Scouting the NFC South: 3 Saints FAs Jacksonville Jaguars should target
Trey Hendrickson can help the Jacksonville Jaguars’ generate pressure.
The Jaguars registered a paltry 17 sacks in 2020 and their defensive line was responsible for 12.5 of those. Defensive end Duwuane Smoot led the team with 5.5 while the linebacker Joe Schobert and defensive end Josh Allen logged 2.5 each. The latter missed time with injuries last season but should be fully healthy in 2021. Meanwhile, K’Lavon Chaisson displayed flashes of pass-rush prowess towards the end of the year.
However, the ‘Jags’ need to err on the side of caution and bring in help this offseason. The draft will offer a few enticing prospects but they could also target Saints defensive end Trey Hendrickson, who had a breakout year in 2020, logging 13.5 sacks, 25 total tackles (two for a loss), and one forced fumble.
Hendrickson was a non-factor early in his career, registering 6.5 sacks and 40 total tackles in his first three seasons in New Orleans but he was their sack leader in 2020. It will be difficult for the Saints to keep him and easy for the Jaguars to sign him. If Jacksonville opts to upgrade the defensive position and not the draft, they need to give Hendrickson a long hard look.