Jacksonville Jaguars: Tyler Shelvin could help shape interior defensive line
The interior defensive line is the most crucial need for the Jacksonville Jaguars outside of the position of quarterback. This is a win or lose situation for Jacksonville. If the Jaguars can correctly address their defensive line issues, their defense will take a serious step up in 2021.
LSU’s Tyler Shelvin could easily help shape the Jaguars’ defensive line by being the big body on the inside. He only has two years of college football under his belt, which may be a bit of a flag to some NFL teams, but his impact on the field has had a far bigger impression than the numbers he has on his stats sheet. Had Shelvin not opted out of the 2020 season, he probably would have had his best season yet.
Standing at 6’3″ and 346 pounds, Shelvin is an absolute anchor on defense with a thick frame and excellent upper body strength. He’s not overly flexible and his feet move a bit slowly, but he’s explosive right off the snap.
Shelvin excels as a run defender and that is where he is going to make a true impact on the field. He played purely as a nose tackle in LSU’s defense and that’s where he can expect to play in the NFL.
The Jaguars are transitioning to a 3-4 defensive scheme under new coordinator Joe Cullen, barring any unexpected changes as roster evaluations continue. Shelvin would be the perfect addition to this reborn 3-4 defense. He’s not as developed as a pass rusher so he possesses more of a two-down value for the Jaguars rather than being a three-down kind of contributor.
Even if he hasn’t played a college football game in over a year, you can expect Shelvin to have put in major work off the field in preparation for the NFL Draft. His draft stock will count on his pre-draft workouts but the Jaguars have all of the draft capital they need to land a run stuffer as stout as Tyler Shelvin.