No. 2 Jaguars player who can make the Pro Bowl – Shaquill Griffin, CB.
Cornerback Shaquill Griffin is no stranger to the Pro Bowl, as he got the nod in 2019 despite the fact that he didn’t register an interception. On the other hand, he logged 13 passes defensed and allowed a 57.7 percent completion rate that year.
Griffin joined the Jaguars last season and quickly became a key cog on defense and one of their leaders. Although he surrendered a 69.7 percent completion rate on 46 receptions, he was a big reason why Jacksonville ranked seventh in passing touchdowns allowed in 2021. Last season, the UCF product posted a Pro Football Focus overall grade of 72.0, the second-highest mark of his career. Also, he allowed 50 receiving yards or more in a game just three times. With a better pass rush up front and more at every level on defense, he should perform better than he did.
The one area where Griffin has to improve is interceptions and he himself will tell you that. While they aren’t the sole indicator of a corner’s performance, he needs to create more big plays. Over his five-year career, he’s only racked up five and he had none last year. That’s why he’s committed to practicing with Trevor Lawrence and the Jaguars wide receiver if they hold offseason workouts.
While it will be unrealistic to expect Griffin to register eight interceptions in 2022, he should aim to surpass his career-best of three and if he does, he will have a good shot at returning to the Pro Bowl after a two-year absence.