Why should the Jacksonville Jaguars pursue Brian Poole in free agency?
You might remember that the New York Jets held the first overall pick in 2021’s draft for most of the 2020 season due to their failure to win many games. That changed in Week 15, when they beat the Los Angeles Rams and the Cleveland Browns the following week. Their back-to-back victories ensured the Jaguars clinched the top selection in this year’s draft, which they will likely use on Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence.
One of those players that made those two wins possible was slot cornerback Brian Pool, who is set to hit the open market and is one of three defensive free agents Benjamin Solak of The Draft Network believes Jacksonville should sign this offseason and mentions his connection with Jaguars’ Player Personnel Coordinator Drew Hughes and the fact he’s played at a high level in New York as reasons why the Jags should make a play for the Florida product.
An undrafted free agent in 2016, Pool spent the first four years of this NFL career with the Atlanta Falcons. He signed a two-year deal in 2019 and will be a free agent once again this offseason. In the last two seasons, he’s logged 103 total tackles (six for a loss), 12 passes defensed, one forced fumble, and three interceptions. Moreover, he didn’t allow a single touchdown in 2020, but before the Jaguars make a decision, they need to take a look at other slot corners in the open market.