3 reasons why you have to like Jacksonville Jaguars draft haul

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The Jacksonville Jaguars secondary is now full of playmakers

Before free agency started, head coach Urban Meyer said the team wanted to revamp the defensive front and bolster their secondary. After looking at all the moves they have made this offseason, it’s fair to say they accomplished their mission. While they mostly added depth to their defensive line in free agency, two of their most meaningful additions were in the secondary: Cornerback Shaquill Griffin and safety Rayshawn Jenkins.

However, Jacksonville didn’t stop in free agency and kept hoarding defensive backs in 2021’s draft, taking Georgia cornerback Tyson Campbell with the 33rd overall pick and using their third-round selection on Syracuse safety Andre Cisco.

The Jaguars’ secondary wasn’t completely devoid of talent last season though, and key players such as cornerback Sidney Jones and safety Jarrod Wilson made some plays. The problem is that injuries hit the unit hard and the team was forced to dress their second and third-stringers. That won’t be a problem in 2021.

Before the draft, Meyer said the Jaguars’ brass was pleased with their cornerback room and after adding Campbell, the unit has the potential to be a strength. You could argue that Jacksonville now has too many corners, but isn’t that a good problem to have? Also, it may be just a matter of time before Andre Cisco joins the starting lineup and becomes a key cog in the back end. It’s true that the Jaguars still need to take the field and opposing defenses haven’t yet tested the secondary, but the truth is that the unit looks in better shape than it did at the end of the 2020 season and their investments in the draft is one of the reasons why.