Nortman, paving the way for Logan Cooke to become the primary punter in the offseason.

(R) Denotes rookie player

Christopher Thornton Is the Co-host for Locked On Jaguars. Christopher lives in Jacksonville and is currently a season ticket holder for the Jacksonville Jaguars. You can find me on Twitter (@Mistochristopho) and contact me at [email protected]

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  1. Eduardo

    May 6, 2018 at 7:13 pm

    This looks pretty good, although I’d expect Tanner Lee to be on the Practice Squad and the addition of a fourth running back, maybe Tim Cook or someone released by another team.

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