No. 3 Jaguars rookie with no room for error: Gregory Junior, CB
Gregory Junior made history when he became the first-ever player drafted from Ouachita Baptist University. While that’s an accomplishment worth recognition, his chances of making the Jaguars roster aren’t favorable when you take into account how stacked their cornerback room is.
The Jags have three starting corners in Shaquill Griffin, Darious Williams, and Tyson Campbell. Tre Herndon and Chris Claybrooks both have starting experience and are poised to take the fourth and fifth spots on the depth chart. That leaves Junior and fellow rookie Montaric Brown probably competing to make the team.
Keep in mind that Xavier Crawford stood out in minicamp and could end up making a serious run in training camp. Similarly, Brown’s ability to handle return duties could increase his case for earning a roster spot. This isn’t to say Junior won’t make the team but rather that he faces an uphill battle.
The Arkansas native isn’t lacking talent. Otherwise, the Jaguars’ brass wouldn’t have taken a chance on him. In fact, several clubs had met with him during the pre-draft, so he did clearly something right in college. The 6-foot,190-pound corner ran the 40-yard dash in 4.46 seconds and posted a 39-inch vertical leap at his pro day.
Junior played four seasons for the Tigers and appeared in 43 games. He logged 128 total tackles, 17 passes defensed, one interception, and 5.5 tackles for a loss. He could end up making the team and becoming a key cog on special teams but he will need to beat Crawford and Brown for that to happen.