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.
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):
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.
Fullbacks are people too.
Wide Receiver (6):
D.J Chark (R)
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):
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):
Will Richardson (R)
Offensive Guard/Center (5):
Tony Adams (R)
The Jaguars upgraded the guard positional by signing the all-pro left guard, Andrew Norwell in free agency.
Defensive Tackle (5):
Taven Bryan (R)
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):
Dante Fowler Jr.
Not much of a change to the defensive end room in 2018.
Leon Jacobs (R)
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.
Quenton Meeks (R)
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.
Ronnie Harrison (R)
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):
We went from Jason Myers to a freakin’ Lambo. Life is good.
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
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