Outside of Derek Cox and maybe Mike Harris, there is a serious deficiency at cornerback for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Aaron Ross has proven to be less of an impact player than originally anticipated, Rashean Mathis has lost a step and is set to hit free agency, William Middleton struggled in 2012 and is set to hit free agency, and players like Kevin Rutland and Antwon Blake are likely nothing more than just guys.
While there are a couple really good cornerback options in the draft, it isn’t likely that the Jags take one of the top prospects at number two overall and it isn’t likely that one of the top prospects slips to number 33. With Cox set to test the waters in free agency, the Jags may be in need of a starting caliber corner and a third corner. So, who’s available in free agency? Here are three guys the Jags should look at.
- While the Jags may not want to replace the oft-injured Cox with someone who only played 52 snaps before injury in 2012, Grimes is a playmaker that deserves some attention. In 2010 he had a ridiculous 23 passes defended to go with five interceptions. Grimes’ talent makes him worthy of at least a conversation, but he may not be the best fit for the Jags.
Adam “Pac-Man” Jones
- Seriously, the guy can play. Jones hasn’t been as much of a headache lately as he was early in his career, and his play has risen with his character. He hasn’t had an interception since 2010, but he still has the skills to play well and forces quarterbacks to look the other way.
- DRC had 17 passes defended and three interceptions in only eight starts last season. He was lost amid the tumultuous Philadelphia Eagles season but he has the skills to be a top corner in the league. Don’t discount him for a couple bad years in Philly following his trade as part of the Kevin Kolb deal. He is a clutch player who was instrumental in bringing the Arizona Cardinals to the Super Bowl.
There are a number of decent corners available in free agency, but if the Jags get really serious, I think that these three players deserve heavy consideration. Anybody you’d like to see?
– Luke N. Sims
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