3 Jaguars whose potential replacements may be drafted in 2022
No. 3 Jaguars player whose replacement can be drafted – Rayshawn Jenkins.
Safety Rayshawn Jenkins is another player whose future replacement could be drafted this year after an underwhelming first year with the team. Jenkins was brought in last year and there is no indication so far as to how the new coaching staff feels about his ability to fit their vision for this defense.
Jenkins did not have a stellar season in his first year with the franchise, while he was not considered a liability by any means he also was not the play-maker the team was hoping he would be. The safety was drafted by the Los Angeles Chargers in 2017 in the fourth round and signed a 4-year, $35 million deal by the Urban Meyer-led regime.
Jenkins racked up 73 total tackles, one tackle for a loss, three passes defensed, and zero interceptions, sacks, or forced fumbles. While Jenkins was a sure tackler, he did not provide the Jaguars with much in terms of turnovers and struggled at times in defending the pass.
Having said that, Jenkin’s leadership and reliable tackling seemed to maintain throughout the year. He did however get ejected during the game against the 49ers for throwing a punch during a scuffle with an opposing receiver. From a character perspective, this may not look good for the new coaching staff. Pro Football Focus gave him a 56.9 defense grade for the year, which is nowhere near the elite safeties in the league.
Perhaps this coaching staff likes what Jenkins brings to the table and believes they can get the most out of the veteran. But, the new coaching staff is not responsible for bringing him in and may want to draft his eventual replacement if he does not fit what they are looking for.