Will 2015 be Aaron Colvin’s breakout year?


Aaron Colvin entered his final season at Oklahoma with high expectations. He lived up to the hype as he finished his senior season with 55 total tackles, 1 interception, and 2 pass deflections. This was a downgrade from his 2013 season where he had 4 interceptions and 14 pass deflections, but he still entered the NFL draft as an early round prospect.

His draft stock took a massive turn after he suffered a torn ACL while practicing for the Senior Bowl. This killed the chance that Colvin would be selected in the early rounds of the 2014 NFL Draft but many teams were still very interested in selecting Colvin including the San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles, New Orleans Saints, and of course the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Jaguars got a great look at Colvin while coaching the 2014 senior bowl and despite suffering an injury in practice, Gus Bradley had this to say to Aaron Colvin

"“We still love you. I’m going to come get you, you can bank on that.”"

The Jaguars did just that, selecting the Oklahoma defensive back in the 4th round of the 2014 draft. Colvin was sidelined for the first 10 games of the Jaguars’ season as he recovered from his ACL tear but he made his debut against the Colts in week 12. He made his presence known in his second game with the Jags, registering 4 combined tackles, 1 pass deflection, and the epic fumble recovery for a touchdown which helped lead to a Jaguars victory over the Giants.

Colvin finished the 2014 season on a high note, as he ended the season with 27 tackles, 2 pass deflections, and a fumble recovery for a touchdown. He was given a grade of +3.7 by Pro Football Focus in his second and third games with the Jaguars which made him tied for 10th best ranked cornerback in those two weeks.

The reason to be excited for Aaron Colvin in 2015 is obvious, he showed potential to be an effective nickel cornerback in 6 games last season and he was considered by some to be a early round draft pick before his injury. Another year to learn Gus Bradley’s and Bob Babich’s defensive system will benefit Colvin and he will get the opportunity to participate in all offseason in preseason activities which could also help his growth. Time will tell how effective of a player Colvin can be for the Jaguars defense but 2015 will give him the opportunity to prove his worth.

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