With a big offseason, the Jacksonville Jaguars have a stockpile of young talent at the cornerback position.
Strong cornerback play will be the best asset to an improved Jacksonville Jaguars defense. These three players have the ability to lead the defense for this season and years to come. Their skill and youth has the potential to make them the best unit on the team.
1. Jalen Ramsey
The 2016 first round pick will be just twenty-two years old at the start of this season. After an impressive rookie year, Jalen Ramsey has shown more than enough potential to be the Jags’ number one cornerback. Two interceptions, 14 passes defensed, a pick-six and all-rookie honors were highlights from his first year in the league. Moving forward, expect Ramsey to build on these numbers. Headed into his second year Ramsey will only be getting better as he gains more experience. Expect him to become a consistent treat on the defensive side of the ball in 2017.
2. A.J Bouye
The Jags’ big addition though free agency will only be twenty-six once the season starts. A.J. Bouye’s sixty-three tackles and impressive coverage ability will help the Jags to a top-rank pass defense. When quarterbacks turn away from Ramsey they will have to face Bouye, who also has the ability of a number one cornerback. Bouye will earn the chance to lead this unit. As the season approaches, expect Bouye to add his own mark on the Jags cornerback group.
3. Aaron Colvin
As Aaron Colvin enters his fourth year in the league he will also turn twenty-six. Colvin normally plays nickel coverage but has shown the ability and consistency to play on the outside if needed. He has shown he can make impact plays. While he hasn’t yet had an interception, he is reliable and will add depth to a skillful unit. Overall, his experience will help add security and depth to the cornerback position.
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The Jags have only a handful of cornerbacks on the roster with Colvin, Bouye, Ramsey, and Josh Johnson making up the top four. As the draft approaches, keep an eye for the team to add more talent to this position group as the Jags are incredibly thin, if talented, at the position. Florida State’s Marquez White or Miami’s Corn Elder could be available in later rounds. Each would provide talent and depth to the defensive back unit. An addition though the draft will help round out what will be the best defensive unit on the Jags next year.
Jalen Ramsey, AJ Boyue, and Aaron Colvin all are under the age of twenty-seven. Their youth, talent, and opportunity gives them the potential to be the best unit on the team.