Ranking Jaguars defensive position groups ahead of 2021 NFL Draft
The Jacksonville Jaguars wasted no time this offseason, hiring Urban Meyer as their head coach and naming Trent Baalke as the general manager not long after the 2020 season ended. Once they revamped their front office and coaching staff, they went on to give their roster a makeover.
While the Jags signed Marvin Jones Jr. and placed the franchise tag on Cam Robinson, most of the major additions they made were on the defensive side of the ball. It’s true that their offense needed an infusion of talent but this Jacksonville team also needed to upgrade a defense that allowed opposing teams to score 30 points or more nine times last season and ranked near the bottom of most meaningful defensive categories.
Heading into the 2021 NFL Draft, how does the Jaguars’ defense look? Here’s a power ranking of every position group.
Malcom Brown should bolster the Jacksonville Jaguars’ defensive tackle group.
Taven Bryan hasn’t been the player the Jaguars thought he would be when they made him a first-round pick in 2018, so they had to rely on rookie defensive tackles DaVon Hamilton and Doug Costin in 2020. While they both displayed flashes of talent, they also struggled at times and missed time with injuries. Thus, it wasn’t surprising to see the Jacksonville trade for defensive tackle Malcom Brown this offseason.
Costin and Hamilton will most likely compete for playing time in 2021 and should be part of the defensive line rotation. The Jags also re-signed Daniel Ross, but it’s unlikely that he will have a big role on defense. They still need to add talent to the unit and could take the best defensive tackle prospect in the draft, Christian Barmore, with the 25th overall pick.