In his fourth year Jacksonville Jaguars nickel cornerback Aaron Colvin is playing his best football.
It is no secret the Jaguars have been making an overhaul to their defense in recent years. In fact almost all of the starters on the Jags defense has come from either the last two free agency classes or the 2016-2017 draft.
The remaining starters who weren’t from the period mentioned above are Telvin Smith, Paul Posluszny, Abry Jones, and finally Aaron Colvin. As linebackers Smith and Posluszny have always been contributing members on defense. Jones production even led to an extension four year 16 million dollar contract.
However coming out of Oklahoma in the 2014 draft Colvin has yet to find consistent play. During the draft process Colvin torn his ACL letting him slide to the fourth round. And over the last few season Colvin dealt with an injury, a suspension, as well as an inability to find a home on what seemed like a revolving door at cornerback.
Fast forward to this season and Colvin is having a career year. While he hasn’t recorded an interception or sack this year he is off to his best start as a Jaguar. This year through six games he has twenty tackles. This put him on pace for a career high.
In week six his play came to a peak against the Pittsburgh Steelers when he had nine tackles. Colvin dominated in the performance and had several key solo tackles. This breakout performance highlights his talent and natural ability that made him such an interesting draft prospect even with an ACL injury.
Colvin’s success can be linked to the Jags defense as a unit and how it vastly improved in the last two years. Adding Jalen Ramsey and AJ Bouye at cornerback has allowed Colvin more opportunities on the field.
However even with all these additions no doubt Colvin’s growth and talent has been on display this year. Moving forward Colvin will be an important piece in the Jags defense.