The Jacksonville Jaguars announce the signing of their remaining draft picks in front of training camp.
With the announcement that the Jacksonville Jaguars signed their remaining four draft picks on Monday, the team’s entire draft class is now ready to help this organization change the culture and losing ways that have been the norm the past two seasons.
"According to John Reid of The Florida Times-Union, “The franchise took care of business Monday afternoon when they signed first-round edge rusher K’Lavon Chaisson, fifth-round safety Daniel Thomas, sixth-round quarterback Jake Luton, and seventh-round cornerback/return specialist Chris Claybrooks.”"
With 12 new faces added to the current roster, there is a chance this team could surprise a few analysts this season after being picked by almost everyone to finish last in their division and one of worst teams in the NFL this coming year.
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The front office and coaching staff hope there is enough talent to sneak up on teams in the AFC South and steal a few wins that aren’t expected this season.
Headlined by Florida cornerback C.J. Henderson and Chaisson, the Jacksonville Jaguars front office took a defensive approach to the draft by adding four defensive backs, an outside linebacker and defensive tackle amongst the 12 selections. It’s a statement both general manager David Caldwell and head coach Doug Marrone made in April – that the offense may have been ahead of the defense.
It also showed that the team is committed to changing the perception of this team – adding players in the first three rounds who could make a sudden impact.
Regardless of the numbers added on the defensive side of the ball, which also included several free agents this offseason, including linebacker Joe Schobert, the plan will remain the same from last season, according to Reid.
"“Chaisson ended his career at LSU with 92 tackles, 46 solo, and 9.5 sacks. He is expected to play both strong-side linebacker and defensive end in defensive coordinator Todd Wash’s scheme,” Reid wrote.“Wash reaffirmed last month that he’s sticking with his 4-3 alignment but plans to use multiple fronts in which Chaisson could get snaps as a strong-side linebacker.”"
It also means the Jacksonville Jaguars are in a holding pattern with defensive end Yannick Ngakoue as the two sides are still at odds. The team is unwilling to trade the defensive star unless they receive compensation to their liking. Ngakoue has been doing everything he can to get out of Jacksonville since March.
This continues to remain a storyline that won’t go away this offseason and figures to carry over into training camp and the preseason.