4 Jaguars veterans most impacted by 2021 NFL Draft

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The Jacksonville Jaguars have a crowded cornerback room.

Sidney Jones had a less-than-stellar tenure with the Philadelphia Eagles. A second-round selection in 2017, the Washington product dealt with injuries during his time in Philly and didn’t do much of note when he was healthy, so the Eagles decided to pull the plug on the cornerback after just three seasons and waived him last year.

Jones was then claimed by the Jaguars and became an instant contributor, appearing in nine games with six starts. Nevertheless, he finished the year on the Injury Reserve list with a hamstring injury. The team’s new regime liked the 2017 second-round pick enough to give him a one-year deal this offseason but he will have to compete for playing time in 2021, as Jacksonville revamped their cornerback room.

The Jaguars signed Shaquill Griffin in the free agency and used the 33rd overall pick of 2021’s draft on Tyson Campbell. Griffin will likely start opposite sophomore C.J. Henderson while Campbell should compete for a significant role in the lineup. This could leave Jones as the odd man out even though he was a starter last year.

Jones is a serviceable player but one that comes with an extended injury history, so trusting him to stay healthy may be a tall order. This could be the year he puts it together, but the Jags wanted to err on the side of caution and opted to solidify their cornerback room with the addition of Campbell instead of hoping for the best.