4 Jaguars rookies that could push veterans in 2021

Urban Meyer, head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field (Imagn Images photo pool)
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When will Andre Cisco take the field for the Jacksonville Jaguars?

Heading into this year’s draft, safety ranked near the top of the Jaguars’ position needs. At the time, taking Trevon Moehrig with the 25th overall pick made sense. Most would’ve approved if Jacksonville had picked Richie Grant in the second round. However, they waited until the third round to select Andre Cisco. The Syracuse standout suffered a lower-leg injury last season. This most likely led to his slide in the draft. Now that he’s healthy, he should compete for playing time.

The Jaguars signed Rayshawn Jenkins to a four-year deal worth $35 million this offseason. He will be a significant upgrade at safety. Urban Meyer recently spoke to the local media and said that the 2017 fourth-round pick, along with cornerback Shaquill Griffin, has been better than he originally expected, ‘I’m not talking about football ability. I’m talking about people, I’m talking about work ethic. Leaders on the field, they’ve been great’.

Incumbent Jarrod Wilson will most likely start at the other safety spot but Cisco has the talent to take over. At Syracuse, he appeared in 24 games and logged 13 interceptions, 14 passes defensed and two forced fumbles. The New York native needs to work on his tackling technique and taking better angles but he has the size and the athletic skills to thrive in the NFL.

Wilson is set to become a free agent following the 2021 season. Cisco should move up the depth chart and eventually join the starting lineup.