3 players who could follow Chris Hewitt to Jacksonville Jaguars if they make him DC

• The Jaguars need to bolster their defense in free agency. These could sign these 3 players if they hire Chris Hewitt as their defensive coordinator.

Jan 23, 2020; Kissimmee, Florida, USA;  Baltimore Ravens secondary coach Chris Hewitt during AFC
Jan 23, 2020; Kissimmee, Florida, USA; Baltimore Ravens secondary coach Chris Hewitt during AFC / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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2.Rock Ya-Sin, cornerback

The Jaguars have a pair of starting cornerbacks in Tyson Campbell and Darious Williams. Injuries forced the former to sit out several games last year and hindered his performance when he was available. However, he was an ascending talent in 2022 and it's fair to assume that he can bounce back if he stays healthy next season. On the other hand, Williams logged four interceptions, tied for his personal best, and logged 19 passes defensed, the most he's had in his career.

But as good as Campbell and Williams are, the Jaguars could use depth at the position. Montaric Brown and Gregory Junior have made strides since they were both drafted in 2022. However, both of them could benefit from competition. It's also worth keeping an eye on in the team's nickel situation. Tre Herndon mostly lined up in the slot last year but he's slated to hit the open market. If he leaves, either Junior or defensive back Antonio Johnson could be in line to replace him.

Whether Herndon returns, the Jaguars shouldn't hesitate to bolster their cornerback room in the offseason. Rock Ya-Sin would be an intriguing yet affordable option in free agency. A second-round pick by the Indianapolis Colts in 2019, he was traded to the Las Vegas Raiders in 2022, where he spent one season. He joined the Ravens last year and is now slated to become a free agent.

While his numbers won't pop off the stat sheet, Ya-Sin has delivered when called upon. In 2023, he didn't get nearly as much playing time as in previous years, so he posted a career-low two pass deflections and no sacks.

Although Ya-Sin mostly lined up in the boundaries, he's played nickel at times. Last year, he signed a $4 million contract with the Ravens and may command a similar amount in March. He would be a solid No. 3 behind Campbell and Williams but the coaching staff could also try him out in the slot and see how he fares. Either way, he would give the Jaguars options at cornerback.