5 Jacksonville Jaguars trending up early in training camp

Urban Meyer, HC of the Jacksonville Jaguars and S Rayshawn Jenkins (Imagn Images photo pool)
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Jacksonville Jaguars safety Andre Cisco #38 (Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports) /

Jacksonville Jaguars player trending up No. 2 – S Andre Cisco

It’s common practice to grade an NFL team’s draft picks as soon as they turn in the card for whoever player they choose. While there’s nothing inherently wrong with that, it’s possible to overreact and claim one pick was or wasn’t good only to find out later that the opposite is true.

In this year’s draft, it looked like the Jaguars made a questionable decision when they decided not to draft a safety in the first or second round. After all, it was a position of need even though the team signed Rayshawn Jenkins early this year. In the end, Jacksonville didn’t neglect the position. They just waited until Round 3 to take Andre Cisco, who logged 13 interceptions and 14 passes defensed in 24 collegiate games.

The Cisco pick itself was kind of puzzling, as the former Orangeman dealt struggled with injuries the last two years. First, it was a lower-body injury that he sustained in 2019. Then, he tore his ACL last year. Heading into the draft, there were questions about his health and whether he was injury-prone.

However, the Syracuse product has put those questions to rest. He has had no restrictions in training camp and has looked like his old, athletic self. Jenkins recently met with the local media and said that you couldn’t tell Cisco underwent surgery just by looking at him. If he manages to stay healthy, the rookie safety could have a legitimate shot to compete for a starting job in 2021.