For the next few days, the NFL Scouting Combine will take center stage, and rightfully so. Clubs will get to see draft prospects perform all kinds of drills and will have a chance to meet with them in order to pick their brains. Similarly, free agency will take a back seat despite the fact that it’s just two weeks away.
The Jacksonville Jaguars already got to work, signing offensive lineman Tyler Shatley to a two-year deal. However, that’s just one of many moves they will need to make in the upcoming days. They have several roster needs but will have around $53 million in cap space to address several of them in free agency.
Here’s a ranking of the Jags’ biggest needs ahead of free agency, and if they play their cards right, they should be able to fill two or three of them.
No. 5 Jaguars’ positional need ahead of free agency – Cornerback.
The Jaguars have a pair of starting cornerbacks in Tyson Campbell and Shaquill Griffin. But they should err on the side of caution and add depth to the position this offseason. After all, you can never have enough corners and they should be ready in case injuries strike in 2022.
Also, veteran Nevin Lawson and Tre Herndon are slated to hit the open market, so this is a good time for the Jags’ to replenish their cornerback room. While targeting Stephon Gilmore or J.C. Jackson in free agency may be unrealistic due to the kind of salary they will command, there will be a few budget-friendly options available, such as K’Wuan Williams, Bryce Callahan, and Robert Alford. The three of them have dealt with injuries but could be solid depth options if healthy.