Jacksonville Jaguars: 2020 defensive rookies midseason rankings

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The Jacksonville Jaguars are waiting on their defensive rookie class.

Legendary head coach Bill Parcells once said that you are what your record says you are and that is true for the 2020 Jacksonville Jaguars. They are a squad that is going through a youth movement after parting ways with defensive ends Calais Campbell and Yannick Ngakoeu before the season started.

This year the ‘Jags’ had a total of 12 draft selections and used seven of them on the defensive side of the ball. While they’re getting contributions from first-year running back James Robinson and wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr, they haven’t gotten many returns from their defensive counterpart.

The team is currently in the cellar of most defensive categories and plenty of that falls on the inexperience there is on that side of the ball. Linebackers Myles Jack and Joe Schobert have played to the best of their ability and so has safety Jarrod Wilson, but without more talent on defense, their contributions may likely go unnoticed.

The Jaguars need their rookie class to step up and contribute in the second half of the season. More often than not, there’s a learning curve first-year players have to go through, so we may see some of them flourish in the following weeks. Also, we have to have realistic expectations and keep in mind that not every single one of them will pan out in the NFL. For the time being, let’s see how the Jaguars 2020 defensive rookie class has performed after eight weeks of football.