5 Jacksonville Jaguars players set to shock the NFL world in 2021

Fans of the Jacksonville Jaguars at 2021's draft party (Imagn Images photo pool)
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Myles Jack #44 of the Jacksonville Jaguars celebrates a defensive (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images) /

After reaching the AFC Championship in 2017, it looked like the Jacksonville Jaguars were going to be a dominant team for years. After all, they had one of the best defenses in the NFL at the time and were one bad call away from playing in the Super Bowl. Instead, they came crashing down the following year and have won just 12 games over the last three seasons.

On the bright side, the organization realized how far they fell and cleaned house this offseason. The Jags gave former head coach Doug Marrone the boot and hired Urban Meyer to oversee the rebuild —  yes, they are in rebuilding mode. Also, they promoted director of player personnel Trent Baalke to general manager.

The duo has done a good job of replenishing a roster that lacked enough playmakers last season. After free agency and the draft, this Jacksonville team looks in good shape ahead of training camp. In fact, these five players should have an immediate impact and could shock the NFL world in 2021.

1. Myles Jack – Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker

Myles Jack has been one of the most underrated linebackers in the NFL since the Jaguar made him a second-round pick in 2016’s draft. The UCLA product hasn’t gone totally noticed — he recently cracked a top 10 ranking — but he’s not a household name outside Duval.

That should change this year after the arrival of Urban Meyer. The former Ohio State head coach will push Jack to play at the highest possible level. Last season, he made the switch to weakside linebacker after playing in the middle in 2019. Defensive coordinator Joe Cullen will look for ways to maximize his skill set in a scheme that will feature 3-4 and 4-3 alignments. Other than Pro Football Focus’ 2020 Pro Bowl team, Jack hasn’t earned many accolades over the last five years. Don’t be surprised if he earns his first Pro Bowl nod or even an All-Pro designation.