Jacksonville Jaguars: 5 cornerbacks to target ahead of 2021 trade deadline

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Houston Texans cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III (26) – Jacksonville Jaguars. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports /

The Jacksonville Jaguars were proactive in this year’s free agency, signing several players. While some of the additions didn’t or haven’t panned out, others have gone on to become key contributors this season. One of them is cornerback Shaquill Griffin, who has been everything the team’s brass expected when they gave him a three-year deal worth $40 million.

However, the jags could also use another cornerback to start opposite Griffin. After trading C.J. Henderson, rookie Tyson Campell moved outside. While’s shown flashes, he’s still raw and it may be a while before he gets fully comfortable in the boundaries. Moreover, he’s missed the last two games with a toe injury. Nevin Lawson and Chris Claybrooks took his place in the lineup but neither of them is the long-term answer at the position.

Head coach Urban Meyer said Campbell will be back in the lineup for Jacksonville’s game against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 8. He will get his job back but the team should consider adding help before the 2021 trade deadline.

Sophomore Cameron Dantzler could be had but he won’t be the only cornerback the Jaguars could trade for. Here are five more that could be available.

Jacksonville Jaguars CB trade target No. 1 – Vernon Hargreaves

The Houston Texans have lost five straight games and it doesn’t look like they will improve anytime soon. That’s why they may be willing to trade (even to a divisional rival) some of their few talented players, including cornerback Vernon Hargreaves.

The 2016 first-round pick has been an adequate starter for the Texans this season, logging 19 total tackles, three passes defensed and an interception, which coincidentally came against the Jags in the season opener.

Hargreaves has appeared in all six games this season and started four. He’s also posted a serviceable Pro Football Focus grade of 61.7, and could add depth to a Jaguars’ cornerback room that may be in dire need of it. He has plenty of starting experience and that’s a plus.