Jacksonville Jaguars: 5 Takeaways from 2021 NFL Draft

HC Urban Meyer and GM Trent Baalke of the Jacksonville Jaguars (Imagn Images photo pool)
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Jacksonville Jaguars linebackers Josh Allen #41 and K’Lavon Chaisson #45 (Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports) /

4) The Jacksonville Jaguars like their EDGE rusher.

Jaguars defensive coordinator Joe Cullen has said the team will employ different formations on defense, and it will be interesting to see how the unit looks in 2021. Whether they use a 4-3 or 3-4 scheme, one thing is clear, the team’s brass likes Josh Allen and sophomore K’Lavon Chaisson and they will be their primary pass rushers.

Chaisson and Allen might play with their hand on the dirt less and rush the quarterback standing up more often in 2021. Jacksonville brought in Jihad Ward and Roy Robertson Harris in free agency and drafted Jordan Smith but it’s unlikely any of them will get ahead of Chaisson on the depth chart.

5) Gardner Minshew is still on the Jacksonville Jaguars roster.

Before the draft, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported other teams inquired about Gardner Minshew II’s availability but Urban Meyer said the team wasn’t fielding any trade offers for the Washington State product. The draft came and went and Minshew is still on the roster.

Looking back, it made sense to trade Minshew, as he has starting experience and is still on his rookie contract. Moreover, the Jags sign C.J. Beathard this offseason, so they would have had a backup in place in case they had dealt Minshew. In the end, the team did the right thing and kept him.

Trevor Lawrence will most likely be the starting quarterback in Week 1, but Minshew is a better signal-caller than Beathard and will probably be the primary backup in 2021.

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