No. 3 Jaguars position group that has greatly improved – Cornerback
The Jaguars had a couple of talented cornerbacks in Shaquill Griffin and Tyson Campbell last season. However, the top brass recognizes that in today’s NFL, where throwing the ball is king, you need to have as many corners as possible. That’s why they didn’t hesitate to allocate meaningful resources to the unit this past offseason.
Even though cornerback wasn’t a pressing need, the Jags went on to sign Darious Williams to a three-year, $30 million contract. Williams will most likely line up in the slot, giving Jacksonville a superb starting trio. But that wasn’t the only move they made, as they brought back Tre Herndon, who can play inside and outside and has started experience. That wasn’t the last move the Jags made at the position though.
Back in the NFL Draft, the front office selected Gregory Junior and Montaric Brown with their last two picks. While both corners will have a steep hill to climb to make the roster, there’s no doubt the group is stacked ahead of training camp. Williams, Campbell, and Griffin will have the top three spots on the depth chart, and either Herndon or Chris Claybrooks will be No. 4. Last but not least is Rudy Ford, who is listed at safety but played nickel last season and could do so again if needed.
Looking at the Jaguars’ cornerback room, it’s possible that Herndon or Claybrooks won’t make the team, which would then pave the way for either Brown or Junior to make the cut. This might not be an elite unit but there are teams that would love to have the kind of depth Jacksonville has at the position.