Ranking Jaguars defensive position groups ahead of 2021 NFL Draft
The Jacksonville Jaguars have made many additions to the defensive line.
The Jaguars devoted plenty of attention and resources to the defensive end position this offseason. While they refrained from adding a big name in free agency, they signed Jihad Ward and Roy Robertson-Harris. Moreover, they brought back Adam Gotsis and Dawuane Smoot, who combined for 21 starts last season.
Josh Allen dealt with a knee injury last season and was limited to eight games but if he’s fully healthy, nothing is stopping him from playing at a high level. Also, K’Lavon Chaisson displayed flashes of pass-rushing prowess towards the end of the year and if he can build on that, he will have a chance to become the playmaker the Jags expected when they made him the 20th overall pick in 2020’s draft.
After running a 4-3 base defense in recent years, the Jaguars will likely make the switch to a 3-4 defense. This means that both Chaisson and Allen will see time as outside linebackers and will frequently rush the passer while standing up. New defensive coordinator Joe Cullen likes their athleticism and versatility to put their hand in the dirt or stand up.
The Jaguars could use another pass rusher and could certainly use a draft pick on one, but if both Allen and Chaisson perform at a high level, they should be alright.