Ranking Jaguars cornerback room following the 2021 NFL Draft

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Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Tre Herndon #37 at TIAA Bank Field (Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports) /

Here are the Jacksonville Jaguars’ top 3 corners in 2021.

3. Tre Herndon – Sidney Jones may be more talented than Tre Herndon but the latter has been to stay healthy, something the former can’t do. After not getting his name called in 2017’s draft, the Vanderbilt product signed with Jaguars and has slowly worked his way up the roster.

Herdon played at least 86 percent of the team’s total snaps on defense and will have significant playing time in 2021. He may not be a Pro Bowler but he’s someone the team can rely on.

2. C.J. Henderson – Even though he had a couple of rough outings, C.J. Henderson showed plenty of potential in his rookie campaign. The Florida product finished the season with 36 total tackles, six passes defended one interception, and one forced fumble. While those aren’t eye-popping numbers, they were solid considering rookies had no preseason last year.

Head coach Urban Meyer has praised Henderson several times and it looks like he will most likely get his starting job back in training camp. Jacksonville drafted him ninth overall last year because they thought he could turn into a top-notch cornerback. He will get a chance to prove them right in 2021.

1. Shaquill Griffin –Arguably the Jaguars’ biggest acquisition in free agency, Griffin will be the starting cornerback opposite Henderson. Although he’s not an All-Pro caliber player, his presence will help stabilize Jacksonville’s secondary.

While giving Griffin a big contract may seem excessive, the Jaguars needed to added talent and depth to their cornerback group. What would you prefer, one elite player or three that aren’t nearly as good but still efficient? The Jaguars focused on adding depth to their secondary this offseason, and the former Seattle Seahawk is the kind of player the team needs in their rebuild.

Jacksonville doesn’t have a true shutdown cornerback, but they have four (even five) solid ones that can get the job done. Not many teams can brag about that kind of depth. The Jaguars’ cornerback group must stay healthy, but they have the potential to be an above-average unit this upcoming season.

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