Jaguars position need in the 2022 draft No. 3 – cornerback
The Jaguars found a keeper in cornerback Shaquill Griffin. The 2019 Pro Bowl nod joined the Jaguars in free agency and has quickly established himself as a key cog in the secondary. However, teams nowadays need more than just one cornerback, and Jacksonville could use a couple in next year’s draft.
The Jags selected Tyson Campbell with the 33rd overall pick in 2021. The former Georgia Bulldog has shown flashes but it’s far from a finished product. Even if he becomes a solid starter, the Jags need to bolster their cornerback room and add depth next year. Chris Claybrooks has struggled when given playing time and Nevin Lawson is a replacement-level player. Also, Tre Herndon is still dealing with an MCL injury he suffered in the preseason and is set to become a free agent in 2022.
Derek Stingley Jr. is currently the top cornerback prospect ahead of the draft, and the Jaguars may be in a position to take him. He would be a great addition to the defense but so would edge rusher George Karlaftis. The truth is that there are many paths Jacksonville can take with their first-round pick next year, which will most likely be in the top 10, maybe even top 5. They will need to decide which position to address first.
Regardless of what the Jags do early in the draft, they need to use a mid or late-round pick on a couple of cornerbacks to groom. They have several additional selections after trading linebacker Joe Schobert, tight end Josh Oliver, quarterback Gardner Minshew, and cornerback C.J. Henderson earlier this year.