5 Jaguars who could struggle to make the team after 2022 NFL Draft

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Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Jordan Smith (92). Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports /

There’s plenty of turnover in the NFL and teams could look quite different from one year to another depending on the moves they make in free agency and the draft. This was the case for a Jacksonville Jaguars team that was in dire need of talent after going winning a paltry three games last season.

This means that Jaguars that logged a robust amount of snaps, or were on the roster last year, may not make the team in 2022. In particular, these five could struggle to make the team this upcoming season.

No. 1 Jaguars player who may not make the team: Jordan Smith, EDGE.

A fourth-round pick in the 2021 draft, edge defender Jordan Smith was a healthy scratch for most of his rookie campaign, appearing in just two games and making one total tackle. You could argue that he barely played due to how stacked the Jags’ front seven was but it’s telling that they didn’t feel comfortable giving him meaningful playing time.

It’s true that the Jaguars’ coaching staff was hesitant to play most of their 2021 rookie class but safety Andre Cisco and left tackle Walker Little were in the starting lineup towards the end of the year. Meanwhile, Smith appear in just 21 defensive snaps last year. He might need a monster training camp because Jacksonville drafted defensive lineman Travon Walker first overall and signed former San Francisco 4ers defensive end Arden Key in free agency and both of them will go on to have feature roles in 2022.

Right now, Smith looks like a candidate to join the Jaguars’ practice squad, and it’s hard to envision him making the team over fellow pass rusher K’Lavon Chaisson.