No. 1 recent Jaguars draft pick at risk of losing his roster spot: Shaquille Quarterman, LB
The Jaguars' 2020 draft class stands out for two reasons. The first one is that it was arguably the worst one David Caldwell had during his eight-year stint leading the front office. On the other hand, it produced several key contributors on special teams. the Jags would have probably preferred a few game-changers. Instead, they've already pulled the plug on two of their three first picks (C.J. Henderson and Laviska Shenault) and the third one (K'Lavon Chaisson) could soon be gone.
One of the Jaguars' draftees from 2020 that has carved a niche on special teams is linebacker Shaquille Quarterman, who hasn't missed a game in any of the last two seasons. A Florida native, Quarterman has mostly played on special teams over the last three seasons but has fared well coming off the bench.
Having said that, Quarterman might face an uphill battle to make the 53-man roster this year and that's because the Jaguars are loaded at linebacker. What was a weakness as recently as two years ago looks like a position of strength ahead of the regular season.
2022 first-round pick Devin Lloys is slated to start next to Foyesade Oluokun and sophomore Chad Muma will tentatively be the primary backup. The Jags also used drafted Ventrell Miller in May, so Quarterman could become a victim of the number's game.
Quarterman may end up seizing a roster spot but there's an equal chance he won't make the cut. The silver lining is that clubs in need of help at linebacker or special teams could try to swoop in and claim him if he's made available.