5 2023 Senior Bowl standouts who should be on Jacksonville Jaguars radar
No. 4 Senior Bowl standout for Jacksonville Jaguars: Anthony Johnson
Not to be confused with Texas A&M safety Antonio Johnson, Virginia cornerback Anthony Johnson honored the late Devin Chandler in the Senior Bowl by wearing a jersey with his name and number. Johnson also took advantage of the spotlight and registered a pick sick.
A three-star prospect out of high school, Johnson originally attended Louisville before transferring to Virginia in 2021 in search of more playing time. He’s got the ideal size and length to play the position in the NFL but he lacks elite speed and burst. He needs to work on his tackling technique but he would be a solid addition to the Jaguars’ cornerback group in the later rounds of the draft.
No. 3 Senior Bowl standout for Jacksonville Jaguars: Sydney Brown
Safety isn’t among the Jaguars’ top offseason needs but they might need to reload the position if Andrew Wingard walks in free agency and Rayshawn Jenkins becomes a cap casualty. That’s where Illinois’ Sydney Brown comes in.
Brown ranks fifth among safety prospects on Pro Football Focus’ big board. He’s got top speed and great recognition skills. During Senior Bowl practices, he was tasked with lining up against wide receivers and fared well. He finished the 2022 season with 59 tackles, six picks, and a 49.6 percent completion rate.
Cornerback and tight end are bigger needs for the Jaguars but Brown might be too good to pass up in the second round.