Jacksonville Jaguars ideal starting lineup following 2021 NFL Draft
Here’s how the Jacksonville Jaguars defense will potentially look in Week 1.
While there will be only two new faces on offense, the Jaguars’ defensive lineup suffered a bigger turnover and could have as many a four new starters in 2021. Defensive coordinator Joe Cullen will employ 4-3 and 3-4 sets, so EDGE defenders K’Lavon Chaisson and Josh Allen will sometimes place their hand in the dirt and other times play standing up.
Here’s a look a the Jaguars’ defense when they use a 4-3 formation:
Defensive ends: K’Lavon Chaisson and Josh Allen
Defensive tackles: Malcom Brown and DaVon Hamilton
DaVon Hamilton showed flashes before he suffered a knee injury last season. He should be able to get his starting job back in training camp but Jay Tufele won’t just hand it to him. Malcom Brown, who has appeared in 89 games with 80 starts over his six-year career will seize the other starting defensive tackle.
Linebackers: Joe Schobert, Myles Jack, and Damien Wilson
The Jaguars rounded out their linebacker corps when they signed Damien Wilson this offseason. The unit was a strength last season and should continue performing at a high level in 2021.
Cornerbacks: Shaquill Griffin, C.J. Henderson
Jacksonville revamped their cornerback room this offseason but Shaquill Griffin and C.J. Henderson will be the starters. However, Sidney Jones is ready to join the lineup in case either one goes down and Tre Herndon should play in the slot when they play nickel. Also, there’s rookie Tyson Campbell who should get some snaps every now and then.
Safeties: Jarrod Wilson and Rayshawn Jenkins
Andre Cisco should be able to join the starting lineup in 2021 but it won’t happen in training camp. The Syracuse product will have to earn playing time and Jarrod Wilson and Rayshawn Jenkins will be the starters in the meantime. Daniel Thomas started a couple of games last season and will also compete for snaps.